The popular One Act Festival is returning to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts this weekend.
Students from the Dramatic Arts Directing II course (DART 3P54) have been hard at work developing their plays under the supervision and guidance of instructor Neil Silcox and teaching assistant Kevin Hobbs. The experiential course offers students practical and real-world experience as directors, dramaturges, performers, designers and theatre technicians, often for the first time.
Silcox says “Brock does a great job of balancing out the theoretical and experiential aspects of dramatic arts” compared to the other programs he’s worked for.
“Developing a strong understanding of theories and then being able to get on your feet and actually do it is the only way to learn to do performing arts,” Silcox says.
Directing II students are responsible for selecting a script, auditioning a cast, rehearsing, designing the show and co-ordinating with the dramatic arts production team on all technical needs.
This year, the festival is presenting six shows under the theme “Expectation and Reality.”
Silcox says he discovered the theme “after reading through each of the students’ chosen acts side by side.”
“We didn’t offer this theme to the students and make them try to select something,” he says.
This process allows the students to have full control and individuality with their acts, but also challenges them to tweak their shows in a way that highlights the theme more.
“Although it may seem cliché, audience members should expect the unexpected,” says Silcox.
The shows range from century old to extremely contemporary, absurdism to strongly political, all exploring this year’s theme from a unique angle.
Shows being presented this year include Articulation by Alicia Richardson, Your Mother’s Butt by Alan Ball, Echo by Joseph T. Shipley, The Little Stone House by George Calderon, The Lesson by Eugene Ionesco, and The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre by Allan Knee.
All shows take place in the Marilyn I. Walker Theatre of the MIWSFPA on Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25 starting at 7 p.m. each night. Admission is pay-what-you-can and limited paid parking is available nearby. For more information on the 2018 One Act Festival, visit the Dramatic Arts website.