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Five Colleges to Perform in One-Act Play Festival at STLCC-Forest Park

September 13, 2011

One-Act Festival  

Eight works will be performed by five college theatre programs in the 21st annual One-Act Play Festival set for Sept. 16, 17 and 18 in the Mildred E. Bastian Center for the Performing Arts at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, 5600 Oakland Ave.

The University of Missouri-St. Louis and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will join STLCC's Florissant Valley, Forest Park and Meramec campuses in the event. Performances will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16 and 17, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18. Admission is free and open to the public.

“ADWIT,” directed by Katie Allison, is an original work written by SIUE student Sara Fehrman. It’s about five letters (A, D, W, I and T) living in a post-apocalyptic world where they are the only thing left. The cast includes Josh Sutter, Alex Moore, Judy Gasser, Meagan O’Neill and Nicole Fielder.

“I selected this piece to do because I think that a one-act festival is a great opportunity to showcase new writer’s material, and I really loved this script,” Allison said.

Angelina Lahr directs “Ferris Wheel” by Mary Miller. Blake Brust plays John and Becky Champion is Dorie, who meet unintentionally on a ferris wheel. Both facing dilemmas, they must find a coping method to relax when they are trapped on the ferris wheel, which gets caught with them on top. In this comedy, they can either be rescued or the ferris wheel fixed.

“Murder by Midnight” is one of two one-acts that UMSL will perform. Director Ashley Alcomo said that in an environment filled with accidental murder and the chance of actually solving a case right – Dick Piston, hotel detective, complete with sideways head gesture, tries to figure out the plight of a hotel guest who’s wearing nothing but a towel – really! Watch Dick Piston, hotel detective, try to figure out another case. His job depends on it. Sean Green stars as Dick Piston, with Rachel Lijon as Woman, and Michael Pierce as Bellboy.

UMSL’s other entry, “The Pink Bedroom,” is written by Tennessee Williams and directed by Kevin Hester. Two lovers rehash the past 10 years of their affair and its disintegration.

Forest Park's entry is "Eat Cake," an absurdist comedy by Jean-Claude van Itallie. Tim Daly directs the two-person production. Chris Felts and Kaylee Pierce, who appeared in last year's fall comedy "My First Time," reunite in this 1971 one-act about a housewife, absorbed in her TV, who is forced by an intruder to eat cake.

Chris Stephens directs STLCC-Florissant Valley’s two short one-acts, “4 a.m. (Open All Night)” by Bob Krakower and “Arizona Anniversaries” by John Bishop, both contemporary works that premiered at the revered Humana Festival. “4 a.m.” is set in an diner with a diner, waiter and salty customer trying to hook-up two new patrons destined to fall in love. “Arizona Anniversaries” demonstrates how loneliness and death will bring people together.

“The Least Offensive Play in the Whole Darn World,” directed by Maggie Williams, is SIUE’s other offering. Written by Jonathan Rand, the 2004 parody spoofs censorship and controversial language and content in the world’s great literary works. Characters, both classic and contemporary, include Romeo and Medea to David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross” and the musical “Rent.”

Ashley Newman, a student at Webster University, is the production stage manager. Webster students Lionel Christian is the assistant stage manager and Katie Stepanek is the lighting designer. 

For more information, contact Tim Daly, Forest Park theater manager, at 314-644-9386.