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UCA Theatre To Host Annual Festival Of One-act Plays And Scenes

By Megan Bailey, College of Fine Arts and Communication Media Office

CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas’ Department of Theatre will present their annual Festival of One-Act Plays and Scenes Dec. 3-5 in the Snow Fine Arts Bridges-Larson Theatre.

The festival will include 10 student-directed one-act plays and scenes. There are two sets of performances each night, and each performance will run three to four shows.

Admission is free and open to the public. Seating will open at 6:30 p.m.; the first set of performances will start at 7 p.m. The second set begins at 9 p.m. There will be a break between performances. Some of the plays are suggested for mature audiences.

“There are at least 50 students involved in this festival, onstage and backstage,” said Dr. Kevin Browne, academic director and associate professor of Theatre. “The best part is that we get a lot of students from academic departments all over campus, including the journalism department, the music department and even the business department. It’s always fun to see all of the new faces and hear all the different voices.”

The Festival of One-Act Plays and Scenes is a part of the UCA Theatre’s capstone course for Theatre majors, and is entirely student directed, acted and produced.

This year’s productions, with ratings, includes:

  • Monday, Dec. 3: “The Hour of Lamps” by Debbie Mitchell, directed by Melissa Mack, rated PG; “The Proposal” by Anton Chekhov, directed by Brendan Crymes, rated PG; “Rabbit Hole” by David Lindsay-Abaire, directed by Josh Graham, rated PG-13; “The Philadelphia” by David Ives, directed by Jordan Yates, rated PG-13.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 4: “Catholic School Girls” by Casey Kurtti, directed by Mikala Hicks, rated PG-13; “Take Me Out” by Richard Greenberg, directed by Augustine Nguyen, rated R for strong language; “Vania and Sonia and Masha and Spike” by Christopher Durang, directed by Cameron Sellers, rated PG-13.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 5: “The Effect” by Lucy Prebble, directed by Saxon Whitehead, rated R for strong language and adult situations; “Mrs. Packard” by Emily Mann, directed by Sidney Kelly, rated R for strong content and partial nudity; “Hot Rod” by Jeremy Kareken, directed by Akayla Jones, rated R for strong language.

For more information, contact Melissa Pearson at (501) 450-5092 or melissap@uca.edu.

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