Three plays written by students at Rochester Community & Technical College will debut this weekend.
The one-act plays were developed by groups of students in concert with professional writers brought to the campus by Jerry Casper, RCTC director of theater.
“It went so well, it might become a regular thing,” Casper said. “The students have loved it. They have ownership.”
The plays are:
— “The Little Reunion,” a drama developed with the assistance of Ryan Stotts
— “A Dick Named Dick,” a noir farce developed with the assistance of Ryan Pyfferon
— “Apocalypse,” a thriller developed with the assistance of Jeff Hand
The plays were developed in 12-hour sessions. Now, they’re in the hands of Casper, who is directing the plays. The 16 students who participated in writing the scripts have roles in the plays.
The setup is also a rare opportunity for Casper, as a director, to pose questions directly to the writers of the plays. “I say, ‘Let’s talk about when you wrote this, what were you thinking about, talking about?'” he said.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. today and Friday, and 2 p.m. Saturday in Charles Hill Theatre on the RCTC campus. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and students, available at the door.
The plays are intended for mature audiences due to adult language and content.