Story telling at its finest in two one-act plays on campus at Saint Martin’s University

Oct. 12, 2006

Lacey – Two one-act plays reveal what lies beneath the orderly surface of some people’s lives. Curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-18 for The Zoo Story, written by Edward Albee, and WASP, written by Steve Martin. The venue will be the university’s Kreielsheimer Arts Building, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE.

In The Zoo Story, directed by SMU student Beth McCoy, a neat, well-to-do man sits peacefully reading in the sunlight in Central Park. Jerry, a young and unkempt vagrant approaches him. With provocative humor and unrelenting suspense, the young vagrant slowly, but relentlessly, brings his victim down to his own atavistic level as he relates a story about his visit to the zoo.

“Sometimes it’s necessary to go a long distance out of the way in order to come back a short distance correctly” -- The Zoo Story

“As Jerry tells his story, The Zoo Story draws in the audience in way that’s unusual in the modern theater,” says SMU student Director Beth McCoy. “The plot is both subtle and suspenseful – as Jerry has to keep Peter’s interest. Ultimately, his tale of unrequited love is shocking, amazing, tragic – but, in order to tell it, he has to win us over.”

WASP sends up the 1950s suburban family. Mom is surrounded by people, but deeply alone; dad speaks in bizarre platitudes; and the children fear anything new. The play vibrates with satire and dark lyrical irony as the family meanders blindly toward catastrophe.

"WASP is the American Dream, but the people having the dream are going completely crazy and keep trying to wake up," observes SMU student Director Christian Pearson. “The play is like Leave It to Beaver . . . on crack," says Pearson.

Admission is $10, $6 for students and seniors, at the door. The Nov. 16 is a pay-what-you-will performance; arrive early as these seats go quickly. For more information, please contact David Hlavsa, chair of the department of theatre arts, 360-438-4345;

For more information:

David Hlavsa
Associate professor, theatre arts