Theatre of New Voices highlights students creativity

Garrett Willis




The Theatre of New Voices held their Winterly one-act plays from February 25th to the 28th. The Theatre of New Voices gives theatre major students the opportunity to write and direct their own one-act plays.


Ranging from a pair of nazis to a young boy and old lady becoming friends, the one-act plays had a huge variety of situations and characters. Not only was most of the characters’ dialogue down to earth, it also contained many micro lessons and beautiful phrases.


“Doesn’t anyone want to explore the end of the world, or even the ends of this city?” said old lady Lillian (Heather Simmons) from the play “Parallels,” which was written by Susannah Vera and directed by Elizabeth Lucia Nagel. Lillian found herself surrounded by people not wishing to even discover the city of New York, but she finds the young boy Ben who has an adventurous heart.


The whole performance started with the play “Omens,” which was written by Mateo Lara and directed by DeNae’ Brown. The scene opens with a man, Pincen (Greg Bolanos), sitting in his house during a rainy night. His friends come in, and they are concerned after finding out that he is having “dreams” again. Pincen had previously had dreams of people dying, and they eventually came true. Now it seemed to be happening again.


“Well, sh*t,” said Pincen’s friend Victor (Deon Danehy) when he found out the dreams had come true once before.


One of the more lighter plays, “Before the Roses Die,” which was written by Greg Bolanos and directed by Elizabeth Lucia Nagel, opens with a British man and British Woman making fun of Americans and their obsession with cheeseburgers.


The man, Jeremiah (Deon Danehy), reveals himself not actually to be British, but that he must keep up the act so that he does not lose the girl’s interest. However, as the play progresses, the girl, Jude (Norma G. Camorlinga), reveals that she is not actually British, and this allows the man to confess his lie as well.


Only three out of the seven plays were briefly mentioned. Overall, the plays were a huge success. Not only did they grab the audience’s attention, but they often ended on a solid, concrete note.


The student actors, directors, and writers really showed their talents in this year’s one-act plays, and hopefully reminded the audiences the merit and value theatre truly has.