Northwestern theatre students to present evening of plays

Community members are invited to attend a free performance of plays directed by Northwestern College theatre students. On Wednesday, Dec. 9, students in Professor Mark Tyler Miller’s directing class will present five short plays, each lasting between 10 to 15 minutes. The one-acts will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Allen Theatre of the DeWitt Theatre Arts Center and will be presented in succession.

“A Long Trip,” following an elderly couple’s struggles with dementia and Alzheimer’s, will be directed by junior Karisa Meier.

Junior Rachel Smart will be directing “Brilliant Traces,” in which a runaway bride finds herself in a hermit’s cabin.

“Attack of the Moral Fuzzies,” in which a game show contestant attempts to get rid of her anxieties, will be directed by senior Ashley Olson.

“Pegging Out” explains the story of two siblings trapped in a coal mine who meet a stranger. It will be directed by junior Angela Wintering.

Junior Ryan Altman will be directing “I’m Just Digging a Hole in the Woods at 2 a.m. … No Reason. Why Do You Ask,” in which a woman finds her classmate digging a hole in the woods in the middle of the night.

“We have a little bit of everything this year, so I think people will really have a great time,” says Miller, assistant professor of theatre, “We want the audience to see the transformative power of story, even in 10 minutes—how we can jump from place to place in our imaginations to experience five different worlds in one evening.”

Due to physically distanced seating, the Allen Theatre can hold only 70 audience members. Masks will be required at the performance.