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Student directors showcase new skills in "Student-Directed One-Act Plays"

The Student-Directed One-Acts Plays open on Thursday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. inside the Mathile Lab Theatre. (photo/Department of Theatre Arts)

The Student-Directed One-Acts Plays open on Thursday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. inside the Mathile Lab Theatre. (photo/Department of Theatre Arts)

Ohio Northern University’s Department of Theatre Arts will present its final student production of the 2015-16 academic year, with the Student-Directed One-Act Plays in the Mathile Lab Theatre on Thursday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. Additional performances are on Friday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 23 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 24 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for ONU students and can be purchased at the Freed Center’s box office, or through the following link.

This finale of the theatrical season allows student directors the opportunity to offer two hours of entertainment for their peers. The short plays offer a medley of theatrical variety carefully chosen by the directors.

The performance opens with the comic monologue, “Mrs. Sorken,” by Christopher Durang, directed by senior international theatre production and creative writing student Elizabeth Roth. This welcoming speech is delivered by an eccentric spectator who explains in hilarious terms what she likes and dislikes about the theatrical scene.

Following Roth’s monologue is the first one-act play of the evening, “Chamber Music,” by Arthur Kopit, directed by junior theatre and music performance student Jordan Loyd. Kopit’s absurdist comedy from the 1960s features a group of female patients in a mental institution, gathered together for a communal meeting. This gathering goes zanily wrong, mostly due to the vast collection of alter egos.

The second one-act play, “Scenes from Metamorphosis,” is a selection from a longer work by Mary Zimmerman, directed by senior international theatre production student Jennifer Lynn Giangola. The lyrical piece features an ensemble of actors who imagine multiple myths from the Roman poet, Ovid.

The final performance of the production will feature Kevin McFillen’s “Subtraction,” directed by Roth. This intriguing play centers around memory and loss, with an elderly man feeding pigeons by himself in a park. He encounters a woman from “the office of subtraction,” an office, the audience will learn, whose task is to balance the universal equation between mankind.

Student directors have rigorously worked on their direction skills during the 2015-16 academic year, under the supervision of Freed Center Dramaturge and Lecturer Joan Robbins.

The Student-Directed One-Act Plays occurs every other academic year, allowing time for students to learn the basics of direction, theatrical style and play analysis.

 

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