Lycoming College Theatre Department presents showcase of one-act plays

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The Lycoming College Theatre Department will present a showcase of student-directed one-act plays featuring “A Game” by Dennis E. Noble, directed by junior Sarah Beddingfield, and “The Magic Tower” by Tennessee Williams, directed by sophomore Nigel Semaj Barnes. The performances will be held Feb. 21-22 in the Dragon’s Lair Theatre, Academic Center, at 8 p.m. They are free and open to the public; no ticket required.

Noble’s “A Game” is a humorous and deadly one-act that highlights society’s obsession with nationalism. The rules of the game are simple: The room is divided into three separate but equal sections, each participant must stay in their section, and when a light comes on they must recite the words, “This is my land, it is mine. It is beautiful and it is mine.” What begins as an experiment in “mind-warping through participatory sloganism” soon transforms into a lethal battle between three “participants.” Noble asks the audience to consider, “What importance do I attach to something just because it is mine?”

In Williams’ “The Magic Tower,” Linda and Jim live an extremely modest life on Jim’s minimal earnings as a young artist, yet the love they share has the power to transform their tiny, dismal studio apartment into a “magic tower” safe from the harsh realities of the world. One night, however, when Jim leaves to court a self-deemed “Christopher Columbus of modern art” at the Waldorf Hotel, Linda remains in the “tower” alone, and the inevitable realities rush in. Although Linda believes that her marriage to Jim has made her completely happy for the first and only time in her life, visits from a caustic landlady and two friends from her former life as a vaudeville actress, combined with Jim’s gloomy exhaustion upon his return home, begin to pull the magic tower doggedly down to earth.

The Dragon’s Lair Theatre, a flexible, black-box theatre space, has been home to a variety of student-produced shows, including “Fuddy Meers,” “Private Eyes” and “Butterflies Are Free.”

Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit www.lycoming.edu.