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MFA Acting Solo Festival

As the final project for the three-year Master of Fine Arts in Acting program, each of the nine students will share their artistry with an original solo project. Using a festival atmosphere in Roy Bowen Theatre, the students will push themselves to new creative heights and challenge the audience with the best of contemporary new work. The actors will be divided into two casts, Scarlet and Gray, performing on alternating nights. The performances will take place Wednesday, April 8 through Sunday, April 19. Note: some pieces contain nudity, adult language and/or adult themes. For mature audiences only.

Performance times:
Wednesday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. (Scarlet)
Thursday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. (Gray)
Friday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. (Scarlet)
Saturday, April 11 at 3 p.m. (Gray)
Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. (Scarlet)
Sunday, April 12 at 3 p.m. (Gray)
Wednesday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. (Gray)
Thursday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. (Scarlet)
Friday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. (Gray)
Sunday, April 19 at 3 p.m. (Scarlet)
Location: Roy Bowen Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center, 1849 Cannon Dr.

For tickets: call the Theatre Box Office, (614) 292-2295.

Scarlet Cast

You Have to Believe by Jane Elliott

In an effort to reconcile her pioneer heritage with her current beliefs, Elliott invites the audience to journey with her through her own spiritual biography. Combining songs from her youth, impressions of her ancestors and reenacted moments from her past, You Have to Believe is a semi-supernatural meditation on faith in the latter days.

Holes by Sarah Ware

A collage of voices built from interviews, newspaper articles and Ware’s imagination, Holes grapples with the issues surrounding gun control and a community trying to heal after a school shooting at Seattle Pacific University.

Meg! By Meg Chamberlain

Meg! is in the style of standup comedy in which Chamberlain discusses her love of football, her marriage, as well as her flaws.

Hector by Sifiso Mazibuko

Hector is inspired by Hector Pieterson’s death during the 1976 Soweto uprising where students protested and some died in response to the Afrikaans language becoming the medium of instruction in local schools in South Africa. June 16 is a national holiday to honor and commemorate Pieterson’s death 40 years ago.

Tears on the Dance Floor by Aaron Lopez

How do we deal with heartbreak? How do we numb our pain? Tears on the Dance Floor follows three men as they deal with these questions. After they experience their own version of heartbreak they go out into the night and find ways to numb their pain. On this journey they find themselves in situations that will reveal who they are at the core.

Gray Cast

The Man Inside by Patrick Wiabel

Ransom, a born ‘n’ bred criminal, dreams of peace and escape. But when his best friend is killed and he is framed for the murder, he is given a choice Martyrdom or Death in Vain.

Whole by Camille Bullock

Whole explores four women’s stories of love, loss, heartbreak and acceptance.

24 Hours of #Ferguson, by Melonie Mazibuko

A woman’s attempt to grapple with issues of race, justice and police brutality (and more importantly, people’s reactions to these topics) over a period of 24 hours, and the questions and concerns that are raised as a result. The characters in this piece are real people who made actual comments online, and the text they speak is taken, verbatim, from various websites.

Bright Eyes by Brent Ries

Bright Eyes is a funny and touching look at growing up, love and life’s early lessons and how they impact us throughout our journey.

Photo Credit: Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Actors in a scene from The Ohio State University Department of Theatre’s production of the MFA Acting Solo Festival. (Photo by Matt Hazard)