10-minute plays short and sweet


Jennifer Byrd

News Editor


On April 18, “Short and Sweet: A Ten Minute Play festival” opened at the H.B. Atkinson Theatre for a four-night run. Although it was free to attend, as it is for all students and seniors, it would have been well worth the cost of admission, plus some.

Six plays, written, directed and performed by students take the audience on a faced-paced journey from serious issues facing American youth to hilarious satire.

“Dreams”, written and directed by Rena Vann, stars Mikki Kendall as Ella, an overweight and very talented actress that beats out her less talented, but skinny, competition for a lead role. Amy Lilly plays antagonist Jane. This play was heartfelt and well written.

“Voices”, written and directed by Matthew Herdman, explores the issue of bullying from the victim’s perspective, played by Logan Hensley. It starts with the lights down while sound bites from news reports recount the many murders and suicides that have resulted from bullying. This story has a powerful message, which D’Vonte Stewart’s character repeats over and over, “things will get better!”

“Don’t Forget The Tip”, written and directed by Kim Wasinger is hilarious. What at first seems like two girls, played by Kara Dore and Bryanna Hays, on a road trip quickly turns into a plot to kidnap the waiter, played by Jake Searock, and murder him.  The writer did an excellent job of keeping the audience guessing what the girls were doing until the very end.

“The Solace of a Neighbor”, written and directed by Greg Crall, was another piece taking on real world issues. While suffering a panic attack, Sarah, played by T.K. Morrison, asks God for help. He sends it in the form of crazy neighbor Larry, brilliantly acted by Richie Rayfield. Rayfield’s Larry reminds me of Heath Ledger’s chaotic Joker, minus the evil psychopath part.

“To Videodrome, With Love”, written and directed by J.W. Morgan, follows two friends, played by Thomas Patrick Boyle and Sally Van der Veer, on a murderous plot to eliminate Videodrome’s screenwriter, Fisher, played by D’Vonte Stewart. They blame Fisher, and others like him, for the dumbing down of American cinema and they aren’t going to let him ruin Videodrome. In the end, the successful murder leaves the assailant remorseful, crying over the dead body, realizing murder may have been a bit drastic. The writing was good, but the F bomb was dropped repeatedly and lessened the powerful message.

“The Café”, written by Chris Dorian and directed by Brooke Clevenger, was by far my favorite. Rena Vann’s comedic talent shines again as she plays the ditzy and loveable Malibu. Lauren Colston, Nick Montoya, Jake Searock and Courtney Knight round out the cast of this hilarious play where four friends and a waitress discuss pregnancy, intelligence and beauty in a local café. The story ends in an impromptu dance party and definitely deserves, as Malibu would say, “snaps for Jesus!”

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Dream Act is hot topic at HSA event

Narges Taghavi

Feature Editor

Immigration attorney Giovanni Perry speaks to students during the HSA event. Photo Courtesy of Erica Alvarez

The Hispanic Student Association hosted their annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, Sept. 27 in the Campus Mall. The event consisted of a taco bar, music from Alegria Real and a salsa cook-off, as well as a panel of those affected by the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act who discussed how it affected other’s lives.

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The H.B. Atkinson Theatre staged a production of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”

By: Narges Taghavi, Feature Editor

Rick Nelson, Professor of Theatre, provided a synopsis of the play. “A new and shocking version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of depravity, lust, love and horror. On the fog-bound streets of Victorian-era London, Henry Jekyll’s experiments with exotic ‘powders and tinctures’ have brought forth his other self—Edward Hyde, a sensualist and villain free to commit the sins Jekyll is too civilized to comprehend. When Hyde meets a woman who stirs his interest, Jekyll fears for her life and decides to end his experiments. But Hyde has other ideas, and so the two sides battle each other in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse to determine who shall be the masterand who his slave.”

The play runs from Oct. 27 – 29 with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday Oct. 30. Tickets are $5 for the public and $3 for students, however there was a dinner theater special on Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. tickets were $23 with a $3 discount for senior citizens.

Prior to the shows premiere the actors prepared for opening night.

“For pre-show rituals, basically I just drink a lot of water, do some stretches, and recite silly tongue twisters such as “The Arsonist has oddly shaped feet” and “Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers.” Garrett Haley, who played Mr. Gabriel Utterson in the production, said.

“Mr. Gabriel Utterson, a lawyer and loyal friend to Henry Jekyll.  Utterson does a great amount of investigative work to find out what kind of person Edward Hyde is so that he can prove to Jekyll that Hyde is a man he should not associate with.”
Haley also mentioned that the best way to put aside those pre-show nerves is to simply tell yourself to get over them and move on. And that is just what the cast did. They made it through all the practices, worries, customs, and stage drama to ensure sure the show went on.

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