One-Act Play Festival (multiple dates)

Thursday - December 8, 2016
7:30 PM
Bodker Black Box Theatre

Christine Mick and Jonah Snider, recent graduates of the Play Reading and Production class, direct "Hello Out There" by William Saroyan and "Self Torture and Strenuous Exercise" by Harry Kondoleon.

Performance Schedule

Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 8-11

7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday
2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Taking a look at a social issue

Christine Mick, student director of Hello Out There, describes this particular play as a charming play. 

"A central theme is the feeling of being lonely, which is something everyone can relate to," Mick said. "We've all felt lonely at some point in our lives or that there's no one out there that understands you; it's something we all experience," she describes.

Loved and lost

As a young man who has "loved and lost," Jonah Snider felt drawn to Self Torture and Strenuous Exercise, which addresses both topics in a really funny way as he says.

"The theme of 'you can't have love without pain' brings up a lot of emotions to which everyone can relate," Snider said. "Love is pain."

Become a student director

Mick, who will be directing the first time outside class, said, "Allowing students the chance to dive into a production like this and explore this field is unique in itself. If it wasn't for the theater department and this incredible opportunity to direct, I would have never found my calling."

Mick went on to explain that "there's more to the process than just giving your actors blocking and acting notes. There's a lot more communication that needs to be done behind the scenes in order for the show to come together."

Sustainability throughout JCCC

While reusing design elements might seem like a "daunting task" as Mick puts it, she explains that this makes the process of the plays even more exciting.

"This forces us to think outside the box when it comes to design and acting choices," she said. "We have to be open to changes and compromise. I find reusing pieces much more special. The tricky part is finding what pieces fit in with the show."

No tickets or reservations needed

This performance is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis. This play contains mature language and themes. Recommended for ages 14 and up.

Enjoy this show and more

The JCCC Theatre Department produces plays each semester, which provide a variety of performance and technical opportunities for both students and community members. The current season continues after the break and concludes with three productions in the spring 2017 semester.

For more information about JCCC’s theater program, email Beate Pettigrew, artistic coordinator, or call her at 913-469-8500, ext. 3245.