The Student Productions Association’ “Playwright’s Showcase 2015,” opened at the Blue Door Theater, Building 6, on Thursday, Feb 12. The show will also be performed on Friday, Feb 13, Saturday, Feb 14 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, Feb 15 at 2:00 p.m.
From beginning to end, the four short plays of the showcase are productions by current and former Lane students: the playwrights, directors, actors, makeup artists, costume, set and lighting designers and production and stage managers are all from LCC.
“It’s a rare opportunity for a student to get to direct a play and even more rare for a student to have a play they wrote produced in a full production,” Lead theater faculty and showcase adviser Dr. Brian Haimbach said. “I’m psyched that producing new student works is such an important part of the theatre program at Lane. It really gives a total theatre experience to our students.”
Playwright Aaron Smart said about the production of his play “Therapists for a Day” that it’s an exciting educational experience having his play produced. “It’s given me the chance to work on things I wouldn’t otherwise be able to do,” he said. “There’s only so much you can do, when it’s just words on paper.”
“Therapist for a Day” director Philip Hawkins, said that the production has come together very well. “I’m very lucky to have the cast that I have,” he said. “It’s almost as if the parts were written for them.”
Audience members are being asked to give their feedback after each performance. The playwrights are Marla Norton, Penny Scott, Aaron Smart and Tim O’Donnell. The directors are Philip Hawkins, Taylor Freeman, Anna Parks, and Eric Osborne.
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Editor’s note: Torch Editor-in-Chief Penny Scott wrote one of the plays for the Playwright’s Showcase.