Montana State University

MSU students present one-act plays Dec. 9-11

December 2, 2010

"Happily Ever After...Maybe" is one of the one-act plays that will be presented at MSU on Dec. 9-11.   High-Res Available

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Students from Montana State University's School of Film and Photography will present an evening of one-act plays at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9-11 at the MSU Black Box Theater, located in the Visual Communications Building, located at the corner of 11th and Grant.

The Evening of One Acts is an annual event put on by juniors in the School of Film and Photography. With the help of faculty, these students write and produce an evening of the theater to further develop their understanding and passion for theater arts.

This year five of the six productions are original works crafted by student playwrights. "The Right to Remain" is the story of a husband confronted by his family during a momentous family dinner. "All The World's Backstage" pits a group of theater crew against one another as they struggle with ego and competition during their latest production. "It Came From Over There" sees four friends huddled around the campfire when an unexpected visitor emerges from the woods. A young princess hopes for a little magic and lives "Happily Ever After...Maybe." In "Trashed," two garbage men during another round of collection find more than coffee grounds and banana peels. When detectives find "Somebody's Dead," everyone's a suspect, including the drunken butler.

Greg Owens, a local playwright and adjunct instructor, lends his experience and guidance to the students. Owens works closely with the writers and directors to refine their plays and nurture a productive and professional rehearsal environment.

"This particular class has been fun because everyone has brought a great attitude and work ethic to what we're doing. They come into the theatre eager to learn and ready to do the work." Owens said.

Tom Watson, associate professor of theater design and technology, guides the technical staff as they render set, costume and lighting designs for each of the six one-acts

"After almost 20 years of doing theater, I still love it, but it's sometimes difficult not to become jaded about the way it often actually happens in the real world. This class has done a lot to renew my excitement for and faith in the theater in general," Owens said.

Tickets for the Evening of One Acts are $8 for students and $10 for the general public. They 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.

Shawn Newton (406) 230-2309,