The Lourdes University Drama Society is preparing for its 7th annual Festival of One Acts in early April.
The performances will include the following, original one-act plays:
- The Elimination Round, by Carl L. Williams of Houston, Texas
- The Fish Pond, by Joe Lauinger of Ossining, N.Y.
- The Jar, by Cynthia Mercati of Des Moines, Iowa
- Off Book, by John C. Davenport of Seattle, Wash.
- Peaks and Valleys, by Jeffrey Strausser of Houston, Texas
- Waiting for Seven, by Philip Hall of Longboat Key, Fla.
Off Book, Peaks and Valleys, The Fish Pond and Waiting for Seven were the winners of the Drama Society’s One Act Playwriting Competition held last fall. The competition garnered international attention and received 125 submissions from across the U.S. and Canada.
John C. Davenport, was awarded first-place for his play, Off Book. When a man forgets what he is going to say to his girlfriend, a theatrical fact of life is revealed and she discovers that life is not nearly as spontaneous as she once thought.
Second-place playwright, Jeffrey Strausser, submitted Peaks and Valleys in which a young waitress is overwhelmed by family and financial problems. Fortunately, she learns that the most significant lessons in life are sometimes offered in the most improbable places by the most improbable people.
The Fish Pond, by Joe Lauinger, tied for third-place. When Harry takes Kate to his old fishpond, notoriously void of fish, Kate swears she sees one. Is Harry just refusing to admit he sees the fish or is Kate making it up? What else in their relationship is really there? Also tied for third place was Waiting for Seven, by Philip Hall. As Ethel sits on a bench with Mary, waiting for her fiancé to pick her up, she shares her fascinating history of marriages to six previous men, all of dubious character. Will number seven be any different?
Performances are scheduled for April 4-6 starting at 8 p.m. each day in the Franciscan Center.
Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors, and may be purchased in advance by calling 419-824-3999 or at the door prior to each performance.