Lake Erie College Department of Theatre
Presents a Season of One Acts
Over the next three months, the Theatre Department at Lake Erie College will be presenting a series of one act plays, featuring scripts from around the world and performed by students.
Season of One Acts begins with a Japanese play by Betsuyaku Minoru called A Corpse with Feet on February 25 & 26 at 7:30 and a matinee on Feb 27 at 2pm. A Corpse with Feet is directed by Lake Erie College Assistant Professor of Theatre Dr. Jerry Jaffe. Jaffe describes the play as a strange encounter by a man trapped at a train crosswalk who meets an unusual woman dragging a bag with the dead body of her lover. Comedy and tragedy ensue as the lives of these two strangers intertwine. Dr. Jaffe said he selected this play for its theatre of the absurd style and for the many nice details about life in Japan.
It’s Called the Sugar Plum runs March 17, 18 & 19 at 7:30 and March 20 at 2pm. The play will be directed by James Mango, who is also the Artistic Director of the Fine Arts Association in Willoughby. Mr. Mango is currently teaching an arts management class at the College. The play is by Israel Horvitz, who is one of America’s leading playwrights, whose many plays have been staged in New York City and around the world. This compelling one-act tells the story of Zuckerman, a college student who ran over and killed a young man riding a skate board, and Joanna, the fiancée of the dead man, and the unexpected twists and turns that occur when Joanna confronts him. This production is in partial completion of the BFA degree in Theatre by Joe Fath (’11), who not only plays Zuckerman but also is serving as producer, over-seeing many of the aspects of the play’s production.
April will feature a double-bill of exciting plays in the style of European experimentalism. Jet of Blood is a well-known masterpiece of surrealism by one of the leading theatre theorists of the twentieth century, Antonin Artaud. Artaud is also known for his famous collection of essays, Theatre and its Double. Jet of Blood depicts a young man’s quest for the perfect woman, be she virgin or harlot. This play is rated “R” for sexual content. It is being paired with Requiem by Leonid Andreyev, a masterpiece of Russian expressionism which re-tells in a theatre setting the tale of a mysterious masked patron commissioning a “death” play (paralleling the famous myth about Mozart). These plays will be directed by Dr. Jaffe. He says, “I have staged Requiem in a walking manner, moving throughout the beautiful C.K. Rickel Theatre and B.K. Smith Gallery. Audiences will find both of these plays very stimulating.” The twin-bill runs April 7, 8, & 9 at 7:30 and April 10 at 2:00pm.
Theater events are held in the C.K. Rickel Theatre of the beautifully appointed Royce Hall for the Fine and Performing Arts. Tickets are free for members of the Lake Erie College campus and two dollars for the public. For more information, call the Lake Erie College Fine Arts box office at 440.375.7455 or visit www.lec.edu/finearts.