BY TYLER LEHMANN
Seven student directors will present plays starring fellow students next week as their final exam for directing class. In the two-day event, six one-act plays will be performed the first night, and one full-length play the second night.
The first one-act performed will be “The Lives of the Saints,” directed by junior Keely Wright. The comedic play tells the story of two absent-minded women who muse on life, death and Polish jokes while preparing a funeral breakfast for mourners.
“A challenge has been staying on top of things,” Wright said. “Picture an absent-minded, frazzled director trying to remember everything while keeping things moving. That’s me.”
A performance of “10,000 Cigarettes,” directed by junior Tiemen Godwaldt, will follow. A dream-like drama, this play looks inside the mind of a smoker.
Junior Abby Bierly’s production of “The Universal Language” tells the story of a woman seeking a cure for her stutter. The comedy will involve characters reversing gender.
“Code Blue,” directed by junior Jill Black and written by Jeff Barker, a theater professor currently on sabbatical, is a romantic comedy about an awkward love triangle.
Senior Heather Piatt will present “A Matter of Husbands.” The comedy tells a story of a wife who mistakenly believes her husband is unfaithful.
Concluding the first night will be “In the End: A Zombie Drama,” directed by sophomore Megan Weidner. The drama follows a man in post-apocalyptic Ohio who wrestles with his assignment to kill the living dead.
The following night, the full-length play “Eurydice” will be performed. Directed by junior Ali Sondreal, the play is a retelling of a classical Greek myth through a fresh pair of eyes.
“It’s really fun getting to be so creative with things and deciding how to make everything fit together just so,” Sondreal said.
All seven plays will be performed in the Proscenium Theater. The six one-acts will take the stage starting at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7, and “Eurydice” will be performed at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8. All performances are free and will have open seating.