St. Augustine, Fla. — The Department of Theatre Arts at Flagler College announces “A Separate Reality,” a two-night series of one-act plays presented by the department’s graduating seniors as part of the college’s Senior Conservatory program. The shows will be performed on Wednesday, April 20 and Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m. at Lewis Auditorium in downtown St. Augustine.
Senior Conservatory is a six-credit, semester-long course in which senior Theatre Arts majors master all aspects of producing a show, including selecting a piece and obtaining rights, casting and directing, set construction, light and sound design, costuming and publicity. This course acts as the senior capstone course for the Theatre Arts Department at Flagler College.
This year’s one-acts explore the issue of “reality” in plays that employ a wide spectrum of absurdity and realism.
“Some are funny, some are sad, some are translated from other languages,” said senior Jennifer London. “There’s a real mix of genres, including many very new and contemporary playwrights.”
The one-act plays on stage over the two nights are:
• “Boy Meets Girl” by Sam Wolfson, directed by Josh Stephens. Sam and Katie go through the trials and tribulations of love at the tender age of five in this hilarious and sweet take on young romance.
• “Paris” by Clara Mamet, directed by Jennifer London. A pivotal meeting between a daughter and her father.
• “Cowboy Mouth” by Sam Shepard and Patti Smith, directed by Jillian Cicalese. In a deserted motel in 1971, an imaginative young woman, Cavale, holds a man, Slim, hostage in an attempt to turn him into her own rock and roll savior.
• “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls” by Christopher Durang, directed by William Windle. A hilarious parody of “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams.
• “Deus Ex Machina,” by G.L. Horton, directed by Sword Krefting. In a last ditch effort to write a successful play, a failing playwright asks for help from Dionysus, the God of Theatre.
• “Waiting” by Claire Demmer, directed by Soranda Louis. As Sue and Roddy wait their turn to use a unisex bathroom, Roddy engages in a thorough investigation of the other bathroom patrons. A witty male-versus-female debate ensues.
• “Death of a Gerbil,” by Dewan and Claire Demmer, directed by Felicia Hunt. A bookkeeper named Darren is stuck haunting the flat of a woman until his paperwork is sorted out up at Pearly Gates Headquarters.
• “Twitch,” by Stephen Gregg, directed by Caroline Brady. A comedy about a suburban couple whose lives are stirred up when new neighbors move in next door.
• “The Eve of Execution” by Jorge Diaz, directed by Megan Rojer. An absurdist play that presents a post-apocalyptic world set on an island; the play explores themes of life, death, and morality.
“The senior conservatory showcases our students’ four years of training,” said Andrea McCook. “It’s a very communal effort; all the students are helping each other in all areas — from casting and costuming to lighting and marketing. In this course, the students form a production team — a theatre company. Flagler is unique in this regard; our program does not focus solely on one area of theatre arts. When these students graduate they will have had experience in every aspect of producing a show.”
“A Separate Reality” will be presented at Lewis Auditorium, located at 14 Granada Street. Tickets are $5 general admission, purchased at www.flagler.universitytickets.com or at the box office one hour before the show. Flagler College faculty and students are admitted free at the door. One ticket grants admission to both nights of shows. Each night will have one 15-minute intermission. For more information, call the box office at (904) 826-8600.
If you are a person with a disability and need reasonable accommodations, please contact Lynn Francisco at 904-819-6460. Sign Language Interpreters are available upon request with a minimum of three days’ notice.