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By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 12 April 2006

Beginning April 20, the Portland Community College Theater Arts program will present the 2006 Student One-Act Play Festival, which gives PCC students a chance to see their works performed.

Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. April 20 through 22 and at 2 p.m. on April 23 in the Little Theatre at the Sylvania Campus, 12000 S.W. 49th Ave.

The plays selected this year are Mae in June, by Christina Sherburne, of Beaverton, and directed by Kambiz Kolkoo, an international student from Iran; The Perfect Party, by Wally Jones, of Dallas, Texas, and directed by Brian Culp, of Northeast Portland; and Off Book, by David Gallic, of Eugene, and directed by McKenna Twedt, of Tigard.

Mae in June is a dramatic story of women and their roles in the 1950s. June Marker and her husband, Andrew, have a happy new marriage and a simple home life until Andrew comes up for a promotion at his job under his misogynistic, leering boss George Maloney. When George attempts to incite an affair with June, her marriage is shaken to the core by lies, secrets and manipulation that build to an unforgettable climax.

Off Book is the story of Corgan Braynt, a young, working-class man who is having a terrible day. Like most of us, he wants to be able to control his own destiny but soon realizes there are some unforeseen obstacles in his way. Off Book is a comedic story about life, theater, unexpected challenges and fighting to find your own reality.

The Perfect Party is a psychological comedy that pulls the audience into the netherworld that is Elise's narrow-minded perceptions. Audience members are invited to take part in the festivities where they witness a social disaster centered on Triscuits, rum and paper bags.

The Annual Student One-Act Play Festival solicits plays by PCC students, selected by a group of PCC theater arts faculty and student peers. The directors are also PCC students, chosen for their theatrical experience. Tickets are $5. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 503-977-4949.

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