March 26, 2008 -- The University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance will present a one-act play festival Monday, March 31, through Wednesday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. each night in the Fine Arts Center Studio Theatre.
Eight one acts and one short play will be produced by UW student directors, with selections changing each night of the festival. This general admission event costs $5 and doors open at 6:30 p.m. each night.
“Cowboy Mouth,” a semi-autobiographical play written by Sam Shepard and Patti Smith and directed by Nicole Sykes, follows the volatile romance between an unhinged woman and the man she hopes will become her rock-and-roll savior.
“Lonestar,” written by James McClure and directed by Chris Brown, tells the story of Texas good old boy Roy as he comes home from Vietnam and discovers that those things once precious to him have been lost.
“Parched Catholics,” an original play written and directed by Jaime Cruz, follows two brothers as they come to terms with their mother’s death and her final inexplicable legacy to them -- a water bottle.
Steve Martin’s dark comedy “WASP,” directed by Leean Kim Stellingwerf, follows a 1950s family struggling but failing to achieve an idyllic life, only to search for answers from voices in their heads to aliens from outer space.
In “You Belong to Me,” by Keith Reddin and directed by Jake Staley, ordinary life is interrupted by murderous fantasies of husbands, wives and best friends.
David Mamet’s comedy “The Duck Variations,” introduces George and Emil, two old ne’er-do-wells sitting on a park bench discussing life, the universe, and the cosmic significance of ducks.
A bum discovers music while digging through a trash pile in Athol Fugard’s short piece “The Drummer,” directed by Leean Kim Stellingwerf.
“Menage A Trois,” written by former UW student Mike Williams and directed by Amy Hollon, is a comedic look at a love triangle that goes horribly wrong when a man tries to persuade his wife's lover that he can help to improve their relationship.
In the comedy “The American Century,” by Murphy Guyer, directed by Steven Post, a World War II soldier comes home over the years to visit his fiance, but their dreams of a life together are threatened by the appearance of a mysterious stranger.
Finally, “I Didn't Know You Could Cook,” by Rich Orloff and directed by Rachel Rosenfeld, is a touching drama about two brothers at a crossroads and their journey to accept one another and their differing views of the world.
Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2008