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Department ofTheatre and Dance

Winter One Act Festival

Faculty Advisor: Jeffrey Bracco

Fess Parker Studio Theatre

February 16–17, 2019

 

Directed and acted by our talented theatre students, these eclectic theatrical gems take you on a journey across characters and genres.

Directed by Susanna Calhoun

INTERIOR: PANIC (A One-Act Play)
By Tennessee Williams

Mental illness has always been complex and misunderstood by many. In the 1940’s, the stigma, limited understanding of and limited treatments for mental illness were greater than today. Many who acted out emotionally, particularly women, were told they had "hysteria," and their uncontrollable and exaggerated emotions perceived as "madness." The lines between expression of strong emotions and pathological mental illness are often blurred. Interior: Panic explores a woman’s experience with psychosis. The visceral nature of psychosis is experienced as an alternate version of consensus reality. Blanche navigates through her mental state and her relationships as she attempts to cling to "normalcy" and as her sister slowly realizes the severity of what Blanche is struggling with. Interior: Panic examines themes of suppression, loyalty, fear, sexuality, family dynamics, and state of mind.

A special thanks to Jeff, the SCU Theatre Department, my family and friends for being so supportive and the entire cast
and crew for putting their heart into this piece.

“Interior: Panic (A One-Act Play)” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Directed by Kylie Joerger

A KIND OF ALASKA
By Harold Pinter

A Kind of Alaska tells the story of Deborah. She is sixteen when she falls ill with Encephalitis Lethargica, and collapses into a coma. She remains trapped in corridors of glass walls and the sound of a dripping tap for twenty nine years. The play begins as she awakens and tries to make sense of her new and strange world. I am passionate about this play because it explores humanity if humanity has been suppressed, and life if life has been taken away from us. It is in the stillness that we allow ourselves to think, so I invite you to process this world with Deborah as she struggles for comprehension.

A special thanks to this incredible department which has shaped me into the artist I am today. To Jeff for the encouragement and guidance in directing and to my family and friends for their constant love and support on this journey.

“A Kind of Alaska” is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc., New York