One-act Plays Feature Issue-oriented Themes
Theatre should make you think, says Joe Jezewski, chair and
associate professor for the Alma College Theatre and Dance
“Whether watching a one-act play or a full-length production, the audience is often both entertained and forced to face uncomfortable issues or ideas,” says Jezewski.
This year’s One-Act Play Festival at Alma College, named “Sex, Murder and Rock & Roll” by theatre students, is certain to leave the audience thinking, as an issue-oriented selection of plays is intended to provoke smiles, laughter, tears and introspective questions.
Alma College Theatre presents the 2007-08 One-Act Play Festival at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 in the Remick Heritage Center, Strosacker Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
This year’s festival comprises a series of six contemporary and diverse plays, each performed in a single act. All of the plays are entirely student run and directed.
Opening the festival is “Affair Play” by Jessica Goldberg. Revolving around a love affair in contemporary times, this dark piece involves deception, love and “people being other people” and moves toward a surprising conclusion, says junior director Ruth Nardecchia.
“I really enjoyed the script when I first read it,” says Nardecchia. “I felt it was something that would be really fun for everyone in it and watching it.”
“The Last Night of the World” by Cody Daigle, directed by junior Linnae Caurdy, travels back in time to Dec. 31st, 1999, when apprehension and excitement for the new millennium were higher than ever before. Caught in a personal crisis situation, one young woman hopes that Y2K will change, or even end, the world. However, waiting for Jan. 1st, 2000 in a bar, she finds a sympathetic listener who helps her talk about and sort out her issues and her future—if there is one.
“This play contains a mixture of comedy and really serious issues,” says Jezewski. “It’s also set in a historical moment — the new millennium — that almost all of us remember being a part of.”
“A Gaggle of Saints” by Neil LaBute and directed by senior Rebecca Peacock is a structurally unique play about a young Mormon couple who separately recall a violent anniversary weekend in New York City. Never directly conversing with one another, the two reveal and reflect on the complexities of lifestyle choices, relationships and homosexuality, among other things.
“The characters’ monologues deal with some sensitive issues,” says Peacock. “I love this play because it questions and challenges perspectives and beliefs that we are all aware or involved with to some degree.”
“Just One Night” by Kim Levin deals with the particularly difficult issue of rape. The play, directed by junior Katherine Johns, focuses on the gray area of rape and date rape, and questions what constitutes each. “Just One Night” is a thought-provoking piece that may leave the audience with more questions than answers.
“The Man Who Couldn’t Dance” by Jason Katim is an absorbing drama directed by Alma College Theatre Intern Ashley Sawatzke. The play deals with intimate relationship issues and what happens when a relationship ends and the different paths people take. It also examines the different ways in which people need each other and the dichotomy presented by two different perspectives of the same situation.
The One-Act Festival concludes with “Après Opéra” by Michael B. Dixon and Valerie Smith, a “satirical farce” directed by junior Andrea Martz. The play deals with problems and situations that arise when a relationship dissolves but in a very “over the top manner” that is dissimilar from the festival’s other plays with relationship themes. This highly theatrical and musical stylized play provides an entertaining cap to an excellent evening of theatre.
Some of the plays contain explicit language and adult situations.
Posted: Wed, November 28th, 2007 at 1:12PM