Oakton’s ‘Play On’ features midwest community college playwrights

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Catch rising theater talent at Play On, a Chicago-based playwriting festival, July 29 – 31, at Oakton Community College’s Studio One.

Play On, now in its sixth year, features six original one-act plays written and directed by community college students, starting nightly at 8 p.m.

“Play On is an amazing opportunity to enjoy new, young voices of theater,” says Patti Interrante, Oakton professor of speech and theater and the festival’s co-founder. “None of these plays have ever been produced before, and we’re thrilled to support talented playwrights by bringing their creations to life.”

This year’s collection of 10-minute plays includes:

  • Side Effects by Alice Ravenswood (Oakton). Two young patients meet at a hospital and begin a friendship that examines trust, truth, comfort, and hope.
  • Robbery by Voyo Gabrilo (Oakton). The marriage flame is rekindled when a couple is shaken out of their staid, familiar routine.
  • Infinity Plane by Tom Wojcik (College of DuPage). The Infinity Plane, “which can only be accessed from turning reality inward on itself,” suffers a brutal war between the Master of Darkness and the Lord of Pizza Hut in this intergalactic comedy.
  • Acting Like an Adult by Ryan Hartson (Elgin Community College). Laura is looking forward to getting married and settling down. And so is her fiancé, John….until their old college friend shows up.
  • A Bunch of Little Pieces by Betty Williams (Kennedy King College). A clash between father and son, a sibling rivalry, and a husband’s revelation…is one family strong enough to survive, or will it break apart?
  • Untitled by Caitlyn Woods (College of DuPage). How does a playwright overcome writer’s block? This author has a unique process.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors – to purchase call (847) 635-1900. Proceeds benefit the Performing Arts Scholarship Fund.

Studio One is located at 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines.

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