Bethany College Theatre Presents Days of Plays

BETHANY, W.Va. — The Bethany College Theatre program will hold its second annual Days of Plays April 29-May 2. The event features three student-directed productions presented during a four-day span. Days of Plays also serves as a an opportunity for high school students interested in theater and Bethany College to visit the campus and participate in a variety of workshops with faculty and students.

Bethany’s Directing 2 Class will present “A Night of One Acts” on April 29 at 8 p.m. The evening will include “One Egg,” written by Babette Hughes and directed by second-year Theatre major Patrick McGregor (Westerville, Ohio), and “Babel’s in Arms,” written by David Ives and directed by junior Theatre major Evan Oslund (Oakmont, Pa.). “A Night of One Acts” will show on April 29-May 1 at 8 p.m. and May 2 at 2 p.m. Performances will be held in Wailes Theatre, and admission is free or by donation.

5812oneegg.jpg“One Egg” is a farce about two people brought together by a chance meeting in a restaurant and the complexity of ordering just one egg for breakfast. The cast includes freshman Theatre majors Richard “Twist” Oliver (Chester, W.Va.) and Andrew “Scooby” Ferguson (Brilliant, Ohio.); sophomore Psychology major Amanda Hineman; junior Communication and Social Work major Marissa Perelstine (Pittsburgh, Pa.); and senior Accounting major Doug Davidson (Follansbee, W.Va.). The play’s stage manager is sophomore Theatre major Joey Albus (Beallsville, Ohio).

5699babelsinarms.jpg“Babel’s in Arms” is a comedy about two blue-collar Mesopotamian construction workers who are handed a provocative task: Build the Tower of Babel — or else. Filled with wit, comedy and profanity, “Babel’s in Arms” has been praised as a light-hearted show that conveys a good message. The cast includes freshman Political Science major Ben Lighter (Bowie, Md.), freshman Theatre major Andrew Ferguson (Brilliant, Ohio), freshman Theatre major Alex “Tamsy” Tamsula (Elizabethtown, Pa.), sophomore Psychology major Rebecca Burns, sophomore Accounting major Vanessa Manning (Cameron, W.Va.), senior Physics major Andrew “Buoy” Eskelund (Manassas, Va.) and senior Biology major Stacy Meeks (East Liverpool, Ohio). The play is stage-managed by sophomore Theatre major J. D. Lanzy. (McMurray, Pa.).

2062dogseesdog.jpgAlpha Psi Omega, the National Collegiate Theatre Honorary Society, presents the third production of Days of Plays, “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” by Bert V. Royal and directed by McGregor. The play is loosely based on the Charles Schulz “Peanuts” comic strip, but the names have been changed for copyright purposes. The show features a high school group and its adventures. CB’s beloved beagle has died and he doesn’t know who to turn to for help. Will a rekindled friendship turn into more, or will society’s prejudice continue to drag CB into the depths of his own despair? Drugs, sex, death, violence, eating disorders and teen angst make up this story of growing pains and the struggle to find one’s identity.

The cast includes freshman Theatre major Alina Cross (Weirton, W.Va.), sophomore Theatre major Joey Albus (Beallsville, Ohio), sophomore History and English major Rob Christiansen (Seattle, Wash.), sophomore Theatre major Shawn Holmes (Weirton, W.Va.), sophomore Biology major Megan Oberdoerster (Mentor, Ohio), sophomore Psychology major Bethany Selph (Whiting, N.J.), junior Theatre major Devon Farris (Midland, Pa.), junior Theatre major Evan Oslund (Oakmont, Pa.) and senior Elementary Education major Johnna Valenti (Avella, Pa.). Sophomore Theatre major Tina Rykowski (Weirton, W.Va.) is the stage manager for the production.

“Dog Sees God” opens May 1 at 2 p.m. in Wailes Theater at Steinman Hall and closes May 2 at 8 p.m. These two showings will have a $3 admission charge. There will also be a special midnight showing on Saturday for the bargain price of $1.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.