The theatre at Spoon River College has announced the cast and crew for its March 4-6 production of Here We Are: An Evening of One-Act Plays.
The company will present, for the first time in recent memory, a short series of one-act plays rather than a more traditional full-length story. The plays include “The Man in a Case” by Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein, “Here We Are” by novelist, poet, and Oscar nominee Dorothy Parker, and “On Tidy Endings” by Tony-award winning actor and writer Harvey Fierstein.
SRC Theatre program director Douglas Okey, a member of the SRC faculty and director of the Fierstein play, said that the spring production will be notable not just for the one-act-plays format: The Wasserstein and Parker plays will be directed by current SRC Theatre students.
Lauren Avery and Kaitlynn Tutt, both second-year students in the SRC Theatre program, are taking on directing duties for the first time on SRC’s stage. “These are two highly committed and creative theatre artists,” said Okey. “They know our program, our playing space, and many of the members of the current company.” Tutt, who has worked previously on stage and as stage manager, will direct the Parker play.
Avery, a familiar face on SRC’s stage the last two years, will take on Wasserstein, whose play is based on a short story by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov. Both students are directing as part of an academic theatre “practicum,” meaning that they are earning academic credit for their work on the show.
SRC Theatre presents its plays in the Taylor Hall Theatre on the college’s Canton Campus. Here We Are: An Evening of One-Act Plays runs March 4 and 5 at 7:00 p.m. and March 6 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and can be reserved using the reservations form on the Theatre page at SRC.edu or calling (309) 649-6257.
Members of the company for Here We Are: An Evening of One-Act Plays, comprising both currently enrolled students and community members, include: Lauren Avery, Melody Barnes, Oliver Dalpiaz, Destiny Evans, Aaron Haacke, Zac Hanson, Rachel Hickle, Aja Lawson, Haiden Lee, Zoe Lutes, Hunter Martin, Sydney Munson, Sienna Rader, Lily Rogers, Kirsten Seeley, Kyle Simpson, Kaitlynn Tutt, Madelynn Wilcox, and Hannah Zimmerman.