ROCK HILL, S.C. — Winthrop University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will offer audiences a lively and entertaining mixture of one act-plays with the Spring One-Act Play Festival, opening April 17 in Johnson Studio Theatre. The festival’s 10 plays, divided into Groups A and B, are a hands-on learning experience for students: they are all student-produced and -designed with student actors as well as advanced theatre students at the director’s helm.Group A plays include:“The Future is In Your Tiny Hands” by Jonathan RandDirector: Kate Meyers (Forest Hill, Md.)Two elementary-school students square off in a debate for student body president. Hot topics include tater tots, cootie prevention and kickball rosters. “The Blueberry Hill Accord” by Daryl WatsonDirector: Jasmine Gunter (Columbia, S.C.)A high school student looks to end a nearly decade-long friendship. “Amateurs” by David AuburnDirector: Elliot Emigh (Fort Mill, S.C.) A woman whose father’s political career was ruined years earlier by an attack ad confronts the politician responsible. “A Couple of Bimbos Sittin’ Around Talking” by Richard VetereDirector: Brittany Mayo (Rock Hill, S.C.)Three women waiting on their boyfriends decide to fix up a less-than-glamorous cousin. While the cousin is at first off-put by the tight clothes and hairstyles, she learns not to judge a book by its cover. “The M Word” by Alan BallDirector: Melinda Longtin (Rock Hill, S.C.)A couple discusses if they are a good match or not in marriage.“Check Please: Take 3!” by Jonathan RandDirector: Kimberly Cumming (West Columbia, S.C.)Two best friends give blind-dating another disastrous try.Group B plays include:“Scooter Thomas Makes It to the Top of the World” by Peter ParnellDirector: Jonathon Long (Catawba, S.C.)Shaken by the death of a childhood best friend, a man recalls their friendship while packing for the funeral. “The Ex” by Geoffrey ScheerDirector: Jonathan Hoskins (Rock Hill, S.C.)An ex-girlfriend threatens to put a damper on two friends’ Atlantic City vacation. “Designer Genes” by Kent R. BrownDirector: Jarrod Bennett (Huntersville, N.C.)A couple who lost a son in a tragic accident desperately contact the cloning service Designer Genes, Inc.“Dog Lovers” by S.W. SenekDirector: Emily Cupit (Hilton Head, S.C.)A dog lover discovers the significant other she met through a dating site may love her dog more than her. Show times for Group A are April 17 at 8 p.m. and April 19 at 2 p.m. Show times for Group B are 8 p.m. April 18 and 8 p.m. April 19. 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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