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One-Act Play Festival Features Superheroes, Pranksters

“The students will showcase plays about 10 minutes long, depicting various aspects of our lives, from pulling a practical joke, to being stuck in a funk, to the meeting hall of heroes.” — Matt Crossman

The Alpha Psi Omega’s annual One-Act Play Festival at Alma College will feature stories about an attorney facing his greatest challenge, a struggling job-seeker, black-hole realities, the trials of semi-superheroes and pranksters facing a moral dilemma.

The festival takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 in the Remick Heritage Center, Strosacker Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.

Upper-level theatre students direct five one-act plays during each performance.

“The Alpha Psi Omega’s One-Act Play Festival allows students to be a part of a full production in multiple capacities,” says Matt Crossman, theatre intern. “Working with actors, designers and stage managers, the students learn a better grasp of what it means to produce a full-length show.

“The students will showcase plays about 10 minutes long, depicting various aspects of our lives, from pulling a practical joke, to being stuck in a funk, to the meeting hall of heroes,” he says.

“An Interview,” directed by Eaton Rapids senior Josh Zeitler, features an attorney who, by hook or by crook, could bring any judge around to seeing things his way. Of course, that was when he was alive. Unfortunately, the arbiters of the afterlife might not be so easily manipulated.

“Slop Culture,” also directed by Zeitler, focuses on Danielle, who is fresh out of college and ready to enter the workforce but is struggling in the application process. She turns to her friends for help, but the advice they have isn’t what she expected.

“The Philadelphia,” directed by Harrisburg, Pa., senior Jessica Peters, describes a reality in which there are pockets, or black holes, called Philadelphias. Millions of people have spent entire lifetimes inside a Philadelphia and never even knew it. But what is a Philadelphia?

“A League of Semi-Superheroes,” directed by Oscoda junior Alex Lamrock, tells the story of five financially-stricken semi-superheroes who confront their uselessness in the world.

“Between Two Friends,” directed by Grand Blanc theatre intern Tara Bentley, features two friends with a penchant for playing pranks on their neighbors. They weigh the moral consequences and ethical dilemma of digging up a dead body for the sake of a prank.

The plays may contain explicit language and adult situations.

Story published on November 30, 2016
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