One-act festival gears up with auditions
Bowdoin's student-run theater group Masque and Gown holds its annual
One Acts February 14-16, 8 p.m. at Wish Theater. The three plays, all
written by students, were selected to be performed by the Masque and Gowns
Board from ten to fifteen submissions.
Auditions are today from 2 to 5 for the One Acts, as well as two other
Masque and Gown shows, "Baal," directed by Ian LeClair, and
"Stagepins," directed by Allie Lindel.
"In accordance with Masque and Gown tradition, we have a few off
the wall pieces for people to see," said One Acts coordinator Jennifer
"Lab Rats/Eddy and the Chimp Child" is written by James Nachbaur
and directed by Selena McMahan. "It's about trying to find a way
out of being stuck," said McMahan. "A college student working
in a lab finds himself in the middle of a breeding experiment to increase
the population of Kenyan chimpanzees. While doing his job he falls in
love with C - the most desirable and intriguing of the lab's three chimps.
The story unfolds from there."
""That. Exactly That." was submitted by an A. Nonymous,
and is a mercurial investigation of the artistic process," said director
Jay Stull. "To give more away now would ruin the surprises in store
for venturesome attendees. I will say however that directing a script
like this is such a thrill! I just wish I could find the bard and shake
his/her hand. "Nonymous," sadly, is not listed in the directory."
According to Ogborne, the show has always consisted of plays selected
from submissions by students and students only, and the performances are
less formal than standard shows. "They're always planned as works
in progress," she said. The shows are funded from donations by a
Masque and Gown alumnus. The audience votes to choose the best of the
shows at the One Acts competition.
Tickets are $1.
Masque and Gown will put on the musical "Hair" this spring.
Auditions are this Sunday from 1 to 5, and Monday and Tuesday from 4 to
6. Interested parties can sign up the Smith Union and prepare a song.
Ogborne urges aspiring playwrights to start writing now. "We always have One Acts."