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Comedic Insanity Lights Up the Stage During One-Act Performances

BOONE — Audiences will discover that a fine line separates sanity and insanity during a night of one-act plays presented by Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance. The student-directed plays will be presented Feb. 28 through March 3 in Greer Arena Theatre.

Performances begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets are on sale in the Valborg Theatre box office and at the door.

All tickets are $3.

For reservations or more information, call (828) 262-3063.

“Being in Love with Alice” is a comedy by Mike Carter. The hero of the play is in love, but reacts by displaying classic symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia. He is quite determined to get the girl, and after getting the help of a self-confessed theatrical device (who likes to be thought of as the hero’s Jiminy Cricket) the hero realizes life, love and reality are quite complicated.

“Being in Love with Alice” is directed by Bryan Crossan and stage managed by Brad Evans.

The cast includes Jason Denton, Noah Jones, Sharon Pinney and David Stone. Kevin Chesney designed the costumes.

The “Gender Agenda” by Geralyn Horton is a comedy about a man who who really wants to be a woman and pretends that he is one with an all-female church group.

Individually, all the women in the group know that Jan is a man, but they don’t know if the others know.

So, they keep the information quiet.

Jan works all day as a man but acts like a woman at home. The dual identity creates all kinds of problems that contribute to the play’s comedy. Witty discussions among the characters perpetuate the “feminine mystique” and the “oppression” some women claim to experience.

The “Gender Agenda” is directed by Christie Hancock with Kiel Schmidt as stage manager.

The cast includes Caryn Crye, Vanessa Welch, Mandy Harris and Brian Westbrook. Liz Messick designed the costumes.

The one-act plays are a collaboration between the students in two upper division theatre classes. The plays are directed by students in the advanced directing class. They each select and prepare the plays for public performance. The costumes have been designed by students in a costume design class.