Several theater students at Midland will get the chance to try their hands at directing as the university hosts An Evening of One Acts over the course of two days this weekend.
The event will be held at Eppley Auditorium on the campus of Midland University at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
An Evening of One Acts will include two short plays titled “Almost, Maine” and “Dogeaters” along with several individual scenes throughout each night.
“All of these are student directed, so the two short plays were chosen out of many applicants to direct a full short play,” Dan Hays, director of theater activities at Midland, said.
The short plays, “Almost, Maine” and “Dogeaters,” will be presented as the opening and ending shows on each night with different scenes making up the rest of the show.
“There are a total of nine scenes, four will be on one night and five will be on the other,” Hays said. “They are from various different plays, there are comedies, tragedies, well known plays, and some that area little more obscure.”
“Almost, Maine” is directed by Midland student Connor Herold and tells the story of a town called Almost, Maine where on one cold and magical winter night the citizens experience the life-altering power of the human heart. The one act focuses on loosely connected tales about love that feature couples from the fictional town.
“Dogeaters” will be directed by Midland student Biannah Peji-Palm and is based off of the Jessica Hagedorn bestselling novel of the same name about the Philippines during the reign of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos.
Along with the student directed one act plays, the various scenes presented at the show will also be directed by students.
“It gives them a real experience on getting a chance to be a director and to see what it is like on the other side of the desk,” Hays said.
According to Hays, the plays and various scenes will be presented “bare bones” without a lot of settings and costumes for backgrounds, which will help to let the acting and playwriting shine through.
“It is very scaled down, very few costumes and lights or sets so it is just the acting and the play that comes through,” he said.
Both shows, on Saturday and Sunday, are free and open to the public and both will feature a variety of different scenes from various plays, including productions Midland has put on in the past.
“There is a comedy called ‘15 Minute Hamlet’ and someone is doing a scene from ‘The Odd Couple’ which we did here a couple years ago,” Hays said.
According to Hays the two day event will allow attendees to stop by and catch numerous stories in one sitting.
“People can come the first night and see a couple of shows, and then come the second night and see some different stuff, it is just an experiential evening,” he said.