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Lander University Stages Student-Directed One-Act Plays

February 06, 2012
Student Directed One-Acts
Lander University professor of theatre Monique Sacay-Bagwell, right, offers advice to senior theatre major Kelsey Risher, left, director of the one-act play "Holier Ground," as assistant professor of theatre Jennifer Sansfacon, center, listens.
Four student-directed one-act plays -- Jonathan Denn's "Holier Ground," Louise Bryant's "The Game," Alice Gerstenberg's "Overtones" and Walter Wykes' "Family 2.0" -- premiere Sunday, Feb. 12, at Lander University, with matinee showings at 3 p.m. and evening performances at 8 p.m. Evening performances follow at 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, through Wednesday, Feb. 15.

The productions are the culmination of a year-long study in the art of directing, a required course for senior theatre majors at Lander. The students, Kelsey Risher, of Birmingham, Ala.; Corey Pitts, of Mountville; Amy Becker, of Churchville, Va., and Graham Shaffer, of Greenwood, were responsible for locating their own one-act plays, and for securing any necessary rights.

"Holier Ground," directed by Risher, is a love story inspired by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "The Game," directed by Pitts, is an allegory, with the characters of "Death" and "Life" competing with a toss of the dice for the lives of "The Youth" and "The Girl."

"Overtones," which depicts the unconscious onstage, is one of the leading examples of the dramatization of Freudian theory. "Family 2.0" is an absurdist play about a man who, having grown tired of his boring routine, decides to shake things up by invading a stranger's home and persuading the family he finds there to accept him as their new husband and father.

Professor of theatre Monique Sacay-Bagwell praised the students for their work in developing scripts for a public performance, saying, "they're all very challenging plays."

The public is invited to any of the five shows, which Sacay-Bagwell described as having adult content. Admission is free, but tickets are required because of limited seating in the Greenroom Studio, Room 220 of the Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center, where the plays will be staged. Tickets will be available at the box office beginning two hours before each show. Ticket-holders should be seated by 2:30 p.m. for matinees, and 7:30 p.m. for evening performances.