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School of Theatre and Dance students direct their own love scenes for Corner Theatre play

April 8, 2011

Photo of a heart-shaped chocolate in red foilStudents will take their turn in the director’s chair when the NIU School of Theatre and Dance presents “Love Scenes,” its next Studio Series production.

The show will be performed from Thursday, April 14, through Sunday, April 17, in the Stevens Building Corner Theatre.

“Love Scenes” will consist of four short plays revolving around the theme of love. The plays are being directed by three BA in theatre studies students; seniors Ellen DeSitter and Sarah Gordon and junior Cara Fella. 

The performances will be the culmination of a directing course taught by School of Theatre and Dance faculty member Patricia Ridge. However, the students are entirely in control of their projects from selecting the script to running rehearsals.

“Most of us are playing multiple roles,” DeSitter says, “including directing, costumes, props; but we are all so excited for it to go up.”

DeSitter is directing a piece titled, “Helpless Doorknobs,” written by macabre children’s book author and illustrator Edward Gorey. Working from an unconventional script, consisting of a single page of stage direction, DeSitter says of her piece, “I want people to be intrigued, to look forward to something different.”

The second of the longer pieces, “Regency Romance,” by G.L. Horton, is being directed by Gordon. A more conventional play, “Regency Romance” tells the story of two women imagining their lives around a dashing romance hero. 

“Love Scenes” will be rounded out by two 10-minute plays directed by Fella: “A Bowl of Soup,” by Eric Lane, tells the story of a brother trying to console his younger brother after the death of his lover; “Ferris Wheel,” by Mary Miller, sees two strangers trapped together on a stuck Ferris wheel.

“Love Scenes” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5 and can only be purchased on the night of the show. Tickets go on sale one hour prior to show time at the box office in the lobby of the Stevens Building.

For further information, contact the box office at (815) 753-1600.