Students Produce Fun, Carefree One-Act Plays
From the costumes to set design to direction, the annual One-Act
Play Festival at Alma College is a series of productions led by
students. For the first time in years, the plays for the 2008 festival
were chosen with the intent to be funny and lighthearted.
Alma College Theatre presents the One-Acts at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21 and Saturday, Nov. 22 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23 in the Remick Heritage Center’s 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.
“This the first time the One-Acts have not included any serious piece,” says faculty director Joe Jezewski. “The plays are fun and communicate in a more humorous way than past productions.”
The seven plays chosen by the student directors vary in topic, ranging from an office romance to a story about four women who explore their self-esteem.
“The Second Beam” by Joan Ackermann, directed by Rockford senior Linnae Caurdy, concerns four women who explore their own strengths and weaknesses while auditioning for a production involving the question of how to freeze a beam of light. Eventually, they become illuminated to their own self-esteem and confidence.
“Courting Prometheus” by Charles Forbes and directed by Grosse Ile senior David Dyer is a romantic comedy about a couple separated by a cubicle wall. The woman, hurt in past relationships, is not interested in the man’s persistent and excessive attentions. Her disinterest also becomes a wall between them like the cubicle.
Oxford senior Beth Hubbard directs “Making the Call” by Jane Martin. This play concerns a young woman, Elizabeth, who is approached by a secret service agent with an illicit offer from the president of the United States. Elizabeth considers what to do while the president awaits downstairs.
“Sure Thing” by David Ives and directed by Newport, Vermont, senior Brian Kilday concerns the difficulty that some men and women face to express themselves. The play begins with stereotypical guy-girl scenarios that end horribly yet humorously. Kilday says, “It is a laugh-out loud-comedy that everyone can relate to about the troubles of making a connection.”
“The Interrogation” by Murphy Guyer, directed by Edmore junior Meekin Udell, shows a couple meeting in a bar after breaking up from a serious relationship. Each person learns what the other has been doing since the relationship. Eventually, they discuss what happens next. They play explores the struggles and quirks that couples deal with after a breakup.
“Prelude to Thirty-Five” by Seth Kramer, directed by Worthington, Ohio, sophomore Emily Bartelt, is a play about a lovers’ quarrel at a train station. Also presented is “Good Neighbors” by John Bartholomew Tucker, directed by Elwell senior Hillary Sea Bard.
Posted: Wed, November 12th, 2008 at 12:23AM