Abbey Players Present Annual One-Act Play Festival

February 21, 2017

By Jasmine Blais '17

Opening Thursday, February 2, the Anselmian Abbey Players will present their annual One-Act Play Festival in the Koonz Theatre of the Dana Center for the Humanities. Performances will be held throughout the weekend on February 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m.

The tradition of the One-Act Play Festival, which provides student producers and directors the opportunity to present one-act, experimental works, began in 1983. This year's theme is "You Can't Fight Fate," and plays include Boy Meets Girl: A Young Love StoryThey Walk Among Us, and Sylvia.

Emily Schomp '18 and Jake Miller '18 direct Sam Wolfson's Boy Meets Girl: A Young Love Story, a comedy that follows the complicated three-day relationship of five-year-old Sam and Katie, played by Matt Panneton '20 and Rose Garron '17. The two encounter bumps in the road to romance when they must navigate the strains of selling girl-scout cookies together, choosing a plus-one for a birthday party, and sleeping-around at naptime.

A warm satire, Boy Meets Girl and its fresh vision of twenty-first century dating will appeal to today's audience. Schomp and Miller chose this work because of the comedic innocence of the main characters. "The two five-year-olds think they have relationships figured out. Their conceptualization of what it means be in love reflects the manner in which many young adults approach relationships as well in a sweet, silly way," Schomp says. "I hope audiences will laugh and see a bit of themselves in Sam and Katie."

They Walk Among Us, directed by Julia Nosel '19 and Kelsey Warner '19, features three angels who arrive in New York City on missions from "The Big Man." Levi, Cyrus, and Grace are sent to watch over Adam when he is the object of demonization and hate in his community. When a miracle saves a life, it reminds the audience that angels do walk among them. The play was written by the late Nicholas "Nicky" O'Neill, the youngest of 100 victims of the Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island in 2003. Representatives for O'Neill provided the play to Saint Anselm College at no charge.

Junior Kate Dugas directs Sylvia, A. R. Gurney's comedy about a mutt that drives a wedge between two New York City empty nesters. Greg and Kate, played by Natasha Antkowiak '18 and Garrett Meyer '18, are finally ready to settle down by themselves when Greg brings home Sylvia, played by Jen Cardarelli '18. This begins the conflict about a man struggling to choose between love for his dog and love for his wife.

Student producer Cole Crusciel, a freshman English major from Pennsylvania, is very excited about the festival and urges all to attend.

"We have three teams of directors who each have a very unique play, style of directing, and personality, which are obvious when one sees their shows," says Crusciel. "Being the producer, I see every show at least once throughout the week, and I am impressed by how much time and energy the actors and directors have committed to them."

Tickets for the One-Act Play Festival at Saint Anselm College from Thursday through Saturday, February 2, 3 and 4 may be purchased on-campus at the Dana Center or online at Tickets are $11 for adults; $10 for senior citizens, non-Saint Anselm students, and others; and $8 for Saint Anselm students. Ticket prices do not include fees.