SHERMAN, TEXAS—The Austin College Theatre Department presents a series of student-directed one-act plays for “An Evening of Romantic Comedy” November 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Ida Green Theatre of Ida Green Communication Center. Each short play is directed by a student in the fall 2013 directing class. The performances are free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
The Friday evening presentation will be followed by a performance of the Austin College Improv Troupe.
The four plays, with their casts and directors, are listed separately below, along with an overview provided by each director.
Junior Stefany Cruz of Plano, Texas, directs February 14th, written by Seth Kramer. Her cast includes junior Sarah Wilhelm of Arlington, Texas, as Lois, and freshman Keaton Raney of Paris, Texas, as Gannon.
"Valentine’s Day sucks when you’ve lost your spouse – or you’re waiting for divorce papers,” said Cruz of the play. “Lois and Gannon, friends since kindergarten, decide to spend the day together only to discover they have more between them than shared misfortune.”
Junior Amy Anderson of Austin, Texas, directs The Blueberry Hill Accord by Daryl Watson. Her cast includes junior Suzanne Francis of Fort Worth, Texas, as Lindsay, and senior Katherine Ailshire of Sherman, Texas, as Hannah.
“High school student Lindsay has bad news for her friend Hannah: she wants to end their nine-year friendship,” Anderson said. “But before they go their separate ways, there are a few things to be straightened out, put into writing, signed, and notarized. After all, there’s no need for a messy break-up when you can negotiate a peaceful truce …”
Junior Sarah Davis of Southmayd, Texas, directs Prelude to Thirty-Five, written by Seth Kramer. Her cast includes sophomore Greyson Sanders of Springfield, Ohio, as Jay, and sophomore Johanna Hunter of Whitewright, Texas as Rae.
“Rae is more willing to wait nine hours at a train station in the middle of a snowstorm than listen to Jay, whose attempts to mollify her threaten to end with a bloody nose and a broken heart—hardly the proper context for a typical marriage proposal,” Davis said. “Prelude to Thirty-five looks at families, love, and life from the present moment: it’s hard to envision the future when you can’t even tell where you’re standing right now. Can Rae and Jay put aside their pride and fear, and find reconciliation? Is the future something they can make together? And what do hamsters have to do with this?”
The fourth performance, Something Like Penguins, written by Levi Wilson, is directed by junior Anika Payne of Fort Worth, Texas. Her cast includes sophomore Ryan Stoll of Fort Worth, Texas, as Eli; freshman Noelle Low of Sunnyvale, Texas, as Heather; and sophomore Reed Cook of Owasso, Oklahoma, as Daniel.
Summarizing the play, Payne said, “Eli returns home from a trip to find himself locked out of his apartment with no keys. When his friend Daniel turns up he seems oddly unhappy to see him. When their friend Heather appears, the plot thickens: who has been seeing whom, and for how long? Do these friends need to prove themselves to each other, or to her? What does Heather want, and who will have to make a choice? Something Like Penguins provides a comic study of human mating practices through a novel resolution of the classic romantic triangle.”