U of O students to direct one-acts on Feb. 12-13

Release Date: 2/3/2009

Clarksville, Ark. --- University of the Ozarks theatre students Grace Anne Harnish, Annie Mitchell and Phillip Perez will each direct one-act performances on Feb. 12 and 13 in the Seay Theatre on the U of O campus.

The performances will begin at 7:30 each day. Admission is $8 for the public and $6 for senior citizens, and seating is limited. The three student directors are presenting the plays as partial fulfillment of the advanced directing class requirements. Each plays last about 25 minutes.

Harnish, a senior theatre major from West Fork, Ark., will direct Words, Words, Words by David Ives. The play recalls the philosophical adage that three monkeys typing into infinity will sooner or later produce Hamlet and asks the question “What would the monkeys talk about at their typewriters?” The cast includes Joshua Ryan Tarvin, Chip Robison and Rebecca Arnold.

Mitchell, a senior threate major from Yellville, Ark., will direct Foreplay, or the Art of Fugue by Ives. The play tells the story of Chuck, a would-be Don Juan in three rounds of seduction with different women on a miniature golf course. The cast includes Justin Hughes, Brigitte Bridoux, Andrew Heim, Kalea Bennett, Martin Morales and Jordyn Campbell.

Perez, a senior theatre major from Fort Worth, Texas, will direct Christopher Durang’s For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls, a hilarious parody of the classic Tennessee Williams play The Glass Menagerie. The cast includes Jacqueline Jurcik, Travis Perusich, Brandon Heard and Lindsey Humphries.

The crew for all three productions will include Huston Hall as light board operator; Catalina Ruiz as sound board operator, Danielle Stover as stage manager; Erin Fuller as box office manager; Jena Moreau as house manager; Professor Bruce B. Brown as technical director; Professor Pat Farmer as class instructor; and Lissa Malcom, Harnish, Perez and Alex Chandler as stage crew ushers.