One Act Festival to conclude theatre season

April 22, 2015
One Act Festival

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts-Theatre and the Pioneer Players will soon conclude their current theatre season with the One Act Festival: An Evening of Short Plays.

The production, recommended for mature audiences, opens on Thursday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. and continues with performances on Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. All performances will be held in the Center for the Arts Theatre at UW-Platteville.

This year's One Act Festival is a collaboration between the program’s student and faculty directors. Dr. Ann Dillon Farrelly and Dr. David Schuler, both associate professors of theatre at UW-Platteville, will be joined by Laura Horstmann and Amanda Nerby, senior theatre majors at UW-Platteville.

“Student directors learn, through production, how to guide and translate their ideas effectively to actors and designers and compose imaginative, evocative stage pictures,” said Farrelly.

The plays being presented this year are “Carmen Dick: Feminist Private Eye,” by Brian E. Rochlin; “Landscape,” by Harold Pinter; “Our Little Angel,” by Steven Korbar; and “Purgatory,” by William Butler Yeats.

The plays will highlight the talents of 11 actors, including Michael Ababio, Sunshine Marie Balch, Emily Cooksey, Elliott Frieden, Rachael Lester, Mitchell Losey, Viviana Pereyra, Joshua Rudesill, Carl Spangler, Emma Wilson and Cody Wisman.

There will also be a collaborative performance piece, developed by the students in the theatre program’s movement class and the art program’s 3D Design class. Students Grayson Basina, Clark Cybart-Fuson, Charles Gilbert, Nathan Kirschbaum and Josh Lawyer will act as lighting designers for the individual plays.

“While many of the students involved have participated in past UW-Platteville productions, there are many new faces as well,” said Schuler. “From the sublime to the ridiculous, from comedy to drama, this year’s slate of short plays has something for everyone.”

Tickets may be purchased at the University Box Office in Ullsvik Hall, online at or by calling 608-342-1298. Ticket prices are $11 for adults, $10 for UW-Platteville faculty and staff and seniors, and $6 for current UW-Platteville students with a valid ID or anyone under 18. For more information, contact Schuler at 608-342-1198 or

As UW-Platteville pursues its vision of being recognized as the leading student-focused university for its success in achieving excellence, creating opportunities and empowering each individual, it is guided by four strategic planning priorities. The One Act Festival aligns with three of the priorities, including providing an outstanding education, fostering a community of achievement and respect and enriching the tri-state region. 

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,


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