Students perform one-acts

Apr 282010
Authors: Sharon Smaldone

From contemporary plays about childhood imaginary friends to classics penned hundreds of years ago by Shakespeare, the One Act Play Festival will feature nine student-directed plays over the course of three nights.

Three plays will be presented each night. The plays begin at 7 p.m. in the Studio Theatre of the University Center for the Arts today Friday and Saturday. Each play lasts approximately 30 to 40 minutes.

Students direct the plays as a final project for their spring directing class.
Theater professor Eric Prince supervised the directing process and offered constructive feedback to students.

“Our professor wanted us to experience putting a full show together,” said theater major Karly Adams, whose play will be presented during the festival.
The Young Producer’s Organization is assisting the student directors by helping with lighting and sound in the performances and event marketing. 

Junior theater major Sean Cummings chose to direct a play he wrote himself.
“I’ve been interested in playwriting for a long time,” Cummings said. The play has been a work in progress for about two years.

“It would be a missed opportunity to do a script someone else has already written,” Cummings said of his opportunity to direct. His original play, “Reverse Cowgirl,” will be presented on Friday.

Senior Karly Adams chose to direct William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” It has been edited down to 40 minutes. 

“It’s very lighthearted, very funny,” Adams said of the play, which is a comedy about a love triangle. “As You Like It” will also be presented on Friday.

Junior theater major Ben Wasser is directing a more contemporary play, “Mr. Marmalade,” written by Neil LaBute, which is about a 4-year-old girl and her imaginary friend, Mr. Marmalade.

“She created him to get away from everyday life,” Wasser said. The play is a dark comedy and will be presented today.

The student directors are responsible for planning every aspect of their respective plays, from costumes and sets to lighting and sound, Prince said.
Open student auditions were held to cast actors for the play.

“Some of the actors are theater majors and others just have an interest in theater,” Adams said.

The student directors have been working on their plays for a while.

“We’ve had to start thinking about them since the beginning of the semester,” Adams said of the plays.

The event is free and open to the public.

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