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One-Act Play Festival This Weekend at Forest Park

September 17, 2013

For the 23rd year, St. Louis Community College-Forest Park is hosting the Annual One-Act Play Festival Sept. 20-22 in the Mildred E. Bastian Center for the Performing Arts, presented by the College Theater Council of Greater St. Louis.

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The Forest Park and Meramec theater programs at St. Louis Community College are this year’s participating schools, and will present two one-acts each.

Forest Park’s entries are “Checkers” by Dale Doerman and “Auld Lang Syne” by Beverly Creasey, both featuring two characters and dealing with relationships. Carla Moody is the director.

Meramec is performing “Remove” by Eric Coble, directed by Drew Donohue, and “Striving to Live,” an original piece conceived and directed by Dennis M. Corcoran and the ensemble.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 3 p.m. Sunday. There is no admission charge and it is open to the public.

“Checkers” is about an elderly couple playing checkers in the park, combining their recollections of earlier years to reaffirm their love. Doerman’s play is part of his 1984 Park Vignettes series of one-acts. He is a university professor and is a former dramaturge at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

“Auld Lang Syne," subtitled "I Bet You Think This Play Is About You," is about two people who meet on a street corner. They were friends way back and have a lot of catching up to do. Creasey is a New England playwright, and the piece was written in 1987.

Eric Coble, author of Meramec’s piece “Remove,” was born in Scotland but raised on Southwestern Indian reservations. He is a member of the Cleveland Play House’s Playwrights Unit, and an occasional contributor to NPR. He is part of a “Footlight Parade” show that can be heard on classical music stations across the U.S.

For more information, call Theatre Manager Jeffrey Schaefer at 314-644-9381.