Lamar Theatre presents ‘An American Sampler:’ an evening of classic one-act plays

Allison Underhill

(Lamar press release)

Lamar University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will close the 2012-13 season with “An American Sampler:” An Evening of Classic One-Act Plays April 25-28.  

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. April 25-27, and 2 p.m. April 28. The student-directed plays are each approximately half an hour long, and will be performed in the Studio Theatre.  

"Margaret's Bed" by William Inge, directed by Allison Underhill, of Port Arthur, is the tale of two people's inability to come together. The main character, Elsie, has a near pathological fear of sleeping in an otherwise empty apartment so she has picked up Ben at a concert, in the hopes that he will agree to sleep in her roommate Margaret's bed.

Billed as a Southern Gothic, Tennessee William’s "Kingdom of Earth," directed by Steven Hoffman, Elmira, N.Y., is set during a raging storm in Mississippi. A pair of half brothers battle for property and ownership as the waters rise and the levee threatens to break.

The evening concludes with feminist classic "Trifles," by Susan Glaspell, directed by Sarah Green, of Fort Worth. Loosely based on true events Glaspell covered as a young reporter in Iowa, “Trifles” is a murder mystery that explores gender relationships, power between the sexes and the nature of truth.

“There’s a little something for everyone,” said Ron Zank, visiting instructor of theatre. “The first play is sort of romantic, flirtatious and maybe a little sad. The second has sex, blood and guts, while the third, ‘Trifles,’ looks at a more mature problem. All of the plays focus on people in isolation, and how they cope with that, and the decisions they make based on it.”

“Margaret's Bed” will feature Aimee Shepherd, Chicago, as Elsie and Chaz Romero, Orange, as Ben.

“Kingdom of Earth” cast members include Anthony Garza, Houston, as Lot;  Jared Fall, Mauriceville, as Chicken; Chloe Sullivan, Kountze, as Myrtle; James Byron Woods, Humble, as Male Voice and Natalie Sell/Spring, as Female Voice.

“Trifles” will be performed by Chaz Romero, Orange, as Mr. Hale; Aimee Shepherd, Chicago, as Mrs. Hale; Anthony Garza, Houston, as Sheriff; Maci McFarlin, Nederland, as Mrs. Peters and  James Byron Woods, Humble, as the County Attorney.

Tickets are $15 for general admission; $10 for senior citizens, students and LU faculty/staff; and $7 for LU students. 

Call (409) 880-2250 for reservations and additional information, or visit lamar.edu/theatre.

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