Starting next week, students in the Newman Theatre Department’s performance classes will be putting on a collection of 10-minute one-act plays directed by students in the Jabara Theatre.
There are 16 different one-act plays, between two introduction to theatre classes and a directing class.
Meghan McGehee, sophomore, said she is one of eight directors this year and will be directing an original play that she wrote.
“It’s called ‘Hate The Player’. It’s about these four girls at a sleepover who all find out they’re talking to the same guy,” she said.
Her play is a comedy, but McGehee said there are plays for everyone, with themes ranging from from tragedies to social justices.
“Some of them are really funny. Some of them are social justice pieces,” she said. “We even have a tragedy which was written by a Newman student several years ago.”
The plays themselves are projects held within the class, and even people not enrolled in the class.
Taylor Rose, junior, said everything is moving quickly with the musical “Footloose” just ending and the one-act plays starting next week.
Rose said she is acting in two different one-act plays this year. The first play is McGehee’s “Hate The Player”.
“My character’s name is Morgan, and she is the instigator of all the problems,” she said. “She’s not very friendly when she finds out that two of her other friends are talking to the same guy.”
Rose said she plays a character in another one-act play written by Lauren Spencer.
“It’s such a weird one-act,” Rose said. “My character comes back after having an affair to find her husband raising a fully grown man as a baby, claiming that the man is their son.”
Lucas Farney, sophomore, said he is thankful that this project was assigned within the class because it has given them a time and space to work on the plays.
“Since it’s for a class it’s been a lot easier than if we were just thrown into it,” he said. “It has been easy because we were given a checklist of things that need to be included in the play. Things like a prop book and a prop list have been really helpful.
Although Farney and his one-act play cast did not participate in the production of “Footloose”, he said almost everyone has been affected by it. Farney said the demanding schedule of “Footloose” made it difficult to practice their one-acts.
“We’ve had our plays casted for a couple months now, and we just had our first rehearsal for our play recently,” he said.
You can catch the introduction to theatre plays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and the directing class play’s from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Jabara Blackbox Theatre in De Mattias.
This story first appeared in the November 30, 2017 issue of The Vantage.