Bethany College Theatre will close out the 2015-16 season with its bi-annual Festival of Student-Directed Short Plays, Friday and Saturday, April 29-30, at 7:30 p.m. in Burnett Center. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for Bethany College students, staff, and faculty.
The first of the evening’s six short plays is David Ives’ “Bolero,” in which a woman’s world threatens to come apart when she and her husband hear strange sounds from the apartment next door in the dead of the night. Kalyn Powers and Isaiah Fabrizius take on the roles of the young couple in the play, directed by Landon Slipke.
In “Enigma Variations,” also by David Ives, wacky shenanigans ensue as two look-alikes named B. B. W. W. Doppel-gänger attempt to solve an identity crisis with the help of, among others, Dr. William W. Williams and his nurse, Fifi, who may or may not be who — or what – she seems to be. Linzi Garcia directs Landon Slipke, Carly Rosey, Natalie Nelson, Avery Holmes, and Amanda Barcus.
The zaniness continues in Jeff Goode’s “Murder by Midnight,” a delightful comic nod to the detectives of film noir fame. Hard-boiled hotel gumshoe Dick Piston has just 10 minutes to solve a brutal murder for a beautiful widow or risk losing the case to the day shift. The cast includes Isaiah Frabrizius, Micah Hirschler, and Brandon Divine.
Three wise guys. Attitude galore. A classic standoff between pistol-packing bad guys. Welcome to “The Tarantino Variation” by Seth Kramer, directed by Brandon Divine. Gilda Alvarez, Avery Holmes, and Natalie Nelson play the wise guys who have each other in their sights.
When the newbie tries to get acclimated on her first day at the new job, a co-worker ensures that it’s going to be anything but easy in Stephen Brown’s darkly comic play, “The Purg.” Sabrina Wollenberg directs Carly Rosey, Christian Cooper, and Gilda Alvarez.
The evening concludes with “Battle Tactics” by Andy Haynes. “In a medieval fantasy world apart from time and place,” a group of less-than-competent adventurers attempt to figure out a strategy for their next encounter with the Ogre King. Esther Weicht, Isaiah Fabrizius, Christian Cooper, and Avery Holmes appear as the intrepid adventurers in the production, directed by junior Micah Hirschler.