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Spring Short Play Festival to open May 9

May 3, 2013

Spring Short Play FestivalEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department will present its Spring Short Play Festival at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 9-11 in Kjer Theatre.

Students will direct the plays as a part of an advanced directing course. Eighteen students are included in the cast. Six plays will be featured this year, with two performances each.

Performances at 4 p.m. May 9 and 7 p.m. May 10:

  • "Ashes to Ashes" by Harold Pinter, directed by senior Logan Toftness, River Falls. According to Pinter, this play is an exploration of man's inhumanity to man. It's about a woman who is haunted by the atrocities of the world she was born into, even if she has never experienced these atrocities herself. Cast members are freshman Jake Pritchard, Chippewa Falls, as Devlin; and senior Sami Johnson, Rogers, Minn., as Rebecca.
  • "The Education of Macaloco" by Jen Silverman, directed by senior Jake Brockmann, Merrill. Anessa has given her son Macaloco an arsenal of facts for every occasion, but now Macaloco must teach himself how to become an adult and Anessa must confront the one thing she has failed to learn. Cast members are sophomore Sean Porten, Medford, as Macaloco; junior Cassie Kohrs, Madison, as Anessa; and sophomore Seth Hale, Antigo, as father/nurse.

Performances at 7 p.m. May 9 and 4 p.m. May 11:

  • "Hello Out There" by William Saroyan, directed by senior Hannah Farr, Eau Claire. In a small town jail in dust bowl-era Texas, a young gambling man and a downtrodden young woman meet and fall in love. They plan to escape together to San Francisco, but the arrival of a lynch mob ends their plan. Cast members are junior Paul Matthews, Wauwatosa, as young man; senior Lauren Anderson, Muskego, as the girl; freshman David Engebretson, Antigo, as the man; and freshman Levi Nicholson, Antigo, senior Katie Gaulke, St. Louis Park, Minn., and Sean Porten, Medford, as mob members.
  • "Slam!" by Jane Willis, directed by junior Jake Lindgren, Fall Creek. Mel and Linc are best friends who are avoiding graduating from high school. The year is 1983 and the guys are at a New York City Bowery district punk club. During the band's set break, Mel and Linc find themselves in the bathroom nursing a possible broken nose and discussing their futures. They try to come to terms with the different directions they are headed. Cast members are Jake Pritchard, Chippewa Falls, as Linc, and Sean Porten, Medford, as Mel.

Performances at 4 p.m. May 10 and 7 p.m. May 11:

  • "The Observatory" by Greg Germann, directed by senior Marissa Aprill, Seymour. Running into an old, attractive paramour can cause mixed feelings when you find out she's the one who told your wife about the affair, causing your divorce. Cast members are Jake Pritchard, Chippewa Falls, as Roman, and senior Nicole Korbisch, Birnamwood, as Alice.
  • "A Marriage Proposal" by Anton Chekhov, directed by senior Samantha Johnson, Rogers. In 1900 Russia, Ivan is about to propose marriage to his neighbor's daughter, Natalia. The idea seems perfect — the only problem is that they can't be in a room together without arguing. Cast members are junior Michael Schwiebert, Eau Claire, as Ivan; junior Tabitha Tatro, Antigo, as Natalia; and Seth Hale, Antigo, as Stephan.

Tickets are $3 online and at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 800-949-UWEC.



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