ROCK HILL, S.C. — Winthrop University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will once again present a tour-de-force of comedy and drama with the Fall One-Act Play Festival, opening Nov. 15 in Johnson Studio Theatre. The festival’s eight plays, divided into Groups A and B, are a hands-on learning experience for students: they are all student-directed and -designed with student actors, with Russell Luke overseeing the festival. Group A plays include:“Cripperella” by Rich OrloffDirector: Sean Johnson (Anderson, S.C.)A young woman with a disability is invited to attend the royal ball even though the palace is inaccessible. “Heritage, Her-i-tage, Hair-i-tage” by Adrienne DawesDirector: Candiace Rice (North Charleston, S.C.)A young, multiracial woman struggling to accept her heritage is taught to love herself. “Harriet Tubman Visits a Therapist” by Carolyn GageDirector: Shareef Elkady (Clemson, S.C.) Harriet Tubman is sent to a therapist after she is suspected of planning an escape on the Underground Railroad. “Sure Thing” by David IvesDirector: Daniel Derrer (Hilton Head Island, S.C.)A man and woman have multiple chances to get it right on their first date: every time they say the wrong thing, a bell rings and they start over. Group B plays include:“Dinner with the MacGuffins” by Chris Sheppard and Jeff GroveDirector: Amber Grayson (Easley, S.C.)A teenager is trying to kiss his girlfriend, but is constantly thwarted by his family—and later, the audience.“Action News: Now With 10% More Action!” by Jonathan RandDirector: James McBrayer (Mount Pleasant, S.C.)The most trusted news program goes through its nightly news cast of crazy events.“Thespian Theology: Three Parables of Jesus” by John A. TenBrookDirector: Meg Hammond (Rock Hill, S.C.)Author John TenBrook presents a funny way to learn the gospel. “Feeding the Moonfish” by Barbara WiechmannDirector: Joe Fry (Rock Hill, S.C.)Two strangers who meet accidentally at a lake discover they have much in common when it comes to loneliness and tragedy. Show times for Group A are Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. Show times for Group B are 8 p.m. Nov. 16 and 2 p.m. Nov. 17. Tickets are $8 with a Winthrop ID or $15 without. It is an approved cultural event.
Seating is limited, and no late seating will be permitted after performances begin. Plays contain adult language and situations. For tickets, contact the box office at 803/323-4014, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or purchase online.
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