Student One-Act Festival to Feature Student Talent

After months of directing, rehearsing, and designing sets and costumes, Oklahoma Baptist University theater students will present the annual Student One-Act Festival, Dec. 7-8 in OBU's Sarkeys Theatre.

The productions are entirely student-run and directed. Shows begin at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $3 per evening.

Students will perform eight different one-act plays over the course of the two evenings.

On Thursday, the one-act festival will feature "Take Five" by Westley M. Pederson, "Oleanna" by David Mamet, "Why the Lord Come to Sand Mountain" by Romulus Linney, and "Molly Sweeney" by Brian Friel.

The festival continues on Friday with "Children of a Lesser God" by Mark Medoff, "Twenty-Seven Wagons Full of Cotton" by Tennessee Williams, "What I Did Last Summer" by A.R. Gurney, and "J.B." by Archibald MacLeish.

"Take Five" is a comedy about the opening night of a play that goes awry. The actors are faced with one surprising, incident after another such as an incomplete set, missing members of the cast, and a man from the audience using the stage phone to argue with his wife. The play is directed by junior Cynthia Nichols. The cast includes freshmen Ryan Roberson, Christy Hall, David Chadbourne, and Chris Buehner, sophomore Adam Lowber, and junior Heather Lewis.

"Oleanna" is an intense drama centered around a professor/student relationship clouded by charges of sexual harassment. The play climaxes as the professor and student analyze the nature of understanding in a violent confrontation that leave both emotionally and physically depleted. Junior Michael Clack is the director and freshman David Chadbourne serves as assistant director. The cast includes Katy Nay, freshman, and Brandon Roye, junior.

"Why the Lord Come to Sand Mountain" is a lively comedy that depicts what would happen if God and St. Peter paid an unexpected call to an impoverished mountain couple who have nothing but 14 illegitimate children and a jug of brandy. The result is a hilarious retelling of famous Bible stories that leave even God laughing. Tana Fleming, junior, is the director. The cast includes freshmen Aaron Kelley, Andra Dunn, James Titus, Christy Bird, junior Will Burgin, senior Eric Barreto, and Jeremy Smith.

"Molly Sweeney" is the touching story of the life of a blind woman before and after a surgery that partially restores her sight. The woman, her husband and her doctor discuss the events that led them to meet, their lives threading in and around each other's lives until the unexpected and conclusion. Junior Josh Peterson is the director. The cast includes Ariel Young, freshman, Joshua Cain, sophomore, and David Mitchell, junior.

"Children of a Lesser God" tells the story of a couple whose love has to span the chasm between the worlds of silence and sound. James, a speech therapist, falls in love and marries Sarah, a deaf student but their marriage is threatened when Sarah becomes militant for rights of the deaf. The play is directed Burgin. The cast includes sophomores Josh Cain, and Elizabeth Mitchell, freshmen Rose Bacorn, Matt Packer, Carisa Dewees, and Eva Wolever, and junior Tiffany Monhollon.

"Twenty-seven Wagons Full of Cotton" analyzes how the innocent suffer for the sins of the guilty as an abused wife finds herself trapped between her husband and a nearby plantation owner threatening their livelihood. Roye is the director. The cast includes Clack, Brandy Trout-Gibson, junior, and Ethan Gregg, sophomore.

In "What I did Last Summer," a 14 year old boy, vacationing with his family in Lake Erie, befriends Anna Trumbull, a former member of the "upper-crust" who has not only lost her fortune but also her regard for the ideals of her upbringing. Her influence persuades Charlie not to return to school causing a family crisis and a confrontation between Charlie's conservative mother and Anna. The play is directed by junior Kelli Kiser. The cast includes freshmen Shekinah Rogers, Tiffanie Pearce, Brandon Hollis, and Shelly Hendrix, senior John Brookshire, and Cheryl Sartain, sophomore

"J.B." is a modern retelling of the story of Job. J.B. and his wife are forced to begin their lives again, more humble and expecting no justice but never doubting God. Junior Jill Evans is the director. The cast includes Lucas Roeschley, sophomore, Terrell Spears, freshman, and seniors Brooke Collins, Jamie Henniger, and Margaret St. John.