A trip to New York City, a cross-examination in criminal court, a scientific experiment with chimpanzees – “An Evening of One Acts,” staged by University of Findlay Theatre Program students, will transport via an eclectic collection of short scenes. The disparate performances will enthrall with intriguing subject matter, and artfully showcase the students’ breadth of talent.
Featured will be five plays, four directors and 10 actors, all in less than two hours. Performances will be held at the Frank J. Egner Center for the Performing Arts’ John and Hester Powell Grimm Theatre on Thursday through Saturday, April 6-8 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 9 at 2 p.m.
Admission for the general public will be $6. Tickets can be obtained at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts’ box office at 200 W. Main Cross St., calling 419-423-2787, or visiting marathoncenterarts.org. UF students, faculty and staff will be admitted free with a valid University ID.
Eleven actors, from freshmen to seniors, will include Rachel Coberley, Andrew Peatee, Sarah Bornhorst, Emma Lamore, Michael Knight, Jonda Krontz, Blaek Bush, Jacob Myers, Becca Kowalski, A.J. Kittle and India Miller. Students Adrionna Powell Lawerence, Tabitha Kittle and Abigail Bumbledare will direct.
The opening act, “Degas, C’est Moi,” written by David Ives, will include all students actors and be directed by Meriah Sage, visiting assistant professor of theater at UF. The story: a man wakes up one morning and decides to be the French artist, Edgar Degas. He decides the best location to do this is New York City, where he encounters all that makes great art.
“The Worker,” written by Walter Wykes, will star Coberley, Peatee and Bornhorst, and be directed by Lawerence. The “dark” comedic story: two characters are faced with difficult choices that could alter life as they know it.
“I Dream Before I Take the Stand,” written by Arlene Hutton, will star Lamore and Knight, and be directed by Tabitha Kittle. The story: A defense lawyer cross-examines a woman during her testimony in a sexual assault case, and in doing so, horribly distorts her perfectly innocent walk in the park.
“Word, Words, Words,” written by David Ives, will star Krontz, Bush and Myers. The story: Three intelligent chimpanzees named Kafka, Milton and Swift are put in a cage together under the experimenting eye of Dr. Rosenbaum, a scientist testing the hypothesis that three apes hitting keys at random on typewriters for an infinite amount of time will almost surely produce Shakespeare’s play, “Hamlet.”
“Subtraction,” written by Kevin McFillen, will feature A.J. Kittle and Miller, and be directed by Bumbledare. The story: An elderly man feeding pigeons in a park encounters a woman from ‘the office of subtraction,’ an office, we learn, whose task is to balance the universal equation. “Subtraction” explores memory, loss and the power of love.