Student directors present one acts

Northwestern College directing students will present nine short plays Wednesday, Dec. 5, beginning at 6 p.m., in the Allen Theatre of the DeWitt Theatre Arts Center.

Community members are invited to attend the free event, and to come and go between performances. Start times are approximate.

A Good Night’s Sleep, by Jason Taylor, will be directed by senior Carla Larson at 6 p.m. Audrey, a juror, is caught between competing bribers in this comedic courtroom drama.

At 6:17, senior Vaughn Donahue will direct Checkmate: The Demise of King Saul. Taken from I Samuel 28, the play dramatizes the prediction of Saul’s death by the departed spirit of the prophet.

Junior Margareta DeBoer will direct Susan Glaspell’s Trifles at 6:38. Based on actual events that occurred in Iowa at the turn of the 20th century, Trifles is a murder mystery that explores relationships, power and truth between the sexes.

At 7:09, Skjebne, by Jacob Kempfert, will be directed by senior Kiera Fredericksen. When three disoriented strangers meet at a sidewalk café, simple déjà vu leads to an existential crisis over what distinguishes dreams from reality.

Moliere’s classic Sganarelle or The Imaginary Cuckold, adapted by Tim Mooney, will be directed by junior Jean Punt at 7:25. Lack of communication and assumptions between husband and wife lead to comic accusations and confusion.

Dark Doings at the Crossroads or Who Stole the Salad Dressing, by Arthur Kaser, will take the stage at 8 p.m. Senior Eugene Huck will direct the comedy about a family whose only chance to save their land may be a secret salad dressing recipe.

Kailen Fleck, a senior, will direct Misalliance at 8:12. The George Bernard Shaw play is a comedy about Johnny Tarleton and the spoiled, pompous brat about to marry his sister.

Senior Sarah Hollibaugh will direct a cutting from The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein at 8:43. Feminist Heidi Holland is trying to say goodbye to Peter, who was at one time her best friend, and Peter is not making it easy.

A cutting from Shakespeare’s Hamlet will be directed by junior Hannah Sauerwein at 9 p.m. Three scenes illuminate Hamlet’s growing madness as he fools Polonius and drives Ophelia away.