Sterling College Theatre Presents Night of One Acts This Friday

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sterling College Theatre presents its annual Night of One Acts on Friday, April 30, in Culbertson Auditorium. Eight students have been polishing their directing skills in preparation for this big night. Lauren White directs "Overtones"; Austin Blackwell directs "North of Pelican Rapids"; Mollie Cline directs "The Most Perfect Day"; David Ireland directs "Humphrey Pumphrey Had a Great Fall"; Amanda Denning directs "He's Having a Baby"; Jaci Knight directs "The Fifteen Minute Hamlet"; Kacie Rogers directs "Jerry Finnegan's Sister"; and Marcus Mull directs "Jimmy the Antichrist."
"Overtones" by Alice Gerstenberg reveals the inner workings of two women as they deal with their past choices and unresolved relationships and struggle to find happiness in their futures. The story pushes the audience to look inward and critique humanity's ability to relate, lie, love and dream. This play speaks profoundly on self-control and inner motivation.

"North of Pelican Rapids," by Greg Elsasser, is a farce that engages the audience with its Minnesota madness. When Aaron arrives to pick up his prom date, he meets her parents for the first time. While his girlfriend gets ready upstairs, Aaron and the parents drink sodas and chat--until the parents begin brandishing cap guns and staging a WWF wrestling match on the living room floor.

In "The Most Perfect Day" by Peter Ernst, the perfect couple finds the perfect picnic spinning out of control when they are visited by two strangers. This play is as cute as it is quirky.

In the dark comedy "Humphrey Pumphrey Had a Great Fall" by Alfred Greenaway, Humphrey sits in purgatory and tries to persuade the audience he is a victim of a crime. Who killed him? Why was there a rope and a hammer in the picnic basket? And what is the ultimate fate of Humphrey Pumphrey?

In "He's Having a Baby" by Fred Carmichael, three women await the arrival of their babies. This play theorizes about a civilization in which men deliver the babies and the women wait patiently (or impatiently) for their arrival. This play challenges gender roles while still being comedic in nature.

In "The Fifteen Minute Hamlet," Tom Stoppard, the author, takes the most famous and best loved lines from Shakespeare's play and condenses them into a hilarious 13-minute version. This miraculous feat is followed by an encore--a two-minute version. The multitude of characters are played by six actors with hectic doubling, and the action takes place at an abridged Elsinore Castle.

"Jerry Finnegan's Sister" by Jack Neary follows the lives of Brian Dowd and Beth Finnegan from the years of childhood cooties and teenage angst all the way to college. This lighthearted romance has its moments of comedy and is upbeat throughout.

"Jimmy the Antichrist" by Keith J. Powell is a satirical comedy about Jimmy, an average boy from an average middle-class family. But when Jimmy comes home for Thanksgiving during his first semester of college and announces his deep, dark secret, "average" is pushed to the test. This play brings out the best and the worst of family as Jimmy's family members struggle with love and acceptance.

The doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the shows begin at 8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Some plays may not be suitable for younger children.