- Published: April 23, 2015
Jesus, death and the underworld are some of the themes that emerged in this year’s Yellow Springs High School One Act plays, which include titles such as “Second Coming,” “Welcome to Hell” and “The Bliss.” Half of the nine works came out of Desiree Nickel’s high school playwriting course, co-taught by playwright and One Acts Coordinator Shannon Lewis. And though the students have had just a few weeks to cast and rehearse their plays, the work is impressive and mature, Lewis said this week.
The show opens this weekend at Mills Lawn gym, with performances on Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, 8 p.m. and Sunday, at 2 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door, with proceeds benefitting the high school drama program.
The student-authored works include “Obsidian Battlefield,” a comedy about a squire who keeps picking up unwanted companions on his journey; “The Bliss,” a drama that takes place in a London bomb shelter during World War II; “The Astronaut,” a part-musical radio drama takes place in outer space; “Welcome to Hell,” about a demon who is interviewed by Satan; “Three’s a Crowd,” depicts a person haunted by the spirits of chaos and order; “Race of Success,” brings in issues of race during a college admissions interview; “The audience,” about the annoying ticks, laughs and coughs of a theatrical audience; and “The Proportion Test,” about a princess interviewing others for the job.