El Camino College to Present Student-Directed “One-Act Plays”
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El Camino College to Present Student-Directed “One-Act Plays”

Student actors and directors will present an evening of one-act plays at 1 p.m. Oct. 11 and 8 p.m. Oct. 12-13 in the Campus Theatre. The annual Student One-Act Plays feature an exciting and diverse range of student-directed and student-acted productions. Four works will be presented: 

“No More, Mr. Nice Guy” by Jonathan Rand, directed by Alexa Ahn. Meet Sheldon Grimes, the nicest guy in town. Unfortunately for Sheldon, in this town, being a nice guy is prohibited by law. But after a crash course from a pair of local police detectives and a very special specialist, Sheldon might just learn to be a jerk fast enough to stay out of prison. 

“Another Beautiful Story” by John Clancy, directed by Kellen Slattery. The Narrator stands center stage. But before anything is revealed, he falls over, dead. Enter Artsy Guy, Lead Actress, and Fourth Character who attempt to take over where the Narrator left off. This is a play about the idea of "meta" in the theater and whether a play can have meaning if the story is never told. 

“This is a Test” by Stephen Gregg, directed by Claire Griswold. As the ticking clock reminds you, only 60 minutes remain to complete this oh-so-important predictor of your future. But you didn't get the review sheets, the teacher doesn't like you, and your classmates are blatantly cheating. Time passes and the voices in your head remind you that though you are having trouble with the test, your personal life is far, far worse. Then you reach the essay question. The good news—it's an opinion essay. The bad news—it's in Chinese. And things aren't going to get better! 

“’Twas Brillig” by Frank D. Gilroy, directed by Blessing Oluwole. A writer's bungalow at a major film studio in Hollywood is the setting. Bob is new in the office and Edna is his secretary who sets him straight. She does her crossword puzzles, unless needed. Mr. Vogel, an eccentric old man, and the boss drive Bob into a game of nonsense, demanding to know from him what the capital of the United States is. 

Student actors, directors and playwrights who have participated in previous Student One-Act Plays have been recognized for “outstanding achievement” by judges of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. El Camino College theater professor Ron Scarlata is the faculty adviser for the Student One-Act Plays. 

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online at centerforthearts.org using the online ticketing system, or by phone at 800-832-ARTS. The Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Campus parking is $3. The Campus Theatre is located at 16007 Crenshaw Boulevard, Torrance.

September 26, 2018