Huntington, Ind.— Huntington College’s Annual One-Act Festival will be this May 3-5 beginning at 8:00 p.m. nightly in the Studio Theatre of the Merrillat Centre for the Arts. The public is invited to this free theatre event featuring two shows back-to-back each night. Seating is limited so be sure to arrive early.
On Thursday, May 3, Audience members will enjoy, Wiley and the Hairy Man, by Suzan Zedar, and The Patient, written by Agatha Christie. Meriel E. Teodori, a senior communication/ theatre major from Richmond, Virginia directs Wiley and the Hairy Man. This children’s show is sure to spark even the adult imagination. In this exciting duel of wits, Wiley learns to rely on his own resources when he conquers the Hairy Man and his own fear. Dave P. O’Roark who is the Huntington College Theatre Production Manager directs The Patient. This classic whodunit will keep you guessing from the first suggestion of foul play to the closing lines of the show.
Friday, May 4, the one-act’s featured will be Booth Tarkington’s, Beauty and the Jacobin, and William K. Gleason’s, Mr. Winkler’s Birthday Party. Troy Lazarus, a senior theatre performance major from Angola, Indiana, directs Beauty and the Jacobin. This story set during the French Revolution urges the audience to realize that relationships are what life is all about. In Mr. Winkler’s Birthday party, it’s a 75th birthday celebration with a twist. The guest of honor has already died in his hospital room. As family member’s come to visit, they wrestle with the dilemma of setting proper priorities. John T. Warden, a communication/ theatre major of Mainville, Ohio, will direct this show.
The productions performed on Saturday, May 5 will be, Wanda’s Visit, written by Christopher Durang, and WASP, written by Steve Martin. Directing Wanda’s Visit will be Tina McNally, a senior English education major from Huntington, Indiana. The story is a dramatic comedy of an eccentric woman’s attempt to reunite with her already attached high school sweetheart. Phillip Salazar, a sophomore English education major from Adrian, Michigan, will direct WASP. WASP, standing for White Anglo-Saxon Protestant, is a satiric reflection of a classic family in the 1950s. The play reflects issues that were pertinent to people living during this time through its zany characters and dry humor.
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