One-act plays offer moments for laughter, tears
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Upper-class theatre students at Culver-Stockton College will present the Student-Directed One-Act Plays Saturday-Sunday, December 1-2, in Mabee Little Theatre, in the lower level of the Robert W. Brown Performing Arts Center on campus.
The performances of comedies and tragedies are directed by eight C-SC students who are a majoring or minoring in theatre. There are two performance groups: Group A will perform at 3 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday; Group B will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. All performances are free and open to the public.
Kate Wooters, junior from Moweaqua, Ill., will direct “‘Dentity Crisis,” written by Christopher Durang, a comedy about a young woman’s relationship with her family and her psychiatrist.
Molly Glawe, junior from Farmer City, Ill., will present “Papers” by Clare Kummer. In this play, the main character, George Willoughby, is obsessed with reading the newspaper and having difficulty finding time for his family.
Samantha Shields, senior from Kansas City, Mo., will direct “The Man Who Turned into a Stick,” by Japanese playwright Kobo Abe, the last in his trilogy of related plays about the cycle of life.
“Hell and Back,” by Sheri Wilner directed by James Schloz, junior from Moweaqua, Ill., tells the story of three generations of soldiers and how they cope with the
mental side effects of war.
“FM,” by Romulus Linney, which will be directed by Daniel Coffman, junior from Eldridge, Iowa, is a story about a creative writing teacher and one of her offensive, but promising pupils.
Senior Bethany Shannon from Marshall, Mo., will bring “Scuba Lessons” to life. This play by Joseph Zeccola is a “magically realistic romantic comedy” about co-workers Kelly and Dan who go on blind dates with other people.
“The Butleress,” by Nick Stoller, will be directed by Marshall A. Hampton, senior from Canton, Mo. In this play, four women meet at the local community theatre to rehearse for an obscure English mystery-drama, and begin to get murdered.
Senior Stacey Bregenzer of Hillsboro, Mo., will direct “The Ugly Duckling,” by A.A. Milne, a medieval story about the search for true love and fear of rejection due to ugliness.
The C-SC student directors are presenting the one-act plays as culmination of a semester’s study in a directing class taught by Haidee Heaton, assistant professor of theatre. The students are involved in every aspect of directing, from choosing which play to perform, to selecting costumes, and designing the sets.
For more information, contact the Fine Arts Office at 573-288-6346 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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