Lake Erie College students present the “New Play Festival”
Students at Lake Erie College have written four short plays as part of the “New Play Festival” that will take place on Friday and Saturday, March 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the C.K. Rickel Theatre in the Fine Arts Building. A matinee show will be on Sunday, March 21 at 2 p.m. The plays will be performed by members of the College’s TH 316 Play Writing class and staged by students of the TH 308 Directing class.
The idea of the festival came from Lake Erie’s own assistant professor of drama, Dr. Jerry Jaffe, as he wanted the work done by his students last fall to be shared with the College and community. “It is important for young writers to see their work on stage,” Jaffe said. “It is all a part of developing their theatrical imagination.”
The plays are “Broken,” by Joseph Fath; “We’ll Miss You, Michael Smith,” by Nic Grimsic; “Factory,” by Jonathan Sweet; and “A Simple Lesson,” by Danielle Pitrone. “Broken” is an ironic comedy-drama about a failing marriage as symbolized by the couple’s house falling apart around them. “We’ll Miss You, Michael Smith” is a very silly farce about a funeral with the wrong body on display and the lengths the two men running the funeral will go in order to cover up their error. “Factory” is a social drama about two men working at a factory and the crime they are considering to help change their lives. Finally, “A Simple Lesson” is about a time-obsessed traveler and the troubles he has with people in a train station.
In addition to the student writers, the directors include current students, alumni and community volunteers.
Students of the College’s lighting design class are working with the Cleveland-based lighting expert, Ben Needham of Digital Squirrel Studios, on creating original lighting designs for these plays. Needham is currently teaching a stagecraft class at the College.
Tickets for the event are free and no reservations are necessary. For more information, call the Lake Erie College Fine Arts box office at 440.375.7455.
Lake Erie College, located in Painesville, Ohio, currently serves more than 1,200 students. Founded in 1856, Lake Erie is an independent, liberal arts institution that challenges its students to "get in and stand out" in academics, athletics and student activities. The College offers 33 undergraduate majors and the option to design an individualized major to fit career and academic goals. Lake Erie's innovative learning experiences focus on helping students to meet career and life challenges, preparing for a world that is increasingly interdependent.