November 30 and December 1 are the performance dates for the 5th Annual Belhaven University One Act Play Festival!
Since 2006, Belhaven has produced a One Act Play Festival at the end of each Fall semester, a culminating collaborative project between the students in the Directing and Production Supervision classes. In various years, the production of the festival has also included contributions from students in either Lighting or Technical Resources class as well.
The One Act Festival is produced in a ‘dessert theatre’ format, the audience will sit at tables to enjoy a treat during the performances, which will appear on two stages in the theatre (to shorten the transition time between plays). Admission to the show is free, and all dessert sales go to benefit Iota Upsilon, Belhaven’s chapter of Alpha Psi Omega national theatre honorary society, sponsors of several community service and performance projects.
In past years, the students of the Directing class were on their own to find the material they would produce, which has given us a variety of material, from short plays by well-known, established playwrights, some lesser-known contemporary writers, and at least once each year, a brand-new original play. This year, we decided to do something a little different.
The plays this year were chosen as the winners of the 2010 Belhaven University One Act Play Contest. Scripts were submitted from all over the country by the beginning of September, and were read by the students, who each chose a winning play to direct. This year, we are pleased to be presenting the following original plays:
Lucy Dreaming by Stacey Lane – directed by Becki Haynes
Los Libros Malos by D. Richard Tucker – directed by Deanna Smith
I, Satan, Confess by Moriah Whiteman – directed by Scott Gaines
Positive Thinking by Seth McNeill – directed by Dave Harris
Borders by Mallory Alexa Leonard – directed by Marie Warner
King Thrush Beard by Rosh Raines – directed by Lex Quarterman
Degrees of Repossession by Bret Kenyon – directed by Danielle Davis
4 of these playwrights are graduates of Belhaven, and 3 we are pleased to welcome as new associates to our theatre program!
With the success of this year’s contest, we are excited to see what next year’s contest has in store! For more information about submission guidelines and deadlines, send an email to “theatre at belhaven.edu” with the subject line 2011 One Act Play Contest.