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Festival of One-Act Plays

PRESS RELEASE

University of Central Arkansas

October 15, 2014

Contact: Melissa Kordsmeier, Theatre Business Manager, at mkordsmeier@uca.edu or (501) 450-5092

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UCA Theatre to present Festival of One-Act Plays

CONWAY—The University of Central Arkansas Theatre will present a Festival of One-Act Plays, December 2, 3, and 4, at 7:30 pm in the Bridges/Larson Theatre of the Snow Fine Arts Center.

“This is our senior production—our capstone for being theatre students at UCA,” says UCA senior, Madison Ledbetter. “The directing class teaches us how to work with other actors and directors in a professional setting which prepares us for the theatrical world once we graduate college.”

The Festival of One-Acts has become one of the most popular events in the UCA Theatre Program. These plays will be directed and produced by UCA seniors enrolled in then 2014 Directing Class with the participation of over 50 cast and crew members.

This year’s productions will include:

Tuesday, December 2: Words, Words, Words by David Ives directed by Tyler Wallis; Blind Date by Horton Foote directed by Katie Stogsdill; Haiku by Katherine Snodgrass directed by Samantha Weldon; and Wanda’s Visit by Christopher Durang, directed by Madison Ledbetter.

Wednesday, December 3: The Open Meeting by A.R. Gurney directed by Bre Baker; The Red Dress by Jacob Schmidt directed by Keith Hudson; and Lady Time by Jake Whisenant directed by Indigo Anderson-Moore.

Thursday, December 4: Return of the Salamander King by Ian Galloway directed by Sara Sharos; A Stye of the Eye by Christopher Durang directed by Jessica Allis; Business Lunch at the Russian Tea Room by Christopher Durang directed by Jordan Mears; and Hamletmachine by Heiner Muller directed by Elizabeth Ulsperger.

“While process and technique can be taught, directing is learned primarily by experience. It is, in my view, the most intensely difficult job in the theatre,” states Dr. Kevin Thomas Brown, UCA Theatre Academic Director and Associate Professor. “Through struggle, our students acquire skills in leadership, communication, and teamwork that will stay with them throughout life and in any professional endeavor they may choose.”

Admission is free. Tickets are not required and seats are not reserved. Doors open at 7:00 pm each evening. Some of the plays are suggested for mature audiences only. More information is available online at www.uca.edu/theatre or by contacting Melissa Kordsmeier, UCA Theatre Business Manager at mkordsmeier@uca.edu.

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