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Student directors to present one-acts

JACKSON, Tenn.Dec. 3, 2003 – The Union University Players will present student-directed one-act plays Dec. 4-7 at Union University's W. D. Powell Memorial Theatre.

Plays directed by female directors will be performed on Dec. 4 and 5 while plays directed by male directors will be shown on Dec. 6-7.

"Then...", written by David Compton and directed by Miranda Wallace, will feature Jared New and Bethany Burchyett as the lone survivors at the end of the world. The play tells the story of two people trying to fall in love, but between the paper bags they wear over their head to protect them from radiation sickness and their very different backgrounds, matters are difficult.

Lindsey Young will be directing "The Philadelphia" by David Ives, a comedy where characters are trapped in a twilight zone-like reality. Her show features sophomores Nic Pfost and Andy Morris, and will be introducing freshman Julie Palmer.

Also by David Ives is "Sure Thing," a new twist on the classic story of two strangers meeting in a café. This couple, however, has to make their way through a conversational minefield as a bell interrupts their false starts, gaffes, and faux pas on the way to falling in love. The show features juniors Ashley Mitchell and Josh Hussing and is directed by Jennifer Downing.

In another restaurant comedy, "Landscape with Waitress" by Robert Pine, a nerdy man searches for love in the words of his waitress falling into a place where fantasy and reality mix. Directed by Molly Williams, this show will be starring freshman Bryan Spillman and Rebekah Webster.

Patrick Myers will be directing "Death Knocks," a comedy by Woody Allen in which Death visits a dress manufacturer who tries to strike a deal. The show will be starring Ben Lancaster and introducing freshman April Windsor.

The only student presenting two shows, Daniel Graham will be directing "Note to Self" and "Just Hold Me." "Note to Self" is a comedy by Milly Hicks, Jr., about a desperate librarian looking for a beacon in the office of an overwhelmed accountant. "In Just Hold Me," a comedy by William Mostrosimons, two lovers are trying to have an intimate evening. Both shows are played by freshman Josh Wilkinson and sophomore Jenny Burke.

Nathan Ross will be presenting the farcical story of a proposal going horribly wrong in Anton Checkov's "The Marriage Propsal." It will be starring junior Jeremy Parker, senior Amy Calvert, and freshman Stephen Kennedy.

All shows will begin at 8 p.m. except for the Sunday matinee, which will start at 2 p.m. Tickets are $2 for one night or $3 to attend both nights. Attendees bringing a can of food will receive a one dollar discount.

For more information, contact the Union box office at (731) 661-5105.

By Alaina Kraus

Media contact: Todd Starnes, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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