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School of Arts, Humanities and Social SciencesTHE MAN WHO COULDN’T DANCE” AND OTHER LOVES STORIES| Theatre Department Presents an Evening of Short Plays

The Theatre Department at Lake Erie College will present an evening of short plays, collectively called “The Man Who Couldn't Dance and other Love Stories.” Four scripts are being presented, with a large ensemble cast and a team of four directors. The performances will take place February 14 and 15 at 7:30 with a matinee February 16 at 2:00. All performances take place in the C.K. Rickel Theatre in Royce Hall for the Fine and Performing Arts. 

In honor of Valentine’s Day, the plays all relate to love, relationships, and gender roles. The four plays being presented are “The Man who couldn’t Dance” written by Jason Katims and directed by Abbey Kosch, “Bread” written by Andy Backer and directed by LEC student Cameron Zona, “Cameras” written by Jon Jory and directed by LEC alum Joseph Fath, and “Chook Chook” written by Fiona Farrell and directed by LEC Professor of Theatre Jerry C. Jaffe. According to Prof Jaffe, “Some are comedic and others are more serious in tone.”

“The Man Who Couldn’t Dance” is a romantic comedy about missed opportunities, second chances, and a newborn baby. “Bread” explores a moment when the simple act of eating bread can mean so much more. “Chook Chook” presents four female chickens philosophizing humorously about their fates stuck on a chicken farm. It presents an allegory about the struggle for self. “Cameras” is a series of monologues and vignettes about how photography creates a sense of alienation. Written over 30 years ago, it seems even more relevant now in the age of social media. Prof Jaffe advises that there is some adult language in these plays, and that “Cameras” includes a short scene of a photographer shooting a male nude model.

Across the four plays are an ensemble cast, including current LEC students Aaron Hannon and Cameron Zona, LEC alums Kate Greene, Margaret Gatzke and Jamie Kuta, and community members Tom Greene, Melissa Corbran, Bridget Johnson, William Benton, Myrissa Yokie, Jessica Fishley and Jerrod Burns. The Stage Manager is Erwashundah Jacobs with the lights designed by Joseph Fath. Stagehands include LEC students Michael Cox and Amber DePoy.

These shows are free to the community. No reservations are necessary. For more information, call the Lake Erie College Fine Arts Department of Theatre office at 440.375.7451.