Community Players to Perform an Evening of One Act Plays at Concord College, February 22, 23, 24
Athens, W.Va. - An evening of theatre, an evening of laughter, an evening of entertainment - that is what audiences will receive at An Evening of One Act Plays, the upcoming production by the Community Players in the H.C. Paul Theatre at Concord College on February 22, 23, and 24, at 8:00 p.m. Each performance will include four one-act plays directed and performed by members of the Community Players, a well-known theatre group from the Mercer county area.
Included in the players’ first performance of the new year is The Cowboy, the Indian, and the Fervent Feminist, a comedy with fast-paced dialogue and clashes focusing on gender roles. Written by Murray Schisgal and directed by Dr. David Bard, the play stars Judy Hansen, Randall Salzman, and Bard. The plot revolves around a man who recently loses his job and the efforts of his wife to bring him back to reality, with the help of a “shrink,” after he hallucinates that he is a cowboy in the wild west, Bard says.
The actors will also perform Graceland, a play written by Ellen Byron and directed by Dr. Jim Lile. The setting is the front entrance of Graceland, the late Elvis Presley’s Memphis mansion, the time, 5 o’clock in the morning, three days before the estate is to be opened to the public. Two ardent Presley fans are camped out before the gates, each determined to be the first to enter the sacred precincts. Chris Bone and Concord student Sarah Lewis will perform the roles.
The third one-act play to be performed is Shooting Gallery, a play written by Israel Horovitz and directed by Dr. Ronald Burgher. Concord students Cindy Boyce and Kahlil Joseph are featured in the play. The story is a metaphor for the American corporate idea where the stereotypical male is striving for success and his wife is seen as an unnecessary appendage. However, instead of a corporate setting, the play takes place in a shooting gallery of a carnival, and the ultimate prize is a gold fish, Burgher says.
The members of the group will also perform The Boor, written by Anton Chekhov and also directed by Dr. Jim Lile. The leading roles will be played by Nancy Najmulski, Jason Najmulski, and Lile. The play is a farce centered on the relationship between a near bankrupt male farmer and a widowed female landowner. The farmer demands the money owed him by the landowner’s late husband. Furious that she will not pay him, he begins to attack the pettiness of women in general, then her specifically. Incensed, she counterattacks accusing all men of being unfaithful and shallow. As the argument heats up, he challenges her to a duel, and she accepts.
Beginning February 12, reservations for the performances can be made by calling the College’s box office at 1-304-384-5101, Monday—Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, $2 for students. Proceeds will go toward scholarships.
Concord College Notes: The Communication Arts Department produces the College’s student newspaper, radio programming and television programming. The department also produces theatrical and musical productions. It is organized similar to today’s modern corporation with the students completing projects under both student and faculty supervision. This gives students real-world experience that focuses on accountability and responsibility.
Shelley George, a student in Concord College’s Communication Arts Department wrote this press release.