The Drake University Department of Theatre Arts will present a Student Theatre Production Showcase (STPs) featuring two student produced short plays in one performance, beginning Friday, Oct. 30 in the Studio Theatre of the Harmon Fine Arts Center. Performances will start at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 30 and Oct. 31, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1.
The first show in the showcase is “How To Lose a Game,” a dramatic play written and directed by junior directing major Justin Tomer. The show centers on two parallel storylines, one taking place in the past and the other taking place in the present, revolving around the same couple.
“I’m hoping the show will be an honest telling of this difficult relationship between these two people,” Tomer said. “We hope people will come and be affected by it and come away with something they didn’t have when they walked in the door.”
Senior directing major Violet Saylor is directing the second production, “I Grant I Am a Woman.” This show is an original piece that was devised by Double-Stick Tape, which is the company name of Saylor and her cast of six female students. The show pieces together scenes from nine plays by William Shakespeare, each of which focuses around his female characters.
“It has been a joy to work with these people,” Saylor said of her cast members. “I really want the audience to leave wanting to go and pick up an old Shakespeare play that they read in English class and give it a second chance.”
Admission is $7 for adults, $2 for students and $5 for senior citizens. Tickets are available either at the Fine Arts Box Office or online. Visit http://www.drake.edu/theatre/productions/fineartsboxoffice/ or call 515-271-3841 for more information.