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Florissant Valley Presents “An Evening of One Acts”

June 02, 2011

“An Evening of One Acts,” four short plays directed by three Florissant Valley faculty members, takes the stage at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley’s Terry M. Fischer Theatre at 8 p.m. June 8, 9, 10*, 11 and at 2 p.m. June 12. The campus is located at 3400 Pershall Road in Ferguson.

The featured plays are as follows:

"Arizona Anniversaries" by John Bishop is directed by Chris Stephens. Loneliness and death sure do have a knack for bringing people together. Thirty-something David tells the story of the birthday he spent in Arizona with his mother and a woman he met at the mall, of all places. This play is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

“4 a.m. (Open all Night)” by Bob Krakower is directed by Chris Stephens. In a diner, a waiter and a salty regular customer try to encourage a pair of early-morning diner patrons who are clearly destined to meet and fall in love. This play is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

“For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls” by Christopher Durang is directed by Daniel Betzler. In this parody of The Glass Menagerie, the fading Southern belle, Amanda, tries to prepare her hyper-sensitive, hypochondriac son, Lawrence, for "the feminine caller." Terrified of people, Lawrence plays with his collection of glass cocktail stirrers. Ginny, the feminine caller, is hard of hearing and overbearingly friendly. Brother Tom wants to go the movies, where he keeps meeting sailors who need to be put up in his room. Amanda tries to face everything with "charm and vivacity," but sometimes she just wants to hit somebody. This play is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

“Fathers and Other Strangers” by Jeff Stetson is directed by Renee Thomas Woods. This play is a compelling story about the sensitive and complex relationship between fathers and their children and captures the frustration that festers at the very soul of fathers and their sons when issues go unresolved. It also demonstrates how racism, violence and lack of communication threaten the bond between fathers and sons or strangers who become father-like figures. These issues are examined from the standpoint of psychiatry. These dates mark the St. Louis premiere of “Fathers and Other Strangers.” This play is produced by special arrangement with Jeff Stetson.

Admission is free and all performances are open to the public. For more information, call 314-513-4488. Special accommodations are available for persons with disabilities by calling 314-513-4477. Children 10 years of age and older, are welcome to this production.

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