Xavier Players welcomes the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (ACTF) to the 2008 production of Power Plays by Elaine May and Alan Arkin. Performances will be November 13-16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center Theatre. Tickets cost $5 each and can be reserved at 513-745-3939.
ACTF is looking for productions to be showcased in January’s regional festival at Saginaw State University, and the spring national festival at Kennedy Center and will come to adjudicate one of Xavier’s Power Plays performances. Performances are judged on their acting capabilities, production elements, direction and choice of script. Some students have participated in past ACTF conferences but this is the first year for Xavier Players to be judged in this nationwide event. Xavier Players specifically chose this production, which consists of three short plays, for judging.
Nothing is as it seems. Supposed roles of power in society are challenged in this “theatre of the mind.” The Way of All Fish is a bizarre office exchange between a business executive and her meek secretary; Virtual Reality is a comical glimpse into the seedy lives of two men involved in an illegal warehouse transaction; In and Out of the Light features the relationship between an adulterous dentist and his ex-stripper hygienist.
ACTF awards are sponsored by the Kennedy Center, where the national finals will be held in spring 2009. Since its beginning, ACTF has given more than 400,000 college theater students the opportunity to have their work critiqued, improve their dramatic skills and receive national recognition for excellence. More than 16 million theatergoers have attended approximately 10,000 festival productions nationwide.
It is the philosophy of the Xavier Players to combine real-life experiences in the form of meaningful service that relates to the issues presented in the plays. The players believe it is in this act of service that one truly become socially aware. Xavier, as a Catholic Jesuit University, strives to form students intellectually, morally, spiritually, with rigor and compassion, toward lives of solidarity, service and success.