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Florissant Valley Presents “An Evening of One Acts”

May 31, 2012

“An Evening of One Acts” takes the stage at St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley’s Terry M. Fischer Theatre at 8 p.m. June 6, 7, 8*, 9 and at 2 p.m. June 10. The campus is located at 3400 Pershall Road in Ferguson.

The featured plays are as follows:

“Water and Wine” by Stuart Spencer is directed by Chris Stephens. In the year 1506, a wine maker and his son discover an ancient statue buried on their property. Conflict develops over the value and meaning of art. Through the struggle the son finds his calling in life. This play is produced by special arrangement with Bruce Ostler, Rosenstone Adams, LLC.

“Alien Hand Syndrome” by Michael Erickson is directed by Taylor Gruenloh. Mark is diagnosed with the very rare but real illness of alien hand. His right hand has literally begun to lead a life of its own, separate from Mark. The hand learns sign language, gets Mark fired from his job, acquires a girlfriend, and becomes the person that Mark could never be. No matter what Mark does, he cannot stop his hand from dominating and tormenting him. Finally, Mark makes a bloody decision: only one of them will survive. This play is produced by special arrangement with Michael Erickson.

“Konvergence” by P.J. Gibson is directed by Renee Thomas-Woods. “Konvergence” depicts the turbulent reunion of a married couple after a year's separation. This upwardly mobile couple struggles with whether or not to assimilate into middle-class society and “become another chocolate-covered android of the system,” yet another statistic of the vacuous, materialistic American dream. This play is produced by special arrangement with P.J. Gibson.

“The Boor” by Anton Chekhov is directed by Daniel Betzler. Popova is still in deep mourning seven months after her husband's death. Suddenly, Smirnov arrives and rudely insists on seeing her. Popova's late husband owed him 1200 rubles and he demands the debt be paid at once because his creditors are after him. Smirnov challenges her to a duel for insulting him and Popova brings out her husband's pistols. At this point Smirnov realizes that he has fallen in love with this tough, spunky woman. Popova vacillates for a moment, but they end up in each other's arms. Scripts were purchased from Samuel French © 1915.

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.