THE COLLEGE PLAYS PLAY QUEENS COLLEGE
-- World Premiere October 21 for Nine One-Act Plays with Shared College Theme --
FLUSHING, NY, October 13 -- When The College Plays premieres October 21, audiences will be treated to a dramatic concept that has enjoyed great success for director Susan Einhorn, chair of Queens College’s Department of Drama, Theatre & Dance, in previous productions mounted Off-Broadway.
Each of the nine, short, one-act plays takes place in the same setting, a college campus. The idea of groups of short plays sharing the same setting first arose at the HB Playwrights Theatre in Greenwich Village, where Einhorn, a member, directed The Funeral Plays, The Hospital Plays, The Beach Plays, The Subway Plays, and, this past year, The Wedding Plays.
Einhorn has produced 19 shows in her 22 years at Queens College. “All of the plays in this festival are world premieres I commissioned--a first for me here,” she notes.
“I told the writers that each play had to be short, somewhere in the neighborhood of ten minutes, and each had to be set on a college campus–anywhere, anytime. Those were the only requirements.”
Four writers—Liz Bartucci, Emily Bloch, Regina Corrado, and Drew Sachs—are Queens alumni. Another, Ira Hauptman, is Queens College’s resident playwright. A diverse group in terms of age, gender and ethnicity, all—with the exception of Bloch—are seasoned professionals with whom Einhorn has previously collaborated, some as students and some as colleagues. Bloch’s play “The Warmup,” written while a student in Hauptman’s playwriting class, so impressed Einhorn that it is being presented virtually unchanged from its original draft. Bloch graduated last year.
The cast is drawn entirely from an ensemble of 12 to 14 actors who will be playing all the roles. An unusual stage configuration will place the audience on two sides of the stage with actors performing almost as if working in the round. “It’s a lot of fun for the audience, and it’s a great challenge for our actors,” says Einhorn.
Three of the plays are set at Queens College, and many of the characters are college students. “But,” says Einhorn, “we also have a faculty meeting in a play called ‘The Search Committee.’ It’s a comic look at how faculty sit around a conference table and decide who they’re going to hire. Another play is set in the 1970s at the beginning of the AIDS crisis.”
The College Plays will be presented Oct. 21-24 and 28- 31 in the Performance Space, M11, Rathaus Hall. Performance times: Thursday, 7 pm; Friday and Saturday, 8 pm; Sunday, 3 pm. For tickets, priced at $13/$10 for seniors, call 718-997-2788.
For directions to Queens College, please visit: http://www.qc.edu/directions/