Student-directed One-Act Plays to open Nov. 18 Student work will be featured in The University of South Dakota Theatre Department's annual workshop production of One-Act Plays. Working with limited financial and technical support, a mix of undergraduate and graduate students will bring to life a diverse array of short plays, Nov. 18 to 20 at 7 p.m. in the Arena Theatre.
This year's plays run the gamut from comedy and drama, to the absurd, and deal with such diverse topics as materialism, first dates, murder, relationships, and questions of right and wrong.
The evening begins with Unveiling, an absurdist drama by Vaclav Havel. Directed by Amanda Sides, Unveiling features a materialistic married couple who seek to convince their friend, Vanek, that he, too, can live the perfect life � provided he follow their model. The second show is David Ives's popular comedy Foreplay: or, the Art of the Fugue. In this play, director Aaron Paschall examines the games people play as they explore the possibility of entering a romantic relationship.
Sometimes She Dreams, written and directed by Alyssa Horn, is a personal look at the nature of illusion and truth and how the protagonist deals with a traumatic event. The evening shifts to a turn-of-the-century murder mystery with Trifles by Susan Glaspell. Under the direction of Heather Carlyle, Trifles leads us to see that the small things in life are often what matter most.
The bill of one-acts concludes with Rosemary with Ginger by Edward Allen Baker. Rose Ann Kelly directs this drama which is set in a run-down inner city diner and features two sisters who struggle to come to terms with a deteriorating economic situation and relationships in conflict. Rosemary with Ginger contains adult language.
Tickets are $4 for the general public and $2 for U. students with valid ID. As seating is limited in the Arena Theatre, reservations are recommended and can by made by calling (605) 677-5400 or by stopping by the University Theatre box office in the afternoons beginning Nov. 15.