Williams Theatre Department is excited to present an evening of five short plays, microdramas, directed and performed by Williams students mentored by Robert Baker-White. Short plays have always played an important role in the historical and contemporary repertoires of playwriting, while sometimes being overshadowed by the more conventional three-act play. The students have selected a variety of works intended to challenge and inspire creators and audience alike.
Please be advised: Mature content and representations of aggressive sexual behavior.
The Lesson, one-act play by Eugène Ionesco, a comedic parable of the dangers inherent in indoctrination. The absurd plot of the play concerns a timid professor who uses the meaning he assigns to words to establish tyrannical dominance over an eager female student (britannica.com). The Lesson is directed by Jack Romans ’20, performed by Brandon Hilfer ’20, Mira Sneirson ’22, and Isabel Ouweleen ’21.
In Amy Herzog’s 508, two ex-lovers meet in the apartment they once shared on what would be their fifth anniversary for a settling of accounts. What could be a simple, five-minute exchange devolves into barbs and recriminations. Bridget and Leo can’t resist the pleasure and pain that comes from one last reckoning. Herzog wrestles with the question of what is the correct and authentic way to cope with heartbreak (The Best American Short Plays 2008-2009). 508 is directed by Nadiya Atkinson ’21, performed by Gigi Gamez ’22 and Olaide Adejobi ’19.
Elizabeth Meriwether’s 90 Days centers on Elliott, who’s girlfriend Abby calls to check up on him. Their short and funny staged phone call wanders from half-truths to awkward miscommunication, showing the tentative first steps towards fixing a relationship, including many tater tots and a failed excuse for a teapot. 90 Days is directed by Nadiya Atkinson ’21, performed by Peter Matsumoto ’21 and Harriet Weldon ’19.
In Springtime, María Irene Fornés focuses on the complications of memory and dependence in the sad tale of Rainbow’s love affair with Greta, a German lab technician. Springtime is directed by Fiona Selmi ’21, performed by Sarah Sutton ’21, Molly Murphy ’19, and Toby Delgado ’21.
In Diana Son’s The Moon Please, a young married couple argues over who is going to work and who will stay with their newborn baby on the morning of September 11th, 2001. A tense new parent squabble takes on an extra dimension when we realize Ciel’s office is at the World Trade Center (playscripts.com). The Moon Please is directed by Jack Romans ’20, performed by Angela Yu ’20 and Austin Franklin ’22.