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Theatre Productions to Be Presented Dec. 1-4

BOONE- The Department of Theatre and Dance will present two new one-act plays and a special studio production of a full-length comedy Dec. 1-4 at Appalachian State University.

The one-act plays will be presented on Dec. 1 and 3 at 8 p.m. in the Greer Studio Theatre as part of the department’s annual New Play Festival. Complimenting the festival, the comedy “Boys’ Life” will run Dec. 2 and 4 at 8 p.m. in the Greer Studio Theatre. Tickets for both productions are $4 and can be purchased at the door or reserved by calling 262-3063.

The productions are sponsored by Playcrafters, a student organization within the Department of Theatre and Dance dedicated to developing and producing new student written works, and by members of Alpha Psi Omega, the national theatre honor society.

The New Play Festival includes the comedy “The Title Of This Play Is Beyond Your Feeble Human Understanding” by theatre major Ira Sargent and the drama “It’s Not Getting Any Better Than This” by theatre major Aliza Mendelewicz.

The first piece, directed by senior theatre performance major Jesse R. Gephart, is a comic take on UFOs and alien abductions. In the comedy, Kyle is abducted by aliens who are not quite what they seem. The cast includes Nathaniel Smathers as Kyle, Mindy Wilson as Blarg, Summer Wisdom as Blarg, Skipper Gipson as the playwright and an ensemble which includes Juliana Medford, Whit Emerson, Danny Stapp and Luke Aeschelman.

The second piece, directed by senior theatre performance major Daryl Walker, is a drama which explores the relationship between a mother and daughter over several years. Genevieve Perdue plays the mother. Paula Schmitt plays the daughter and Francis Burne is the father.

A special studio production of “Boys’ Life” by Howard Korder will complement the New Play Festival. Directed by senior theatre major Rickey Glover, the play is a series of fast-paced, sharply etched scenes, tracing the misadventures of three former college buddies seeking to make their way in the big city.

Laden with satirical humor, “Boys’ Life” also features various women who make the friends’ acquaintance, all the while poking fun at male narcissism and protracted adolescence. The cast includes Jesse R. Gephart as Don, Whit Emerson as Jack, Daryl Walker as Phillip, Ira Sargent as the man, Nikki Caruso as the girl, Rachel Wright as Lisa, Paula Schmitt as Maggie, Whitney Thore as Carla and Alyssa Wooten as Karen. Luke Aeschelman is the stage manger.

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