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Dock's spring drama promises to be a theater experience that is out of the ordinary—and a departure from the "drawing room comedies" that have been a staple of Dock's spring drama repertoire in recent years. "The Stories We Tell Ourselves" consists of two scripted one-act plays and a piece that the cast and directors, as a creative team, will develop together. The theme of story-telling will tie all the pieces together.
"We are all a people of story," says Dock Theater Director Ms. Karen Johnston. "We define ourselves by narrative, and introduce ourselves with setting, character and plot. 'Tell me a story!' is one of every young child's first requests. My vision for this year's production was to provide a space for students to explore this power of story through both the telling and the creating."
The two contemporary one-act plays Dock's ensemble cast will perform are:
betweenity by Lindsay Price
We've all been there. The awkward pause. The silence where you just can't think of something to say. The space in between words where nothing is said and yet so much is spoken. The state of being between.
This vignette play explores the beats, pauses, and never-ending silences in conversation. The girl who tries to tell her best friend she wants to date him. The boy who creates the wrong kind of pause. The sister who is dealing with the silent treatment. The guy who wants to confess but can't open his mouth. The daughter who doesn't want to talk because talking makes her remember.
One Hundred Lies by Alan Haehnel
In this poignant comedy, teenager Liz Nostrand presents her life as a competition, complete with scoreboard and time clock. The goal of the game: To dramatize, in only 30 minutes, 100 significant lies told by and to Liz. By the final buzzer, though, we see that the most crucial lies in Liz's life are those she has told herself. One Hundred Lies brings you in laughing and sends you out thinking.
Performances are in Clemens Theater at 7:00 p.m. on:
- Thursday, April 26
- Friday, April 27
- Saturday, April 28