LACEY, Wash. — The audience is in control, and anything can happen during “30 Plays in 60 Minutes,” this fall’s production by the Saint Martin’s University theatre arts department.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 11, 12, 16, 17, 18 and 19, and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 13 in the Kreielsheimer Arts Building on the University campus, 5000 Abbey Way SE. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $5 for students/seniors/military for all shows except those on Nov. 16 and 17, which will be pay-what-you-will. Advance tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com
The medley of two-minute plays, taken from “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind,” was created by Greg Allen and written by The Neo-Futurists, a Chicago-based experimental theater company, says professor of theatre arts David Hlavsa, one of the show’s directors. Also directing will be Brian Tyrrell and University senior Shannon Winterfeld.
“We’re doing 30 plays in 60 minutes, and the audience gets to choose the order we do them in from a ‘menu,’” Hlavsa remarked, as he described the rapid-fire format.
“These are eight brave actors – to do these plays in random order chosen by the audience, and to try to beat the clock without rushing. Every rehearsal is a blast. I can’t wait to see how this works in front of an audience! It should be a lot of fun.”
Hlavsa said The Neo-Futurists are dedicated to challenging cultural stereotypes, to spontaneity and randomness, and to fresh, real-time connection with the audience. Saint Martin’s is producing the show by special arrangement with the company, he said.
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 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,243 undergraduate students and 277 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 350 more students to its extended campus at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
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