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An Evening of One-Acts
January 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
An Evening of One-Act performances chosen and directed by the students of AGHS Theatre Company.
Come see future directors share their visions for these wonderful shows!
Held in the Studio Theatre
General Admission $12; Seniors $10, Students $8 (with ID) all schools
* $2 surcharge for tickets purchases ls than one hour before curtain*
The Plays Will be:
Mind Games by Paul Elliot
Never delve into another person’s mind unless you’re ready to face the consequences of what you uncover. In his plush Los Angeles office overlooking Rodeo Drive, a well-known psychiatrist, Dr. Harriman, is reminded by his coldly efficient receptionist, Beth, that his next patient is waiting in the reception area. It’s obvious that the caustic Beth is uncomfortable even being around the young man and feels he has absolutely no place in her reception room. From the moment Kyle enters the office, the doctor senses that this is not going to be a normal session.
Kyle’s mood swings from manic euphoria to phobic terror. As the doctor tries to gain control of his patient, he discovers that Kyle is upset because he has taken literally something the doctor said in a previous meeting, “You are doing all of this yourself.” Kyle has come to believe that he is the creator of the universe and everything he sees or hears, including Dr. Harriman, and insists he can prove it. Trying to dislodge this ridiculous theory from the patient’s mind becomes more troubling as Kyle shows power over Dr. Harriman’s world. Beth, in Kyle’s mind, is now Elizabeth, a warm and caring grandmotherly type, and indeed that is who comes when summoned by the doctor.
Disbelief on the doctor’s part turns to terror as these demonstrations begin tearing down his own beliefs in the world around him. The doctor realizes with horror that if he is, indeed, something created by Kyle, then what happens when Kyle leaves the office? Will Dr. Harriman cease to exist? Or has this all been some gigantic hoax?
Am I Blue by Beth Henley
The story begins in a seedy New Orleans bar where John Polk Richards, a college freshman whose fraternity brothers have paid his way into a bordello as an eighteenth birthday present, is bolstering his courage with liquor. He is approached by Ashbe, a fey young creature who invites him to the littered apartment that she shares with her absent father.
As high strung and flaky as John Polk is nervous and tentative, Ashbe initiates him into her secret fantasy life as she tries to bridge the loneliness that infuses them both. She strings Cheerios to make a necklace and then nibbles at them; puts blue food coloring in John Polk’s rum and Coke; lets him hear the sea in her favorite conch shell; and finally, invites him to make love to her—an offer that he politely declines.
Sometimes wildly funny, sometimes gently affecting, the play is a wonderfully resourceful study of two young people, both unsure and apprehensive, whose unexpected encounter becomes, for both of them, a valuable lesson in coping with life—now and in the future.
Kaleidoscope by Ray Bradbury
What would you do if you were a million miles from Earth and your rocket ship was hit by a meteor and suddenly split open, leaving you floating in space with only your communicator to link you to your six crew members? Don’t know?
Faced with this problem, Bradbury’s people contemplate their fate and philosophize about life and its purpose. This play is not only a director’s dream of possibilities but also a marvelous chance for actors to dig into their beings and face questions of profound magnitude.
Why Do We Laugh by Stephen Gregg
At age 6, Meredith Wilfred loves to tell people that she hates her neighbor, Andrew Powers. At age 16, she tells Andrew the same thing but goes to the dance with him anyway. At 45, Meredith and Andy have a great deal to tell each other: most married couples do. And, even at 66, Meredith is still learning about, and from, Andrew.
This is a fine contest play because it is both easy to stage and a challenge. All eight characters—two people at four different times in their lives—are onstage at the same time. The result is a play about love (and hate) and the way people change each other.