November 6, 2009
Featuring student directors and student designers, Oklahoma Baptist University's Theatre Department, College Players and Alpha Psi theatre honor society will present a five-fold production, titled "All In the Timing," Nov. 20-22. The five distinctive one-act plays come from the script by writer, David Ives.
The performances will be in Craig-Dorland Theatre in OBU's Shawnee Hall Nov. 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 22 at 2:30 p.m. This production is most appreciated by audience members ages 16 and older. Opening night will offer special two-for-one ticket sales for students.
"I don't know. I just don't know," think Milton, Swift and Kafka in an Oklahoma Baptist University theatre production, "Words, Words, Words." The cast includes (from left) Thomas E. Moseley III, a senior from Midwest City, Okla.; Katie Tyner, a senior from Moore, Okla.; and Ashley Mounts, a junior from Kiefer, Okla.
The play "Universal Language" focuses on an unscrupulous entrepreneur who has set up a studio in which he promises to teach a language which can be understood anywhere. An innocent student arrives eager to cure her stutter and speak the universal language. The story is directed by Cambria Lauderdale, an OBU senior applied communications/Spanish major from Shawnee, Okla.
"In ‘Universal Language,' hilarity ensues as they try to understand one another in this story of the search for self-confidence and, ultimately, for love," Lauderdale said.
The cast of "Universal Language" includes Randy Lauderdale, a 2002 OBU graduate, and Jessica Walker, a junior marketing major from Lawton, Okla.
In "The Philadelphia," student director Cylie Hall said David Ives takes a real-life situation, such as ordering a cheese steak sandwich, and turns it into a surreal experience for both the characters and the audience. The play describes a "Philadelphia" as Twilight Zone-like state in which nothing desired is attainable.
Hall, a sophomore theatre major from Lindsay, Okla., directs a cast of three performers: Blake Gunter, a sophomore physical education major from Oklahoma City; Joseph Arsola, a freshman theatre major from Grand Prairie, Texas; and Cambria Lauderdale.
The play "Sure Thing" is "the classic story of boy meets girl," said student director Kendra Watkins, a senior theatre major from Meeker, Okla. The characters, Betty and Bill, meet each other for the first time, but wish they could take back things they say and start over. They get that chance - again and again and again.
Betty is played by Joy Fait, a sophomore theatre major from Arvada, Colo., and Bill is played by Mark Palomino, a sophomore graphic design major from Asunción, Paraguay.
In "Words, Words, Words," Milton, Kafka and Swift are in a room with three typewriters - and a tire swing. The play is directed by Austin Ledbetter, a junior theatre major from Daytona Beach, Fla.
"The intellectual quality of ‘Words, Words, Words,' is what I have enjoyed the most about directing this one-act," Ledbetter said. "I feel it speaks on several different levels of humor."
The cast of "Words" includes Thomas Edmond Mosley III, a senior biblical languages/Spanish major from Midwest City, Okla.; Ashley Mounts, a junior theatre major from Kiefer, Okla.; and Katie Tyner, a senior theatre major from Moore, Okla.
The final production of the night is "Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread," directed by Taunia Logan, a senior theatre major from Perryton, Texas. Chaos ensues in a situation involving Philip Glass, a baker, an ex-girlfriend and a loaf of bread.
"Philip enters the bakery with the sole intent of making a purchase," Logan said. "However, running into his ex-girlfriend provokes an existential crisis at which point each falls prey to Philip Glass-like rhythmic dialogue."
The cast includes Taylor Lowell, a freshman undecided major from Edmond, Okla.; JemiJean Jones, a sophomore family science major from Del City, Okla.; Katherine Wortley, a junior theatre major from Fort Smith, Ark.; and Eric Strimple, a senior theatre major from Bartlesville, Okla.
Artistic directors for the production are Laura S. Byland, OBU associate professor and director of theatre, and Dr. Joyce Spivey Aldridge, associate professor of theatre.
Tickets are on sale Nov. 9 through the OBU Theatre Box Office located in Sarkeys Telecommunication Center. Tickets are $6 for students and $8 for adults. The Box Office is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information, call (405) 878-2347.