USAO Debuts Student One-Act Plays Festival April 13

USAO Debuts Student One-Act Plays Festival April 13



CHICKASHA – Students at the University of Science and Arts are trying their hand at playwriting, one act at a time. On April 13, the USAO drama department will present a Festival of One-Act Plays at 7 p.m. in the Davis Hall Little Theatre.

“This evening of readings is a different kind of opportunity for the campus and community to hear the ideas of the students,” said Katie Davis, assistant professor of drama. “We have so many talented performers and technicians, and these are the pioneer projects of some promising writers.”

Featuring five student-written one-act plays, the free festival showcases talents from USAO’s playwriting class and the drama department’s student actors. Presented in reader’s theatre format, each play will be followed by a short break during which audience members can speak with the student authors and offer ideas and advice for future versions of the scripts.

“These short plays are works-in-progress that have grown from the assignments and discussions in the playwriting class,” Davis said. “The playwrights are looking forward to constructive feedback; it's a wonderful opportunity for them to talk about their craft and ideas with an audience. This also invites the audience to have a different relationship with live performance.”

Kingfisher communication sophomore Matt Lane presents a comic look at family relationships that focuses on a college-aged son’s homecoming in “Out of the Gene Pool.”

Sometimes understanding good and evil isn’t black and white. When Michael is put to death by lethal injection, he finds himself in an afterlife filled with questions in “Sacrament of Penance” by Wetumka English freshman Kasey Sams.

Edmond drama sophomore Michelle Bivins presents an unusual reunion when a man named Chevy is committed to an asylum in which he finally meets his mother. Will the fear of being hurt again keep him from the relationship that could save him?

In “Sunday Lunches,” by Oklahoma City drama freshman Jared Williams, Sean tries to regain his family’s support after introducing them to his pregnant girlfriend, which puts a strain on the family’s moral values.

A year after his wife’s death, a man struggles to find her killer by looking for clues in a letter she wrote to him in “The Letter,” by Chickasha drama freshman Russell Thompson.

The Festival of One-Act Plays is free and open to the public.