Mary Baldwin Theatre presents Lights Up!

May 6, 2009

The Mary Baldwin University Theatre is proud to present Lights Up! a series of eight one-act productions, running from May 13–17 in the Fletcher Collins Theatre in Deming Hall.

In this festival of new plays ranging from slapstick to thrillers to drama, each selection is student directed, performed, and produced.

The showcase is being presented in a staggered format, with Bill I on Wednesday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., and a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Bill II will be on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m. One ticket purchase provides admission to a performance of each bill.

The celebration kicks off with Bill I, “Cosmic Goofs,” a sarcastic comedy directed by Michelle Brandt. “A girl attempts to put her life back together after her hippie boyfriend disappeared with her ex-best friend.” It is followed by “Kung-Foolery,” a comedy directed by Rin Barton, in which a young man, convinced that he is a ninja, engages his mother-in-law in deadly combat. In “That Afternoon,” a drama directed by Alana Patrick, two college freshmen come face to face after an attempted suicide has torn apart their friendship. The evening finishes with “Bardo-First Time Around,” a comedy with hints of heartbreak, directed by Miranda Uphoff. She describes it as “a dramatic comedy about the journey that a man must make to his second life.”

Bill II debuts on Thursday evening with “Here I Go, Boys. Wish Me Luck,” a drama directed by Stori Ayers. A group of friends can’t seem to find a way to cope with possibly losing another friend, and decide to take matters into their own hands. “Turtle Beach,” a comedy directed by Lily Kerrigan introduces you to talking sea turtles. “Killeen,” directed by Tanisha Tyler, is a suspenseful thriller about a repair woman who allegedly comes to fix an alarm system at a bar, but ends up accusing the owner of murder. The last production is “Before the Bell,” a comedy directed by Ariel Howard. Imagine a class clown, a prom queen, a jock, a geek