Got Shorts? Students produce night of one-act plays

January 27, 2009

Shorts, an evening of one-act plays produced entirely by Penn State Altoona students, kicks off Thursday, Feb. 5 in the Paul R. and Margery Wolf Kuhn Theatre of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday.

Two of the three one-act plays were written by senior English major Mallorie Halsall. The plays, Bus Stop and Waking, will be directed by fellow senior integrative arts major Olivia Parry. This is the pair's senior project and final presentation. Halsall has appeared in numerous productions during her college career and, this spring, will create the film role of Dana in a new independent film by David-Matthew Barnes, emerging writer in residence at Penn State Atloona. Parry’s credits include Bella in Big Love, Alma in Summer and Smoke, Babs Hargreaves in Chase Me, Comrade!, and Anna Karenina in What About Frou-Frou? Both students have been recognized for their excellence in acting by the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival.

The third play, Jillian, or If August Strindberg and Tennessee Williams Had a Love-Child, was written by theatre faculty member Robin Reese and will be directed by sophomore Marina Johnson. Johnson double majors in English and secondary education. Her credits include Clitandre in The Learned Ladies, Ellen in Two Rooms, Nancy in Chase Me, Comrade! and Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. She was also assistant director for Summer and Smoke.

These plays are not suitable for children because of adult themes and language. Tickets are $5 for Penn State students and $7 for regular admission and are available 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and before and during all performances at the Box Office. Telephone reservations may be made by calling the Box Office at 814-949-5452. The Paul R. and Margery Wolf Kuhn Theatre is handicapped accessible and open to the public. For further information, call the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts or visit the Center Web site at


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Last Updated March 19, 2009