Student-directed plays at Stover

April 19, 2012

'Success' features (l to r) Lindsey Guenther, Brenna Burgess, Corley Groves, Caron Davis, Nick Pollitt, Marcia Myers, Cassie Kris, Suzanne Reffel, Jorge Lanza. Photo by Garth van Gorder.

Stetson University closes its 106th season with a showcase of student-directed one-act plays April 19-22 at Stover Theatre. This performance is comprised of four one-act plays that are funny, moving, occasionally weird, but very entertaining. The four shows include Success by Arthur Kopit, directed by Caitlyn Foster; Reverse Transcription by Tony Kushner, directed Caleb Canlon; Words, Words, Words by David Ives, directed by Shane Klingensmith; and Medea by Christopher Durang, directed by Kristi Collins.

Success is about a famous writer that speaks at a woman’s book club about his latest bestseller. But success isn’t all it is cracked up to be as Krum, the author, struggles to communicate to the crowd about his latest work with disastrous results. Reverse Transcription takes place in Abel’s Hill cemetery around midnight. Six playwrights have gathered to illegally bury their dead friend. Hesitant to proceed with the burial, they each begin to drink and to share a little too much. Words, Words, Words is a short comedy about three monkeys who endeavor to recreate Shakespeare’s classic work, Hamlet… Completely by chance. The conversation that ensues is just as ridiculous as the work they create. In Medea, an award-winning stage actress decides to reclaim a much maligned female character. Her attempt to do so yields hilarious results.

The ensemble cast for this showcase includes the following performers:

Success: Nick Pollitt, Corley Groves, Cassie Kris, Juliette Wheeler, Lindsey Guenther, Suzanne Reffel, Caron Davis, Jorge Lanza, Michaela Kearney, Brenna Burgess and Marcia Myers.

Reverse Transcription: Ellen Smittle, Zantrell Williams, Orion Meades, Davon Porter, Thomas Ecker, and Jacob Manos.

Words, Words, Words: Caitlyn Foster, Jarrod Beck, and Gladys Valle.

Medea: Katie Jared, Olivia Moeschet, Rachel Markunas, Amanda Roy, Brianna Lancaster, Erin Carney, Jarrod Beck, Elise Holt and Jessica Ryan.

This festival of student-directed one-acts will be presented Thursday through Saturday, April 19 – 21, at 8 p.m. The final performance will be a matinee on Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m.

Admission for each performance is $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and non-Stetson students. Stetson students, faculty, and staff presenting valid I.D. will be admitted free of charge. Stover Theatre is located at535 N. Florida Avenue. Parking is free. Tickets will be available at the door, and can be purchased by either cash or check.

For information or reservations, call the Stover Theatre box office at (386) 822-8700. Reserved tickets must be picked up 30 minutes prior to the start of each show.


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