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Fall Short Play Festival  

Kjer Theatre
November 16 & 19-20, 4:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.

These short plays are presented in repertory, each performing twice. The plays chosen are often challenging to both the student directors and the audience.

The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre
By Allen Knee
Directed by Mary Lee Peterson
The tradition of St. Valentine’s Day has been about loving memories of a true love couple. But when a man and a women change their traditions, it seems to take many different turns.

Practical Magic
By Shannon Keith Kelley
Directed by Helen R. Bostock
The contrast of reactions between a young couple with a robust new baby and another couple whose infant needs medical attention is explored in order to examine the need for faith and rituals that confirm faith in a society preoccupied with material comforts.

Ashes to Ashes
By Harold Pinter
Directed by Abbie Williams
A man questions his wife relentlessly about her mysterious, abusive ex-lover. But the truth he seeks is clouded by her conceptions of violence and of reality.

Something Unspoken
By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Emily Van Winkle
An active socialite is rebelling against the “cult” that is the Confederate Daughters. Meanwhile, she and her long-time secretary admit that there has always been something “unspoken” between them.

By Laura Cahill
Directed by Andrew D. Christianson
A newly divorced woman moves back home to get a fresh start on life; however, she discovers that her mother may not give her the warm welcome she’s expecting. Mother and daughter must learn to come to terms with the lives they have lived.

Closet Madness
By Murray Schisgal
Directed by Becky Witt
When Sam realizes heterosexuality isn’t for him anymore, he tries to convince a friend to turn away from women and try a relationship together.

27 Wagons Full of Cotton
By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Melissa Vander Heiden
This comedy set in Blue Mountain, Mississippi, on a cotton plantation asks: Will 27 wagons of cotton bring a baby?

You Can’t Trust the Male
By Randy Noojin
Directed by Lisa Kuhle
When two people meet in a coincidental spot can they become friends? Or can you really trust the opposite sex?

Hidden in this Picture
By Aaron Sorkin
Directed by Sarah Lanners
Creators of a film observe the shooting of the film’s final perfect shot. And then the shot becomes...imperfect. Will the film director ever recover?