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Florissant Valley Presents “An Evening of One Acts”

May 21, 2013

“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 5-8, and at 2 p.m. June 9. The campus is located at 3400 Pershall Road in Ferguson.

The featured plays are as follows:

Lanford Wilson's “This is the Rill Speaking” is directed by Chris Stephens. This play captures the everyday happenings of rural America in all of its glories and shortcomings. One of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson’s seminal early works, "This Is the Rill Speaking" is a non-narrative, multi-vocal evocations of the 20th century small town; the genre embodied in works such as Dylan Thomas’s "Under Milkwood," Edgar Lee Master’s "Spoon River Anthology," the stories of Sherwood Anderson, and Thornton Wilder’s "Our Town." Such glimpses of smal- town quotidian passions and conversations combine to create a touching and resonant picture of life.

The play is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc.

“The American Century” by Murphy Guyer is directed by Daniel J. Betzler. World War II has ended and Tom, just discharged from the Army, returns to his young wife, Margaret, full of hope and enthusiasm, and dreams of a bounteous future. But as they plan their life together, they are joined by a brash young stranger who, to their amazement, proceeds to make himself very much at home. He is, he explains, one of the children they will have, and he fills them in so completely about their past and present lives—and the future which awaits them—that Tom and Margaret soon find themselves moving from incredulity to panic. In the most casual, blithely humorous manner he tells of a world gone mad with space races, Watergate and the threat of atomic annihilation; of his siblings who have come to a variety of bad ends; and of Tom and Margaret's own descent into bankruptcy, booze, and pill-popping. Increasingly aghast as one horror is casually (and hilariously) piled on another, Tom rushes for the door, determined to escape before any of this can occur only to be pursued by his unloving but pragmatic son who suddenly realizes that without a father, his own existence, chancy as it may be, will never happen.

The play also is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc.

“Sasparilla” by Robert Plowman is directed by Taylor Gruenloh and produced by special arrangement with Robert Plowman.

“You’re Invited” by Darren Canady is directed by Renee Thomas Woods. It is produced by special arrangement with Darren Canady.

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.