February 15, 2008
Student-produced play festival to take place
This year, there are six plays all connected by a central theme of isolation, and the productions have been split into two groups. "The Lady of Larkspur Lotion," "In the Shadow of the Glen" and "Laundry and Bourbon" were performed last night and can also be seen at 8 p.m. tomorrow. "Freud's House," "The Man in the Case" and "The Singing of the Stars" will be performed at 8 p.m. today and again Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2:30 p.m.
The plays will be directed by students who took Associate Professor of Theatre Doug Powers' directing class in the fall semester. Students were required to choose a play to direct that used only two to four actors. After completing the assignment, Powers selected the six best productions to be showcased in the festival.
This year's student directors are seniors Matthew McDonald, Emily Bross, Lauren Salvo, Jackie Collier, Laura Martin and Sandy Taylor. All have participated in previous productions.
This year's plays are from six different authors and span a century of time.
While the productions each have unique storylines and span a long time historically, the plays all relate through this year's theme of isolation. The theme can be seen in how each director utilizes the common scenery and in the conflicts within each play.
"If isolation is all we think about, what does that say about society?" Salvo asked.
The one-act plays are short and are produced completely by Susquehanna students. For this year's festival, the plays do not focus on the same author or genre as they have in the past.
Senior Brian Grier, who is acting in McDonald's production said, "On any given night, you get to see all kinds of productions."
"There's something for everybody-- comedy, drama, romance and suspense," Bross added.
The festival is an opportunity for both those involved and those in the audience to experience a different side of Susquehanna's theatre productions. "Being that we're student directors, we get to showcase works that are edgier, more contemporary," Collier said.
The plays are entirely student-run, and this year, freshman theatre majors have been given the opportunity to participate. "It gives a backbone to the theater department to showcase students' abilities," Salvo said.
Tickets for Susquehanna students, faculty and staff are free. They cost $7 for other students and $10 for adults.
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