The work of student directors will be on display in an upcoming Festival of One-Act Plays scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on April 4, 5, 11 and 12 in the Davis Hall Little Theater at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
The festival is the culmination of a two-term directing class that gives students the opportunity to explore the craft of directing and practice their skills in lab productions with student actors.
There is no charge for attending the festival but donation boxes will be set up in the lobby for those interested in supporting the program.
While the festival may explore the more avant-garde territory of modern theatre, it also features a first for USAO’s theatre arts program under Davis – staged performance of an original piece written by a student.
Twisted Trees, the only piece of the festival that Davis is directing, is written by senior theatre arts major Brian Coburn, of Moore. The autobiographical play deals with Coburn having lost his mother in the tornado that destroyed Moore on May 3, 1999 and his journey through grief in the fifteen years since.
In addition to Coburn’s piece, the festival will feature one-act plays by playwrights Samuel Beckett, Christopher Durang, Tom Stoppard, Maria Irene Fornes and Ethyl Eichelberger.
Each show will be performed twice with the shows presented on April 4 being repeated on April 11 and those on April 5 repeating on April 12.
More information about the Festival of One-Act Plays can be obtained by calling 574-1310.