Theatre Students Presenting Directing II One-Acts

by News Bureau on Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2013

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 26, 2013– Theatre students at Southeast Missouri State University will present a series of one-act plays as the culmination of their “Directing II” projects April 9 and 30 and May 8 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre at Southeast’s River Campus.

The three-evening series at 7:30 p.m. will consist of three different one-act plays presented each evening, each of which will run about 20-40 minutes, according to Dr. Phil Nacy, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance.

“The scenes are sort of the Directing II students’ ‘final exam’ in that they (students) pull together all they’ve learned in the semester and present substantial scenes for the public,” he said. “The scope of the scenes is broader and the length longer.”

Student directors select their scenes and audition their actors.

“They usually choose edgy material but not too edgy — usually pieces that challenge the actors and the audience,” Nacy said.

Material is typically drawn from plays that are not often offered in commercial theatres because of their controversial content or limited public appeal, he said.

“But the One Acts are always entertaining and a good evening in the theatre,” Nacy said.

The Directing II One Acts performances are the culmination of two semesters of study for Southeast Theatre and Dance directing students.

“Drawing from a wide variety of material, these advanced student directors select the pieces, audition the actors from their acting classmates, and rehearse their scenes over the course of several weeks, then present their work to the public,” he said. “The One Acts are always an entertaining and action-packed evening in the theatre.”

Works presented may contain adult content.

The Directing II One-Acts are free and open to the public.