Westover School will present a student directed, produced, and designed Festival of One-Act Plays, which will be performed on Saturday, April 27, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 28, at 2 p.m. in the Louise B. Dillingham Performing Arts Center theater. Several area independent schools, including Trinity Pawling School in Pawling, New York, have been invited to participate in the festival.
The festival will feature a series of five one acts. Because some of the plays include mature themes and language, they may not be appropriate for younger children; parent guidance is advised.
Lockdown, written by Douglas Craven, is directed by Lire Bolden, a senior from Bronx, New York. The cast features Meredith Diamond, a senior from Waterbury; Wava Chan, a sophomore from Brookfield; Artemis Li, a junior from Beijing, China; Cammie Hussey, a junior from Sharon; Katy Wolff, a sophomore from Westport; Sabina Wilson, a sophomore from Southbury; Rebecca Rao, a freshman from Guangdong, China; and Ian Diedrich, a member of Westover's faculty. Lockdown is a currently relevant story that follows a group of students experiencing their first school lockdown, unsure of whether or not it is a drill. Lighting design is by Natalie Brown, a sophomore from Watertown, and sound design is by My Van, a junior from New York City.
Slide/Over is written by Melanie Marnich and directed by Meredith Diamond. It features Wava Chan, Sabina Wilson, Artemis Li, Cammie Hussey, and Emily Benoit, a junior from Monroe. Slide/Over is the story of Jay and her friends discovering the fluidity of Jay's sexuality and understanding implications with the change. Lighting design is by My Van and sound design by Serena Hogan, a senior from Wolcott.
Space has a cast of three and was written by Laura Jacqmin and is directed by Emily Benoit. The show is set both in Nome, Alaska - with Sam and Alice, played by Meredith Diamond and Artemis Li - and in Russia, with Sam's girlfriend Irina, played by Katy Wolff. In this abstract piece, the couple struggles with the distance between them. Lighting design is by Reeya Desai, a freshman from Naugatuck, and sound design is by Jade-Noelle Samuelsen, a freshman from Hackensack, New Jersey.
In the Meantime, written by Sharon E. Cooper and directed by Cammie Hussey, features Avery Pendleton, a junior from Marblehead, Massachusetts, as Paul, a 37-year-old, clean-cut accountant, and Katy Wolff as Stephanie, a quirky, 31-year-old preschool teacher. The couple navigates ending their relationship and reflecting on missed opportunities and enduring possibilities. Lighting design is by Isabel Gittines, a freshman from Southbury, and sound design is by Salma Talukdar, a freshman from Haledon, New Jersey.
Rising Seniors is written by Kitt Lavoie and directed by Kasey Ingerson, a junior from Watertown. Barbara Carpenter, a senior from La Canada Flintridge, California, and Wava Chan portray two 16-year-old best friends in a tense argument over their attendance at a summer program they both applied for, but to which only one was admitted. Lighting design is by Juliane Purves, a junior from New York City, and sound design is by Emilie Hart, a senior from Easton.
Director of Drama Marla Truini and Technical Director Ian Diedrich oversee the student directors, actors, designers, and technicians as part of Westover's Independent Senior Project program. Lire Bolden is the producer and Dylan Norris, a senior from Roxbury, is the student technical director of the festival. Sarah Gordon, a senior from Pound Ridge, New York, is the prop master; Isabel Gittines designed the costumes.
Parking and entrance to the Performing Arts Center are on South Street. Reservations may be made by calling 203-577-4535. There is no charge for admission, but donations to the Drama Program will be gratefully accepted.