Showcase of One-Act Plays

Truman State University’s Theatre Department will present the work of 6 new directors coming out of the Play Direction class in the Severns Theatre on Truman’s campus.  Each directing student will present a different one act play from some of the best playwrights from around the country:

 Sorry, Dude…I’m Trying to Go Vegan So I’m Gonna Have to Eat You
By Bradley Walton
Directed by Courtney Kopp
“The play is about carnivore finding the way to veganism.”

This Movie
By Amanda Keating
Directed by Max Richards
“Two people bond at the movies over their loneliness on Thanksgiving Day.”

Pillow Talk
By John Pielmeier
Directed by Justin Sweeney
“Mark Bloomer shows up to his first marriage counseling appointment with wife Jaydeen only to find that the counselors, Tiffany Heaven and Roger Creosote, have more issues than he does!”

Sure Thing
By David Ives
Directed by Kameron Boucher
“Two people meet in a cafe and find their way through a conversational minefield as they use a magic bell to reset their mistakes on the way to falling in love.”

A Flawed Character
By Andrew Biss
Directed by Brynn Yarham
“An author struggles to place a character in his play.”
Brief mentions of suicide

The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations
By Jonathan Graham
Directed by Sam Bowman
“George attempts to see himself through an especially bewildering job interview with an HR person at Continuum Incorporated.”

This festival is a result of Truman’s Play Direction course, taught by Assistant Professor David Charles Goyette.  The Play Direction course is required of all Theatre Majors in order to graduate. As the final assignment each student is required to direct a one-act play.  The plays had to be published within the last 80 years, between 10 and 30 minutes in length and without heavy scenic, costume, light or sound effects.  These final productions represent a synthesis of numerous concepts explored in the course of the semester.  Students explored composition and picturization techniques, scene analysis, how to develop a directorial approach, methods on how to work with actors, etc.

The performances will be held at the Truman State University Ophelia Parrish Fine Arts Center in the James G. Severns Theatre. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.