Theatre Release: Mary Baldwin University Theatre Presents Act Out!

May 3, 2011

Mary Baldwin University closes its 2010–2011 theater season with the student directed one-act new play festival Act Out! The festival features plays from playwrights all across the United States with a range of comedies and dramas, and runs from May 11–15.

The Rose Club, written by graduate student Bonnie Morrison, opens with three dead queens, Anne, Catherine, and Jane, surrounding the bed of Katherine, the next wife in line to Henry VIII. Directed by Emilie Holmstock, the queens come to warn Katherine of the terrible mistake they believe she is about to make.

My Boyfriend’s Wife sends a message about letting go, and letting love take its course. Directed by Jesi Dunnivan, the play features Dodie, the current girlfriend of Allen, who has come to visit the gravesite of his ex-wife, Raina, in hopes of convincing her to let Allen go. This beautifully written drama teaches the audience a lesson on love.

Abby’s Birthday gives us Diane Belmont, an assassin in her prime, and Abby, a young beautiful aspiring actress. Kidnapped by Diane, Abby must escape before she meets her death, but when the truth is revealed, what will Abby do? This thriller, directed by Danielle Guy, will keep the audience on the edge of their seats.

Lend Me a Mentor, directed by Gwendolyn Boniface, features a young, ambitious writer, eager to get the perfect mentor, a very less than amused and sarcastic author who is only interested one thing: getting home! That, however, won’t stop the determined student.

Directed by Rachel Berger, The Problem of Evil, written by graduate student Glenn Schudel, features the Vice Presidents of some of the seven deadly sins, Sloth and Gluttony, Rumor, Greed, and, of course, Lust and Lechery. A typical lunch break for the “Kings and Queens” of hell is nothing short of everyday problems, in hell of course. There’s always money to be made, food to be eaten, and plenty of people to seduce!

Walls of Sand is the beautiful story of Raven and Caleb, two strangers who have met, in of all places, a sandbox. Together, they build their own castle, as Caleb tries to bring the shy and uncomfortable Raven out of her shell, showing her how truly wonderful she is. This tender drama is directed by Aubrey Joyner.

Please join directors, cast, and crew for a night of cheers, jeers, and sand! All shows will run in the Fletcher Collins Theatre in Bertie Murphy Deming Fine Arts Center at Mary Baldwin University. The theatre department will be providing special parking in the Presidential Parking Lot. For those who have difficulties with the steps, please call the box office one hour before curtain time on the night of the show, and shuttle arrangements will be provided. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. May 11–14 and 2:00 p.m. May 15. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. The box office is open from 10:00–5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, and can be reached at 540-887-7189. Shows do sell out, so get your tickets now!