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Student-Directed One-Act Plays: A Mix of Comedy and Horror

The 4th Annual Student-Directed One-Acts will be held on October 30 and 31 at 7:30 p.m., bringing a terrific mixture of horror and laughter to the Marg Kallemeyn Theatre.

Advance ticket prices are $7 for general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens. Prices at the door are $9 for general admission and $7 for students and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the College switchboard at 708.597.3000.

The Flattering Word directed by senior Amy Dockendorf of Shingle Springs, California

The Flattering Word by George Kelly tells the story of a hilarious game of flattery between the Reverend Loring Rigley, who is staunchly against theatre, and the famous actor, Eugene Tesh, an old friend of Rigley’s wife. The story is set in 1918 and gives an accurate account of most ministers’ view of theatre at the time.

Dockendorf has participated in theatre at Trinity since her freshman year, as an actress, stage manager, and production assistant. “The message of The Flattering Word is that theatre and Christianity are not at odds--they both teach you something vital and beautiful about life and about people. They can both remind you what is truly important in life,” said Dockendorf. “I think this is something that the Trinity theatre program really gets, too, and I love being able to direct a show that is relevant to this community.”

The Monkey’s Paw directed by alumna Kate Visser ’09 of Palos Heights, Illinois
The Monkey’s Paw by Louis N. Parker is based on the short story by W.W. Jacobs. The Monkey’s Paw is a story steeped in horror and suspicion. Mr. and Mrs. White and their son Herbert come to possess a dead monkey’s paw, a talisman that grants three wishes to its possessor. Through a series of expected wishes and unexpected events, the White family learns the hard way that those who tamper with fate bring sorrow upon themselves.

“We’ve put our heart and soul into making these productions realistic and entertaining,” said David Hoekman ’12 of Caledonia, Michigan, who plays Mr. White in The Monkey’s Paw. “I’ve never acted in a horror story, but my goal is to make the audience jump out of their seat.”

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