Splash! sold out its weekend production of seven short plays Feb. 3 – 7 in the Page Theatre black box. The box office was forced to turn down students hoping to buy tickets lined up at the door following Friday’s performance.
All shows were directed and performed by Saint Mary’s students. Three featured shows were original works written by up-and-coming playwrights: junior Cindy Wang, junior Andrew Hanzelka and graduate student Colleen Morgan, ’15.
“It’s been incredible watching my written work unfold in front of an audience,” said Wang of her show “Male Nurse Problems,” a humorous rendition of a male nurse who struggles to keep his sexual orientation a secret during his regular breaks with a friend and colleague of his. The comedy, directed by junior Jack Walterman, had the audience practically tumbling out of their seats in laughter on Saturday night as the ridiculous scenarios escalated.
“Eye For Eye,” by Hanzelka, was directed by senior Chelsea Gritz and demonstrates the cycle of hate and revenge by placing the audience into the “black and white” mindset that the characters initially go through. The plot twist allows the audience to feel the emotions of the characters and recognize the errors of their own ways as well as the characters’ errors.
Morgan’s work, “Stuck,” directed by junior Jake Muzzarelli, uses the scene of a broken-down subway to capture the inner demons that so easily escape toward others, in both the literal darkness and the figurative one, and blind people from recognizing the identities, hardships, and responsibilities of those around them.
The remaining plays were comedies. Senior Katie Kelsey directed “Women and Wallace,” written by Jonathan Marc Sherman. Senior Danielle Laferriere directed “Ferris Wheel,” written by Mary Miller. Junior Colleen Thule directed “DMV Tyrant,” written by Christopher Durang and “The Chocolate Bar Affair,” written by Stephanie Walker.
“I really really enjoyed seeing the shows,” said junior Selena Bergstrom. “All of the actors were amazingly authentic to their characters, the sets worked great, and the selections were all really entertaining, but also meaningful.”