SUNY Potsdam One-Act Plays Open Lougheed Festival of the Arts


Christian Einstman (left) and Kristy Allen perform a scene from “This Property is Condemned” by Tennessee Williams, part of Program C in the one-act plays opening the Lougheed Festival of the Arts this week at SUNY Potsdam.

SUNY Potsdam will present student productions of six one-act plays starting this week, as part of the College’s 43rd annual celebration of short dramatic works. The one-act plays will open the 2013 Lougheed Festival of the Arts, which starts Wednesday, April 24 and lasts until Sunday, May 5.

Sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Theatre Guild, the productions will feature three different programs of two one-act plays each, playing from April 24 to April 29. More than 65 students are involved in the one-act plays as performers, directors, stage managers, designers, technical crews and more. All performances are in the Black Box Theater, located in Satterlee Hall. The one-act plays are free and open to the public.

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About Program A:

Program A features two comedies by America’s premier comic playwrights: “The Dinner Party” by Neil Simon and “Foreplay or the Art of the Fugue” by David Ives. Both plays, which are directed by Arial Bauer and Alyssa Blodgett, explore the comic moments couples find themselves in at the end and beginning of relationships. Program A opens on Wednesday, April 24 at 9 p.m. and continues on Thursday, April 25 at 9 p.m. and ends on Sunday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m.

About Program B:

Program B starts with “A Number” by the British award-winning playwright Caryl Churchill, directed by senior Theatre major Jordan Funk. The second play is “Tainted Love” by Walter Wykes, directed by senior theatre major Derrick Gidden.  Both plays take place in the future, when technology allows us to create new ways of creating ourselves and understanding the dire consequences of our actions. Program B opens on Wednesday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. and continues on Saturday, April 27 at 9 p.m. and concludes on Monday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m.

About Program C:

Program C features two productions by acclaimed American playwright Tennessee Williams, on the 30th anniversary of his death. “Suddenly Last Summer,” which was written 55 years ago, is directed by junior theatre major Jason Francey, and “This Property is Condemned” is directed by senior theatre education major Mackenzie Barmen. The plays are classic examples of Williams’ lifelong dramatic exploration of sexuality and the loss of innocence. Program C opens on Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. and continues on Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m. and wraps up on Monday, April 29 at 9 p.m.

To learn more about the many productions offered throughout the year through SUNY Potsdam’s Department of Theatre and Dance, visit

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