An odd smell in the fridge, a scholarship, a childhood home and a stick are the catalysts in four original, one-act plays written by Grays Harbor College students.
See them performed at Grays Harbor College’s Bishop Center tonight Friday and Saturday.
Tickets for the performances, which begin at 7:30 p.m., are $5. They may be purchased in advance at www.ghc.edu/bishop or at the Bishop Center door. The plays, written by Nick Gruber, Cora Foss, Kailey Hara and Rebecca Myers, are directed by GHC instructors Brad Duffy and Lynne Lerych.
Students in a playwriting class had the chance to submit their final products to be part of this yearly showing. Duffy said he and Lerych choose from four to seven each year.
”It’s always a fun experience for the playwrights to see their characters come to life. It’s also fun for the actors to take these characters and breathe life into them,” he said.
Instead of using the entire theater’s many seats, the stage is extended to accommodate 60 chairs that are closer to the actors.
Each student provided brief overviews of their productions:
“Slave to the clock”
Written by Rebecca Myers
Featuring Laura Smith as Abagail and Dan Overton as Wesson
Magic! Sword-fighting! Invisible people! All this and more in “Slave to the Clock.” After a lifetime of hurdles, Abagail, a young college student, struggles to find her way. She tries to convince her father, Wesson, to leave town and begin a new life. Everything seems fine and dandy … until Wesson gets plans of his own. Abby and Wesson’s worlds collide as they try to overcome the obstacles standing between them. Will Abby get her freedom? Does Wesson defeat the clock? Is there really such a thing as magic? Find out in the absurd, exciting, heartwarming performance of “Slave to the Clock.”
Written by Nick Garber
Featuring Chris Fruto as Steve and Kendall Cavin as Claire
In “The View,” a not-so-romantic comedy, Claire and Steve try to get used to living together, only to discover that even in the same room, they don’t necessarily share the same view.
Written by Kailey Hara
Featuring Grant Taylor as Nicholas and Kendall Cavin as Mary
“Moving Day” focuses on the tenuous relationship between a father named Nicholas and his daughter Mary, who have found themselves in the difficult situation of parting with their home. As the they begin to remove their belongings, the two come to realize that they have both been struggling in the household for very different reasons.
Written by Cora Foss
Featuring Bri Bonell as Chloe and Julie Oliver as Randi
“Explosion” is about a failed friendship between Chloe and Randi, two high school girls who have been best friends since they were little and are finding out who received a scholarship. When Chloe learns that, for the first time in her life, she didn’t win, chaos ensues and the friends quickly learn a hard lesson about friendship.