If you go
What: "An Evening of One Acts" performance by University of Jamestown Theatre
When: 7:30 p.m, Thursday, May 3
Where: DeNault Auditorium in the Reiland Fine Arts Center, UJ campus.
University of Jamestown Theatre will close the school year with the performance of four one-act plays written, directed and acted by UJ students on May 3 in the Reiland Fine Arts Center.
"An Evening of One Acts" features plays written by Hunter Carpenter, Amanda Arvay, ReeAnn Christianson and Kenady Hansen.
Mike McIntyre, UJ's director of theatre, said these four students took a play writing class all semester. He said the department just completed its performance of the big spring show, "The Admirable Crichton," and usually the one-acts would be performed a week after that show closes. This year he said they had an extra week to rehearse and tweak the plays before they are performed next week.
"We held auditions a couple of months back, about the same time we held auditions for our big spring show," he said. "Just about all the participants in the one-acts were part of the spring show, so they are coming off that."
Carpenter's play is called "Through My Eyes" and is based on his experience of being colorblind. He said the only color he can see correctly is yellow and the trait had an impact on him growing up.
"The main character in the play is a young boy who is colorblind," he said. "The play shows his struggles and how he sees thing from a different perspective."
Carpenter said he hopes what people take away from his play is that even if you have a challenge in your life, a disability, that doesn't mean you can't achieve all that you want.
Christianson said her play is about a girl who recently graduated from high school and is getting ready to go to college. She has had some changes in her life, her dad left and came back, her mother works long hours and her best friend spent the summer traveling around Europe.
The character, Lynn, and her friend spend time catching up on everything that happened over the summer. Christianson said we learn as the play goes on that Lynn fell down the stairs and was in a coma all summer and that her friend died in Europe.
"She (Lynn) has made up this place in her head so she can decide what to do next," Christianson said.
This was the first time Christianson and Carpenter both had written a play.