Student-created plays one-act plays open May 17


CORVALLIS, Ore. – The 2012 Spring One-Act Festival, featuring plays written, directed and designed by Oregon State University students, comes to the Withycombe main stage starting Thursday, May 17.

The festival, which runs May 17-19 beginning at 7:30 p.m. and May 20 at 2 p.m., features six original one-act plays including an eclectic mix of comedy and drama from playwriting students. Withycombe Hall is located at 30th and Campus Way on the OSU campus.

“Jolly Jack Junior,” by Jeff Goode and directed by Sarah McKenney, is a swashbuckling farce complete with pirates, wenches, and sword-fights. The cast includes OSU students Sam Thompson and Alexa Johnston.

Christopher Durang’s “The Actor’s Nightmare,” directed by Davey Kashuba, is a comedy about an actor thrust into a nightmare of a show. This play features students Megan Haverman, Nicole Snyder, Mason Atkin, Chris Peterman, Chris Omerod, and Sam Thompson. Corvallis community member Eric Leman is also featured.

In Crane Johnson’s “Fear”, directed by Megan Grassl, a young woman is terrorized by a charming young man. This play features community members Jamie Bilderback and Jonathan Thompson.

Lanford Wilson’s drama “Your Everyday Ghost Story,” directed by Abbey Pasquini, is a tale about the destruction and devastation of AIDS and features OSU students Andrew Toyer and Alexander Johnston.

“Get Out of Your Cage,” by Mary Plowman and directed by Tucker Minnick, is a play dealing with the conflict between life’s duties and the desire for adventure. It features OSU students Alycia Olivar, Maira Rodriguez, Kimberly Wilson, Emerson Hovenkamp, Deborah Shapiro, and Troy Toyama.

Romulus Linney’s bittersweet comic drama “Paradise,” directed by Rowan Wolff Russell, explores the dynamics of a family trying to find its footing in Florida. It features students Irene Drage, Caleb Lewis, Ciana Ginochio, and Pat Purdue. Community member Ariel Ginsburg also stars.

Tickets are $8 general, $6 seniors, $5 for student/youth and $4 for OSU students. Information: 541-737-2784 or http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre.