One-Act Plays by MCCC Grads Emphasize Human Connections at MCCC's Studio Theatre Aug. 14-17

7/17/08


Four original one-act plays premiere at MCCC's Studio Theatre in August. "4play" features actors from the tri-state area in works written by MCCC Theatre program graduates James Jaketic ('08) and Josiah DeAndrea ('07). Dates and show times for this unique performance event are Thursday, Aug. 14 at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 16 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door (cash only). The Studio Theatre is located adjacent to Kelsey Theatre on Mercer's West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road.

According to DeAndrea, who is currently pursuing his B.F.A. in Acting at Pace University, all four plays explore interpersonal connections, resulting in an exciting, intriguing collaboration. (The show is intended for mature audiences.) DeAndrea has had two of his plays produced Off-Off-Broadway and has also had plays produced in the Studio Theatre. Jaketic, who will be attending Temple University in the fall, recently had his first play, "Distortion," produced at the Studio Theatre.

DeAndrea's "Diptera and Other Materials," which explores the relationship between humans and objects, features Rutgers University student Austin Begley, SUNY Purchase student Michelle Wood (an MCCC alumna), and MCCC student David Hamm. Ian, an obsessive compulsive writer, is attempting to finish his most recent novel, when he is interrupted by his media obsessed roommate and a neighbor who recently had a bizarre incident with a fly. This comedic play dives into the absurd, the ironic, and the obsessive aspects of human nature.

Jaketic's "Castle in the Snow" features MCCC graduates Benee Williams and Keegan MacDonald. (Benee is currently attending Rutgers University and Keegan will be attending Lake Forest College in the fall.) Former lovers, who have not spoken in several years, end up spending the night together. Their uncomfortable "morning after" is inadvertently extended due to a snow storm. Trapped together in a motel room, they must confront not only what happened the night before, but what happened during their relationship and how things have turned out since.

DeAndrea's "Man Within the Man" stars actors Tim Moran and Steve Pie. When his father stops working, a young college dropout finds himself having to "grow up" and figure out how to pay the mortgage. This thought-provoking piece ponders whether it's better to embrace the responsibilities of adulthood or remain sheltered by adults.

Concluding the event is Jaketic's "World's a Stage," featuring actors David Hamm, Austin Begley, and Melanie Britten. After a devastating break-up, young playwright Ethan meets a girl who appears to offer everything that he has been seeking in his life. But it becomes clear that people are not always what they appear to be.

For more information on "4play," email Josiah DeAndrea at deandreaj@verizon.net.

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