UMF presents student-directed one-act play festival

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FARMINGTON — A student-directed, One-Act Play Festival will be presented by the University of Maine at Farmington from April 6-11, at the UMF Alumni Theater. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for students and $4 for seniors and are available at the time of the performance.

“A Cup of Tea” by Florence Ryerson

Directed by James Cummons

7:30 p.m., April 6, 8, 10

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This comedy takes place in the home of Jane and Wilfort Weddell. When Wilfort is caught having an affair with his new lover, Azalea, her husband threatens to shoot him. Azalea tries to prevent this tragedy while Jane shows little worry in the matter.

“Postponing the Heat Death of the Universe” by Stephen Gregg

Directed by Ben Gray

7:30 p.m., April 6, 8, 10

Nick has just lost out on a prestigious award and has gone to sulk in his room. Jackie (the winner of the contest) has come to visit Nick to congratulate him on his efforts in the contest and finds him lying motionless on his bed. He claims to be saving the universe by postponing chaos.

“Compulsion” by John Patrick

Directed by Jade Wells

7:30 p.m., April 6, 8, 10

This play is about a young married couple whose marriage bliss is tainted by one comical difference. Scotty will do anything to keep his wife from leaving him, and goes to great creative length to make her understand how much he wants her to stay.

“Madness Therapy” by Ben Gary

Directed by Kenneth Lamb

7:30 p.m., April 7, 9

2 p.m., April 11

Institutionalized super-villains unite for a group therapy session where they share their stories of defeat and humiliation at the hands of a common foe, Captain Justice. The gloves (and masks) are off as these villains tell their tales, and those still clinging to their sanity realize that a mind is a terrible thing to lose.

“Oedi” by Rich Orloff

Directed by Tim Englert

7:30 p.m., April 7, 9

2 p.m., April 11

Oedi is a parody of the famous Greek Tragedy, Oedipus Rex, who has has promised the people of Thebes he will find the murderer of their previous King, Laius. Through a double twist of fate, Oedipus discovers he is not only the murderer but has unknowingly married his mother. Is there any way to solve his problems without plucking out his eyes?

“Boiling People in My Coffee” by Jonathan Yukich

Directed by Drew McLain

7:30 p.m., April 7, 9

2 p.m., April 11

This black comedy is about a couple whose teenage son has died and unable to face the reality, keep digging him up and bringing him home. This distortion of reality also causes them to witness communities of people suffering at their hands.

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