Variety of student-directed one-act plays presented this week

The One-Act Play Festival, a celebration of short plays presented by student directors, will be presented April 14-16 by the Ripon College Theatre Department. Performances are free and open to the public. The lineup includes:

Thursday, April 14, 7:30 p.m.

  • “St. Francis Preaches to the Birds,” by David Ives, directed by JaneMarie Erickson ’16 of Redgranite, Wisconsin. The play is set in a desert in Italy on Oct. 3, 1226. The cast includes David Firari ’18 of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, as St. Francis; James Balistreri ’19 of Plymouth, Wisconsin, as Mike; Sophie Widman ’18 of Boulder Creek, California, as Angela; and Katie Tredinnick ’16 of Lisle, Illinois, as Grandmother.
  • “The Perfect Relationship,” by Jill Elaine Hughes, directed by Addie McCauley ’17 of Greendale, Wisconsin. The play is set in Orchid’s living room in the present day. The cast includes Mikey Ambrowiak ’18 of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, as Orchid; Emma Lemke ’19 of Hilbert, Wisconsin, as Christine; and Katie Spaeth ’19 of Little Chute, Wisconsin, as Mary Ann.
  • “What’s in a Name?”, by Mary Smith, directed by Enya Nett ’16 of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. The play is set in small-town North Carolina in the spring of 1943. The cast includes Savannah White ’19 of Carol Stream, Illinois, as Bettie Lou; Allison Macknick ’17 of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, as Mrs. Spencer; Noelle Korzeniewski ’17 of Waterford, Wisconsin, as Miss Hester; Matthew Stern ’19 of Frankfort, Illinois, as Lorillard Poindexter; Drew Hetz ’18 of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, as Hal Jenkins; and Jacob Meyer ’19 of Henderson, Nevada, as The Stranger.

Friday, April 15, 7:30 p.m.

  • “Women in Heat,” by Rich Orloff, directed by Caroline Lundt ’16 of Madison, Wisconsin. The play is set in present-day Key West, Florida. The cast includes Britta Crisp ’18 of Middleton, Wisconsin, as Kim; Melany Castillo ’19 of Chicago, Illinois, as Marge; Alexandra Finken ’16 of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, as Charlene; and Juan Baez ’19 of Carrolton, Texas, as Matthew.
  • “The True Death of Socrates,” by Frank Higgins, directed by London Mosher ’16 of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. The play is set in a jail cell in ancient Greece in 399 B.C. The cast includes Alexander Snell ’16 of Brooklyn, Wisconsin, as Plato; Joseph Galbreath ’18 of Racine, Wisconsin, as Doofus; and Brian D. Fritsch ’16 of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as Socrates.
  • “The Actor’s Nightmare,” by Christopher Durang, directed by Connor Cummiskey ’16 of Hamburg, Minnesota. The play is set in a theatre off-Broadway in the present day. The cast includes Sam Ginkel ’19 of Mequon, Wisconsin, as George Spelvin; Amber Haugen ’19 of St. Cloud, Minnesota, as Sarah Siddons; Ethan Freiermuth ’19 of Prairie Farm, Wisconsin, as Henry Irving; Amanda Marcyjanik ’19 of Bloomer, Wisconsin, as Ellen Terry; and Alyssa Kollman ’19 of Kenosha, Wisconsin, as Meg.

Saturday, April 16, 2 p.m.

  • “Women in Heat.”
  • “The True Death of Socrates.”
  • “The Actor’s Nightmare.”

Saturday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.

  • “What’s in a Name?”
  • “St. Francis Preaches to the Birds.”
  • “The Perfect Relationship.”

Members of the production staff are John Dalziel, associate professor of theatre, technical director and set designer; Susan Shively ’17 of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, state manager; Haley Anderson ’19 of Pine River, Wisconsin, Aaron Kosterman ’19 of Oakfield, Wisconsin, and Dakota Winn ’18 of Hillsboro, Missouri, assistant stage manager; Alexis Kristoffersen ’19 of Vernon Hills, Illinois, lighting board operator; Michael Baumhardt ’18 of Richfield, Wisconsin, sound board operator; James Balistreri ’19 of Plymouth, Wisconsin, Connor Cummiskey ’16 of Hamburg, Minnesota, John Myers ’19 of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Enya Nett ’16 of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, and Dakota Winn ’18 of Hillsboro, Missouri, scenery and lighting crew; and Haley Anderson ’19 of Pine River, Wisconsin, Crystal Fercy ’19 of Appleton, Wisconsin, Addie McCauley ’17 of Greendale, Wisconsin, and Caryssa Waite ’18 of Princeton, Wisconsin, costume crew.


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