The titles being put on include “English Made Simple”, “Mere Mortal”, and “Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread”. In another performance, “Degas, C'est Moi”, the story follows an average man who one morning wakes up and decides he is going to be the French Impressionist painter Edgar Degas for a day. In the hustle-bustle of New York City, he encounters the greatness of the city’s artwork and “transcends his own humble identity to become one with those who have achieved fame”.
According to Charles Johnson, the director of this year’s performance, the genres of the pieces range from absurdist comedy to drama. Each year, Johnson chooses pieces that best showcase the skill and talents of the student-actors that audition.
When asked why he specifically chose these selections, he said, “I have always been a fan of David Ives,” and notes that the first one-act pieces he ever saw were from a collection of David Ives’ plays during college. He also says, “Last year when I was selecting the one act that we would take to state competition, I read several David Ives pieces and thought they were great and decided that I wanted to do them, but they were too short to be done in competition. So, I decided to do them here as a part of our one-act performance.”
The cast features familiar faces of the theater program such as Sarah DeLeonibus, Brandt Sunter, Aria Nasehi, Nicolas Cala, and Adam Schwager. Schwager(’16), who has participated in previous Fall Theatre Festival performances, says that his favorite part of the one-acts is “the final result and seeing all the people out [on the stage]. It’s a really good feeling”. This performance differs from the musical put on during the winter and the play during the spring because of its brevity. Nicolas Cala (’16) says the shorter form of the performance “makes for more compact stories”. Another featured student also points out that unlike a full-length performance, “you have about seven different chances to get it right”.
The short plays, each at most thirty minutes are sure to engage and entertain the audience. The theater performance, filled with talented cast members and fantastic scripts, will definitely prove to be one of the strongest in years.