Saint Martin’s University Theater Department presents An Evening of One-Act Plays

Oct. 23, 2013

Audiences can enjoy a taste of crazy-quilt comedy theatre when actors take to the stage next month to perform student-directed, one-act plays exploring topics as diverse as discordant marriages, life and death, and an initial meeting between Adam and Eve in a bar.

One-Act PlaysAn Evening of One-Act Plays will be hosted by the Saint Martin’s University Theater Department beginning Nov. 15 at the Kreielsheimer Arts Building on the University’s Lacey campus.

“We’ll be presenting a sampler of one-act plays, which tend to possess a lot of magic,” says David Hlavsa, Ph.D., theater arts professor at Saint Martin’s. “With a longer play, you get a whole life presented to you in two hours. With a one-act play, you get a whole life presented to you in 10 minutes.”

The theater department requires theater majors to direct at least one play but any student is welcome to do so. “I’m willing to work with anyone who is interested,” according to Hlavsa. Each student director selected each of the seven plays scheduled for the upcoming performance.

The plays, authors, and student directors are:

  • Lives of the Saints, by David Ives, directed by Amanda Baker: Two women preparing a funeral breakfast in a church basement muse on life, death, and the meaning of Polish jokes.
  • Two Conversations, by David Mamet, directed by Amanda Baker: Provocative, funny, short vignettes by a Pulitzer Prize-winning author.
  • The Problem, by A.R. Gurney, directed by Grace Caruso: A married couple are caught in a spiral of sexual fantasies that enable them to keep their relationship vibrant.
  • Naomi in the Living Room, by Christopher Durang, directed by Grace Caruso: During a visit from her son and daughter-in-law, Naomi is alternately friendly and insulting. Things start to unravel when son John switches his clothing to look like his wife, Johnna.
  • In the Beginning, by Bruce Kane, directed by Rebecca Franklin: The future of the human race appears questionable when a sophisticated Eve meets a hunky but dim Adam at the Garden of Eden Bar & Grill.
  • She’s Fabulous, by Jack Neary, directed by Rebecca Franklin: Two actresses of a certain age attend a performance of Death of a Salesman, in which another actress, their fierce rival, is playing Linda Loman.
  • Laundry & Bourbon, by James McLure, directed by Ryan Miller: Three, small-town wives lace their get-together with hilarious gossip, as well as discontent with their unsatisfactory marriages.

Performance times are as follows:
Nov. 15, 16, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 17, 2:00 p.m.
Nov. 20, 21, 22, 23, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets at the door are $12 for general admission, and $7 for students, seniors and military personnel. Nov. 20 is Pay-What-You-Will. Advance Tickets can be purchased online at

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

For additional information:

David Hlavsa
Professor, theater arts

Meg Nugent Dwyer
Media relations manager