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Drama Club to Perform One-Act Plays, “All in the Timing”

11/17/2011 —

Penn State York’s Drama Club takes to the stage for David Ives’ popular and critically acclaimed collection of one-act plays, “All in the Timing.” The performances are set for Thursday and Friday, Dec. 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. in the campus’ Pullo Family Performing Arts Center. The performances are free to all Penn State students with ID and $5 to others. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

“All in the Timing” has been celebrated for its comic ingenuity, for its ability to explore and challenge conventional views of language, time, history, and drama. According to “The New York Times,” Ives is “wizardly…magical and funny…a master of language.” “Time” magazine writes that Ives’ work “aerobicizes the brain and tickles the heart…Ives is a mordant comic who has put the play back in playwright.”

The five plays to be performed are “Sure Thing,” “The Philadelphia,” “Variations on the Death of Trotsky,” “Arabian Night,” and “The Universal Language.” Members of the cast are Penn State York students and Drama Club members.

“Sure Thing” is a contemporary comedy about two people who meet in a cafe and find their way through a conversational minefield as an offstage bell interrupts their false starts, gaffes, and faux pas on the way to falling in love. The cast features Adam Sontag portraying Bill and Margaret Kramer as Betty. The director is Josie Moore, instructor in communication arts and sciences at the campus.

In “The Philadelphia,” a young man in a restaurant who has fallen into "a Philadelphia," a “Twilight Zone”-like state in which he cannot get anything he asks for. His only way out of the dilemma is to ask for the opposite of what he wants. Characters are Al, played by Jacob Brown; Marcus, played byTyler Stonesifer; and the waitress, played by Caitlyn Hughes. The play is directed by Ivana Greene, a Penn State York student.

“Death of Trotsky” fictionalizes the death of Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky on the day of his demise as he desperately tries to cope with the mountain climber's ax he's discovered in his head. The cast includes Joseph Dickerson as Trotsky, Jenn Montooth as Mrs. Trotsky, and Julius Ludena as Manuel. The play is directed by Stuart Stelly, Ph.D., instructor in English at Penn State York and adviser for the Drama Club.

In “Arabian Nights,” Norman, who is considered completely normal, walks into a shop owned by utterly ordinary Flora, looking for a souvenir of his travels and together they find whirlwind romance, spurred on by a wacky translator. The cast includes Fabiola Miranda as the interpreter, Joe Lombardi as Norman, and Hannah Barlow as Florida. The play is directed by Josie Moore.

“The Universal Language” brings together Dawn, a young woman with a stutter, and Don, the creator and teacher of Unamunda, a wild comic language. Their lesson sends them off into a dazzling display of hysterical verbal pyrotechnics, and of course true love. Adam Sontag plays Don and Jasmine Graham is Dawn. The play is directed by Stuart Stelly.

For more information on the plays or the Penn State York Drama Club, please contact Stuart Stelly at (717) 771-4185 or tss11@psu.edu.

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