The Studio 374 Evening Of One Acts is an annual event held by the junior class of the MSU School of Film and Photography. Under the direction of SOFP faculty mentors, the junior class is in charge of designing, directing, producing, and performing various one-acts to develop their understanding of the dramatic arts.
This year, five out of six plays are original plays written by students.
A diner robbery doesn't play out quite how you would expect in "Sorry, We're Closed, " by Fallon Walker, who also directs, while in "Thin Walls," a young boy is left alone for the night, and attempts to reconcile the bickering couple next door. Steven Roth is writer and director. In "The Little Things," written and directed by Todd Ruhnau, a young married couple sees a counselor behind each other's backs.
In "That Other Person," Ginge and Kevin are going to tell their respective spouses the marriage-shattering secret they've been keeping from everyone, but that is put on the back burner when a Peeping Tom crashes their night. The play is directed by Felicia Rogers and written by David Lindsay-Abaire.
Some teenagers might go a little too far to score a prom date in the case of "Nate Stanley Has A Date," which is written and directed by Alex Brinkman. And, in "Fortitude Save," a group of friends meets to complete their unfinished Dungeons and Dragons campaign in honor of a recently passed friend, but the night doesn't go as planned.. Dan Laveuax directed the play, and Julia Comstock helped co-write it.
"Theater is a medium where a director cannot hide behind technological advancements," said Roth, one of the directors. "A director must entertain and bring emotion to his audience through preparation, creativity, and a loyal, talented cast and crew."
Tom Watson, associate professor in the School of Film and Photography, teaches the one-act play class.
Tickets for the Evening of One Acts are $8 for students and $10 for the general public. Tickets are available at First Interstate Bank in the Strand Union and the front desk at the Visual Communications Building, or by calling the box office at 994-3904. Seating is limited so advanced reservations are highly recommended.
The Black Box Theater is located in the Visual Communications Building on the corner of 11th and Grant.