Bethany College Theatre will open its 2015-2016 season with “Short and Sweet: Four Brief But Delightful Plays that Touch the Funny Bone and the Heart,” on Friday, November 6 and Saturday, 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Burnett Center.
The evening begins with Don Nigro’s “Captain Rockets Versus the Intergalactic Brain-Eaters,” a comic romp that takes us back to the 1950s and the early days of television. Christian Cooper portrays the slightly askew Captain Rockets, and Kalyn Powers his ever-faithful companion Luna. Rounding out the cast are Avery Holmes as low-rate character actor Irving Kurtzman and Landon Slipke as Ed, the besieged stage manager.
“Play Development or If Hamlet Had Been a Reading” by Jules Tasca takes a comic look at what Shakespeare might have experienced if the modern play development process had been around back in his day. The cast includes Sabrina Wollenberg, Amanda Barcus, Slipke, Isaiah Frabrizius, Allison Waymire, Blakely Bunning, Holmes, Cooper, Powers, and Greg LeGault.
In Rory Leahy’s “The New Models,” Zauriel and Azreal are two angels who have been given the task of improving the most advanced species on Earth. Increased efficiency and maximum ability to truly experience all the wonders of life without—in Heaven’s eyes, at least—all the “rough edges,” so to speak. Slipke, Holmes, and Bunning take on the roles of the three angles, with Fabrizius and Micah Hirschler as the products of their efforts.
The evening closes with Kevin McFillen’s bittersweet “Subtraction,” in which an old man feeding pigeons in the park is visited by a young woman from the Office of Subtraction, an “extra-governmental agency” whose task it is to balance the universal equation that governs all things. “Subtraction” is a play about the pain that comes with loss and memory, but also about healing that memory can bring. Bill Olson will be seen a Walter and Wollenberg as Melanie.
“Save for ‘Subtraction,’ these are very short plays. The whole evening clocks in at about 80 minutes,” said Bethany College Theatre Professor Greg LeGault. “We thought it would be a fun way to start the year—a sort of theatrical appetizer, if you will.”
Dr. Carl Isaacson, Bethany communications professor, directs “Play Development” and “Subtraction,” while LeGault helms “Captain Rockets” and The “New Models.” Tyra Grace and Leandra Silsby are the production’s stage managers.
Admission at the door is $5 for adults and $3 for Bethany College students, faculty, and staff. Audiences are advised that the plays contain adult themes and strong language.