Dordt College News

One act plays offer contrasting styles, themes

November 19, 2003

Five plays, five themes and styles.

The Dordt College Theater Arts Directing Class will blend an assortment of one-act plays for an entertaining evening of theater on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., the one acts will be presented at the New World Theater, located in the Dordt College Classroom Building on the southwest corner of the campus.

“Helpless Doorknobs” is described as “funny, yet challenging” by director Ethan Koerner, who says the minimal dialogue relies on the imaginations of the audience.

“Memorial Day” is the story of two over-protective parents who keep their son from going to war. According to director Paul Olsen, it presents the deep issues of war, parenting and marriage in a comical way.

“Stage Directions” is a non-traditional play directed by the non-traditional Jack Maatman. It emphasizes family life, and focuses on those who are left after people die.

“Chinamen” is a fast-paced, door-slamming, costume-changing farce directed by Jonathan Horling.

“Gift of the Magi” rounds out the evening of theater, with a “feel-good” Christmas theme. Directed by Jolene Dykstra, she selected it because it was her mom’s favorite short story.

Admission is either $1 plus a donated non-perishable food item for the local food bank; or $2, with the second dollar also being donated to the food bank. Limited seating is available, so reservations are recommended by calling the box office at 712-722-6430.

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