Department of Theatre to Present Student-Directed One-Act Play Festival April 18-19

April 08, 2009

 The Mount Union College Student-Directed One-Act Play Festival will be held on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19 at 8 p.m. in Rodman Playhouse. The plays will include The Girl Who Loved the Beatles, Heights and Not Enough Rope.

The Girl Who Loved the Beatles, a comedy written by D.B. Gilles, will be directed by Heather Brown, asenior theatre major from Bainbridge.  Beth Bauer, freshman cognitive and behavioral neuroscience major from Hampton Township, PA will play Loretta, a married woman who flees to New York in search of herself and a better life. 

Loretta applies for a position with a one-man advertising form, only to find out that the owner, Leonard, played by Daniel Huston, sophomore mathematics major from Salem, is going out of business.  Consequently, Loretta begins to sense that Leonard may be the man she has been searching for all along, and despite Leonard’s resistance, the two encounter inescapable truths about love and life.

Heights, a drama written by Amy Fox, will be directed by Julia Chereson, senior theatre major from Nova.   First produced by the Ensemble Studio Theatre in 2000, the play was later produced by Triple Crown Productions in London in 2001.  Fox then wrote a screenplay based on the one-act in 2000. 

The performance has been condensed into a four-minute scene in the movie.  The cast includes Greg Smith, freshman literature major from Mentor, as Alec; Cassandra Martin, freshman theatre major from Canton, as Isabel; and Tyler Mason, freshman music major from Green, as Jonathan.

Not Enough Rope, a dark comedy written by Elain May, will be directed by Katie Zontini, a senior theatre major from Eastlake.  The cast includes Katy Borland, sophomore middle childhood education major from Carollton, as Edith; Jon Baley, sophomore music major from Bath, as Claude; and Megan Reichard, junior early childhood education major from Getzville, NY, as Mrs. Pierce.

The plot centers around a lonely young woman living in a boarding house who asks a new male tenant to borrow some rope in order to hang herself.  After receiving the twine, she proceeds to string herself up so that she cannot move without the danger of strangling.  Aware that the other tenants are out, she calls to the young man for help.  As she stands balanced on the edge of the chair, it becomes obvious that he is reluctant to become involved.

Rodman Playhouse is located on the corner of Union Avenue and Simpson Street.  These performances are free and open to the public.                           

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