12/1/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Ashland University Department of Theatre announces the 10-Minute Play Festival that will be held Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall located in the Hugo Young Theatre building. The Festival will include performances of eight 10-minute plays directed by students enrolled in the theatre directing class taught by Robert Sean Parker, assistant professor of Theatre. The performances are free and open to the public. Due to the venue’s layout, patrons are asked to remain seated for the entire run of the eight plays.
With a diverse mix of funny, serious and thought-provoking plays, the directors, their selected scripts and casts are as follows:
· Deric Dove directs Nat Gruca's [PG], which includes a trio of shadowy figures who put a woman on trial for improper movie theatre etiquette. The cast includes Alyssa Fink as the woman; and Alejandro Ridolfi, Drew Berlin and Nik Demers as the trio of figures.
· Seth Morrison directs Anti-Depressants by Jeff Weisman, which follows an unexpected conversation between two people waiting in a therapist’s office. The cast includes Alejandro Ridolfi as James, and Melissa Haber as Monica.
· Elizabeth Davis Newhouse directs Gifted by Dean Lundquist, which gives a peek into the human relationship of two women at crucial crossroads in their lives, deciding between their children’s needs and their own desires. Jessica Dupee plays Dr. Lee and Maya Rickard is Mrs. Lin.
· Megan Harvey directs Emily Farris’ Tinfoil Memories, where a man is concerned about how his roommate knows so much about him in only two weeks. The cast includes Jacob Ellis as Sam, Ivey Buffenmyer as Gina, and Melissa Haber as Frida.
· Jessica Dupee directs Jeff Goode’s Murder by Midnight, which gives Dick Piston 10 minutes before the end of his shift to solve a murder at The Lakeview Hotel. Casting includes Waylon O’Donnell as Dick Piston, Megan Saupé as the Woman, and Alejandro Ridolfi as the Bellhop.
· Logan Baker directs Supernova by Bianca Sams, which is about a sick teenager attempting to shine her light on the world. Melisa Haber plays Mary Anne as Ivey Buffenmeyer is Lou Anne.
· Andrea Disch directs Waiting for the Matinee by Eric Coble, which follows Vivian and Estelle as they are forced to see a production of Waiting for Godot. When the show does not begin when it is supposed to, the girls frantically study their options to stay or leave. Vivian is played by Drew Berlin, and Maya Rickard is Estelle.
· Ceyanna Stasick directs Matti Roquel Rydalch’s The Auburn Crayon, where two individuals discuss the importance of assigned gender rules and attempt to patch the damaged path it has created for their following generation. The cast includes Alyssa Fink as Rosemary, and Jacob Ellis as Carlton.
For more information regarding the 10-Minute Play Festival or other Ashland University Theatre performances, visit the Web site, at www.ashland.edu/theatre or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or email@example.com.
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###