Students showcase talents in One Act Festival

April 24, 2013

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts and the Pioneer Players will conclude their current theatre season with the annual “One Act Festival: An Evening of Short Plays.” The production opens on Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. and continues with evening performances on Friday and Saturday, May 3-4 at 7:30 p.m. All performances will be held in the Center for the Arts Theatre, located on the UW-Platteville campus. 

This year's One Act Festival showcases the work of five student directors, all of whom are theatre majors: Pearl Balch, Bob Briggs, Kim Cordova, Jarrod Diehm and Allen Sveom. The student directors learn how to guide and translate their ideas effectively to actors and compose imaginative, evocative stage pictures.

The plays being presented this year are “Dialogue” by Stewart Boston, “The Fairy Garden” by Harry Kondoleon, “One for the Road” by Harold Pinter, “Stage Kiss” by Michael R. Kramer and “Sure Thing” by David Ives. The plays will also highlight the talents of 15 actors: Austin Baeten, Emily Cooksey, Emily Cushing, Trent Cybela, Cody Ellis, Elliott Frieden, Bridget Kelly, Karissa Kieler, Rachel Kulack, Rachael Lester, John O’Sullivan IV, DeVante Shaw, Lydianne Trush and Dakota Vaassen.

In addition to the directors and actors, the festival includes theatre major Grayson Basina as stage manager, theatre minor Steve Owings as technical director and theatre major Lucas Pawelski as lighting designer. 

While many of the students involved have participated in past UW-Platteville productions, there are many new faces as well. 

“This festival is truly a student-driven production,” said Ann Dillon Farrelly, associate professor of theatre.  “While David Schuler, associate professor of theatre, and I supervise the students throughout the process, this production is an opportunity for them to apply what they have learned in all aspects of theatre.  “It tests their abilities to mount a production from start to finish.” 

Schuler added, “It gives us a chance to really gauge what they are learning.  We take a more ‘hands off’ approach to make sure our students can put the principles and theories they learn in the classroom into practice.” 

From the sublime to the ridiculous, from comedy to drama, this year’s slate of short plays has something for everyone. The production is recommended for mature audiences. 

Tickets are available at the University Box Office in Ullsvik Hall. Tickets may also be purchased over the phone at (608) 342-1298 or online at Ticket prices are $9 for adults, $8 for UW-Platteville faculty, staff and seniors, and $5 for current Platteville students with a valid ID or anyone under 18.

For more information, contact Schuler at (608) 342-1198 or

Written by: David Schuler, associate professor of theatre, (608) 342-1198,

Formatted by: Eileen McGuine, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,


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