Wesleyan Kicks Off Student Director Festivals

Nebraska Wesleyan students will have their opportunity to direct several upcoming shows as part of the first-time director and advanced student director festivals.

 The first-time director festival will be held November 19-20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Studio, located at 2710 N. 48th Street, just west of campus. Admission to these shows is $5. The following productions will be performed:

The Actor’s Nightmare: See what happens to George when he walks into a theater and is mistaken for the understudy of an actor that has been in a car accident. Follow George as he wonders through many different plays meeting many interesting characters on the way an ending that will blow you away.

California Suite: Visitors from Chicago: Based on Neil Simon’s own experience, two couples, Mort and Beth Hollender and Stu and Gert Franklyn, who thought they were best friends, decide to take a vacation together in Beverly Hills, Calif. But when Beth is hurt during an intense match of tennis, Mort accuses Stu of doing it on purpose. Things unravel quickly from there, and the peaceful vacation everyone had planned on becomes a vicious war between couples.

F.M.: Constance is a moderately successful writer who has begun teaching a night class at a small university. Although the class only has three students enrolled, Constance already has fears of it being a long semester. Then a man named Buford Bullough arrives 10 minutes late and brings with him a story that has Constance at the edge of her seat and his classmates gagging in theirs.

BAKE-OFF: A battle-of-the-sexes show down takes place at the Pillsbury Bake-Off the year after a man, for the first time in bake-off history, wins the million dollar prize.

The following is a list of the advanced student directors shows. Shows will run November 12 through December 9 and will be held in Miller Theatre, 51st Street and Huntington Ave. Admission is $5.

November 12-14, 7:30 p.m.
Eleemosynary: The play probes into the delicate relationship of three women: the grandmother, Dorothea, who has sought to assert her independence through strong-willed eccentricity; her brilliant daughter, Artie, who has fled the stifling domination of her mother; and Artie’s daughter, Echo, a child of exceptional intellect-and sensitivity-whom Artie has abandoned to an upbringing by Dorothea.

November 19-21, 7:30 p.m.; November 22, 2 p.m.
Rabbit Hole: Eight months after the accidental death of their four-year-old son, Becca and Howie are struggling to return to their daily lives. As Becca’s younger, eccentric sister Izzy and their boisterous mother Nat discover their own means of coping, differing styles of grieving throw the family into a clash of reformed realities.

November 30, December 1-2, 7:30 p.m.
Orange Flower: Cathy and David Larson and Beth and Brad Youngquist undergo the radical transformation of their relationship as Beth and David’s simple and platonic relationship blossoms into an adulterous affair. Their journey is showcased through a series of scenes that are intense, heart-breaking, and even heartwarming. Ultimately, relationships are destroyed and rearranged into a fragile but authentic new beginning for all four.

December 7-9, 7:30 p.m. 
5 Women Wearing the Same Dress: Forced into lilac pincushions, five bridesmaids try to avoid the reception of a wedding ceremony by retreating away to an upstairs bedroom. Here they meet each other, talk love, life, friendship, God, sex, take jabs at men and end up discovering themselves and their insecurities as the party progresses outside.