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Students Present “An Evening of One-Act Plays” at Dana Center

February 04, 2015

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
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One-Act Plays by The Abbey Players Saint Anselm CollegeOpening on Thursday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m., Saint Anselm College student theatre group, The Anselmian Abbey Players, present "An Evening of One-Act Plays" at the Dana Center. Performances will be held on Feb. 5, 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m.

This year's One Acts features include "Anatomy of Gray," "Cans of Yams," and "Daniels."

"Anatomy of Gray" is set in Gray, Ind., where Dr. Galen P. Gray makes a crash landing in his hot air balloon. The town's uneducated citizens misguidedly look up to Dr. Gray, with often hilarious results. "Anatomy of Gray" by Jim Leonard is directed by first-year student Michael Costa of Milford, Mass.

"The Can of Yams" features struggling painter, Alan Plum, as he attempts to finish his masterpiece: a still life of a can of yams. When gallery owner Heather Lyme announces a visit to Alan's studio, his insecurities rise to the surface, and an artistic crisis erupts around the incomplete work. Saint Anselm College junior Kyle Lefebvre of Nashua N.H., and first-year Kate Dugas of Chelmsford, Mass., co-directed this play by Jonathan Caws-Elwitt.

"Daniels," follows Kate, a high school student battling depression, as she contemplates the meaning of her life. The play is written and co-directed by sophomore Rebecca Hurd of Freeport, Maine, with sophomore Erin Schuster of Sudbury, Mass.

The three productions involve more than 30 Saint Anselm students, with casts ranging from four to nine students.

The One-Act Play Festival is a longstanding, Abbey Player tradition that began in 1983. In its 65-year history, the Abbey Players have performed more than 200 plays and musicals. They've presented Anything Goes and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forumthree times each, and five full-scale Shakespeare productions. Read more about their history.

Tickets are $7 for adults, seniors, children, and New Hampshire college students. For additional information, visit the Dana Center website.

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