From Jan. 18 through Jan. 26, 2013, Niagara University Theatre's annual Short Play Festival makes for a fascinating dose of theater - and a great entertainment bargain. Three cycles of 10-minute plays written by various playwrights will be presented over two consecutive weekends.
With comedies, dramas, and everything in between - the debut of 23 student directors produces a smorgasbord of professionally published 10-minute plays. If one production is not to your taste, you only have to wait ten minutes before the next one. (With some plays, adult situations and language may be an appropriate warning to anticipate.)
The Short Play Festival will be on stage in the Leary Theatre within the Elizabeth Ann Clune Center for Theatre, Clet Hall, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18 (cycle A), and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19 (cycle A); on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m. (cycle B), and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20 (cycle B); and at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25 (cycle C), and 2 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 26 (cycle C).
Producing director of the Short Play Festival is Doug Zschiegner, associate professor and associate director of Niagara University Theatre. Production manager is theater studies design/technology alumnus Jayson Clark.
Student directors of the productions include: Kelsey M. Anderson, Alexei A. Carstensen, Ashley Marie DeMar, Kathleen Denecke, Greggory Gansworth, Alex Garcia, Bobby Hall, Leacel Hillenbrand, Kendyl Litwiller, Nathan Andrew Miller, Amy Mings, Tony Rajewski, Glenna Rankin, Steph Schmidt, Christina Secola, Michael Sheridan, Alissa Sumerano, Patrick J. Tighe, Dan Urtz, Stephanie M. Valliere, Richard Vogt, Stephanie Wattie and Nicole Weintraub. The students hail from all over New York state and Massachusetts.