American Authors Featured in One-Act Plays at the Stuart Steiner Theatre

The works of American authors Tennessee Williams and Susan Glaspell will be featured during an evening of One-Act Plays from the American Stage at the Stuart Steiner Theatre at Genesee Community College on November 20, 21, and 22 at 8:00 p.m. In addition, Genesee Community College student, Heather Ackerman, will also present her play, "The Words That Describe It Best." The plays are directed by Genesee theatre students and are a part of the Capstone exit project for second year students.

Dubbed Lonely Alleys by the Capstone class, the program alludes to the theme of loneliness and separation that run throughout the trio of pieces. Williams' play, "The Strangest Kind of Romance," directed by second year theatre student Mitch Wissick, is about "Little Man," who is unable to connect with those around him and therefore makes friends with a blind old man and an alley cat.

"Trifles," by American author Susan Glaspell is directed by theatre student Joseph Mallison and is set in Genesee County at the beginning of the twentieth century. The play involves a woman, and her husband who is found dead at the beginning of the play. The audience discovers their relationship and a motive for murder through the conversations of neighboring women.

"The Words That Describe It Best," by second year theatre student Heather Ackerman, is a poetic journey with four young adult female friends questioning their high school romantic notions and relationships.

Sarah Petty, a 2001 Theatre Arts graduate from GCC also earned a BS in Theatre from SUNY Oneonta in May. She has returned to GCC, her first alma mater to not only produce Lonely Alleys, but also to continue her academic pursuits.

"I'm pursuing a dual major in Communication / Media Arts and Business Administration, and I approached my former advisor, Marcia Morrison, about this year's Capstone class," Petty states. "Since I had experience in stage management, I decided to try my hand at producing. Eventually, I'd like to get my Masters degree in Theatre Management, so this is a great opportunity for me to explore new options."

Marcia Morrison, Director of Fine and Performing Arts at Genesee Community College concurred. "Capstone project provides our students with professional opportunities for honing and enhancing their skills," Ms. Morrison said. "All three of these plays are being submitted for consideration for production at the American College Theatre Festival at the Kennedy Center in January." The Festival provides a nation-wide prestigious competition to recognize outstanding collegiate performances.

Tickets for Lonely Alleys are $6.00 for adult admission and $3.00 for students or senior citizens. Genesee students with a current ID pay only $2.00.

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