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Showcase - IE and One Act Performances

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 @ 6:30PM

Dark, no sugar

by Warren Leight

Directed by Dr. Chad Cornwell

"Marvelously original…rife with social and political satire." —Time Out NY. "A delicious spoofing of trivial urban concerns [with] a very potent sting in its narrative tale." —Chicago Tribune. "Delicious." —NY Daily News. "Enjoyably sour." —NY Times.

This year, Newsome's One Act tackles contemporary society from three unique perspectives in Tony Award-winning playwright Warren Leight's Dark, No Sugar.  The cast explores how perspectives can change in an instant in NINE-TEN.  A pool of prospective jurors grumble about their plight on the day before 9/11. In a world where"fake news" has become the norm, FEAR NETWORK NEWS boasts the tagline, "You give us five minutes, we'll scare the bejeezus out of you!".  Wrapping up the trio is PAY-PER-KILL, in which a killer's execution is televised on pay-per-view, TV (not on our stage).

Newsome's One Act is designed to engage the cast and audience in rigorous and significant discussions about the surrounding world.  Producing theatre, written as a one act plays, by significant literary playwrights, we ask the cast and crew to explore ideas as they would in an AP Language or AP Literature course, applying their learning from English, literature, history, science, and math classes in a theatrical setting.

The One Act is adjudicated by theatre professionals at the Florida Theatre Conference in Gainesville and at the Hillsborough County District 9 One Act Festival at the University of South Florida.  Additionally, clinicians from local community and professional theatre companies and universities are invited in to work with the cast and crew in an educational collaboration.