Abbey Players Present Evening of One-Act Plays

February 20, 2020

By Samantha Jette '20

The Abbey Players will take the Dana Center stage on Feb. 20-22 with a series of three one-act plays in “A Night of Unfortunate Comedy.”

This series, unlike other Abbey Players’ productions, is entirely run by students: directed, choreographed, and casted. In order to direct a show, students must propose and argue a case for their play in front of the board of directors. Once the board chooses three shows for the evening, the selected student directors hold auditions to cast their show.

“It's entirely student run, which truly makes this a unique process,” said Abbey Player Nicole Sherwood ’21.
Sherwood will direct “Progressively Dumber,” a play she originally wrote in high school, and then rewrote to propose again. As both a student director and playwright, Sherwood is both excited and nervous for her work to be presented to an audience.

“It's exciting seeing words you wrote come to life onstage. It's truly unlike anything I've done before,” she reflected.
The evening’s first play, “It’s Not You, It’s Me,” is written by playwright Don Zolidis and directed by Mary Pokora ’20. The play follows Jack and Catherine as they navigate the world of dating in a series of comedic breakup stories.

The second one-act, “13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview,” written by playwright Ian McWethy, is directed by Alex Fischer ’21. Audience members will watch as two college interviewers struggle to fill a spot in their school, despite a variety of applicants.

Sherwood’s “Progressively Dumber,” is the final play of the evening. Her original one-act features comedic interactions between a first-grade class and it’s teacher.

The one-acts begin at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 20 and 21, and at 2  p.m. on Feb. 22, with a student ‘buy one get one’ deal on Feb 20.

Tickets are $10 for reserved seating, $9 for faculty, alumni, senior citizens, and youth, and $7 for Saint Anselm students.

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