A series of short productions, featuring plays written, directed, and performed by Emporia State students will be performed at 2 p.m. this Saturday in the Fredrickson Theater, Roosevelt Hall. The show is free and open to the public.
“We take about a month to write the 10-minute play,” Kevin Rabas, chair of English, modern languages and journalism, said. “Along the way, we gather in small groups in class and give praise, ask questions, and offer tips.”
The plays were all written this semester during the play writing class Rabas teaches.
“The event is hosted by Dr. Kevin Rabas,” said Dustin Bittel, senior theater major. “The playwrights have the option to direct or perform in their work (and) others work but we rely largely on volunteers when it comes to performers. In order for us to have our play be performed (or) shown we need to either bring in our own actors or hope there will be enough.”
Bittel will have an original 1-minute play performed called “Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes.” There will be three other 1-minute plays and five 10-minute plays.
“We do a number of writing exercises and activities to help get everyone writing. One exercise (is called) ‘Struggle Over an Object,’” Rabas said. “This exercise helps to remind students that plays are not dialogue alone, but action, as well.”
Play writing is different from other forms of creative writing because it relies more heavily on dialogue, according to Bittel.
“For about half of the class, this is the first time they’ve written for the stage,” Bittel said. “It’s exciting to see the students break new ground and begin to learn how to write for the theater.”
Gaining and keeping the audience’s attention is the most important aspect to think about when writing plays, according to Bittel.
“It's always great fun to see these short theater pieces come together in such a brief period of time,” Hart said. “I hope a lot of people will come out to see the show on Sunday.”