It follows an unhappy couple, [as] the husband had an affair so the wife killed the mistress, who was their maid. The body is now hiding in the basement. It is pretty much them deciding what they are going to do with this body, then the boyfriend of the mistress comes in as the town drunk. Things happen, but you will have to come see the show to find out the rest,” Richard Kolbosky said about “The Basement” by Ashley Nader.
The University Players are presenting a series of One Act plays, which are directed by Edinboro students. Directors Patrick McGettigan, Jonny Rick, Richard Kolbosky and Stephanie Bucci are all Edinboro students, with student assistant directors Brooke Ebeling and Madison Krol.
The One Act plays, “3 Doors to Death,” “My Middle Name is Angry” and “The Basement” open Thursday, Nov. 12 and will run until Nov. 22. All showings run Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $3 for Edinboro students, $5 for faculty, staff and non- Edinboro students and $10 general admission. On Friday and Saturday of both weekends, there will be a bake sale to help raise money for the university players theatre productions.
“3 Doors to Death,” directed by Stephanie Bucci, and assistant directed by Brooke Ebeling, is a murder mystery where the audience gets to choose the killer and what happens to him at the end of the show. “I really like it because the audience gets to choose the killer every night. It keeps us up on our toes and keeps them on their toes. I like that the audience gets incorporated in the shows,” said Elise McCarter, actress in the show.
“They also get to choose what happens to the killer at the end of the show; if they get a way out or if they just get arrested at the end. There is a part during the end where the detective will ring the bell over each suspect and the audience will clap to see if they thought that person was the one who did it. Based off the audiences’ applause, it will determine who is the killer,” Bucci said.
“The Basement,” directed by Jonny Rick and Richard Kolbosky, follows an unhappy couple that are trying to decide what to do with the body of the husband’s former mistress. The mistress was their maid and now her body is in the basement.
“My Middle name is Angry,” directed by Patrick McGettigan and assisted directed by Madison Krol, is about two sisters who have opposing personalities. “The one that is strict really likes to bottle up all her anger that she feels through her life and she really likes to complain. The strict sister, Janet, finally tries to find a day to relax and of course on that day, everything that she tries to do to relax goes horribly wrong; then she ends up bottling up more anger. Near the end of the show, she finally finds that bottling up all this anger is really terrible for her. Her sister, Alice, tries to help her solve the anger she has built up over the years,” McGettingan said.
The play is a comedy with a lesson about bottling up anger.
There are many opportunities to get involved with the theatre department at Edinboro. APO and University Players (UP) club are two organizations.
“Last year, I directed one of the ‘New Works One Acts’ last year. I had directed stuff before coming here. The one thing that I can say is to get in touch with people who are doing the new works festival next semester, Shaun Taylor, anyone in the theatre department, APO and UP,” Rick said.
Bucci talked about her experience as a director and how she got involved.“This is my fourth time directing and this is the biggest cast that I’ve worked with. Last year I directed another One Act called ‘The Meatball Said No’ and it just kind of took off from there. Nine people can kind of seem big if you don’t have a lot of experience, but it is a fun challenge; it’s highly recommend it to anyone who would like to try out directing.”
McGettigan also talked about his directing experience. “I took up the assistant director position in the production of ‘Alice Through The Looking Glass’ last year and our production of ‘Macbeth’ this year, I was the stage manager. I really wanted to help out UP, so they can have an extra person to bring another extra show to bring more people in.
“You really need to be nice and organized and always have a backup plan because something will probably go wrong.”
Anna Ashcraft is The Arts Editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org