Bravo! Bravo! Fall One-Act Plays Delight Ross Community

_MG_5056 This past weekend, members of the Ross community gathered in the Court Theater at the Upper School to watch the Fall One-Act Plays. The annual four-star event featured works by various playwrights, including Ross student Emily Costello ’18, and were a delightful mix of dramatic and comedic performances. The student actors engaged the audience with tales of eccentric human behavior and experiences that made theater-goers howl with laughter, as well as deeper, provocative stories that explored the human soul and emotions.

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Under the guidance of Performing Arts Teacher Gerard Doyle, the cast and crew worked diligently to develop their performances. The result was a stunning success that highlights the excellence of the Ross School’s renowned theater program. Some of the one-act play actors have been nominated in the past for the annual Teeny Awards, a program that recognizes the theatrical talents of high school students on the East End.

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“The Fall One-Acts are a special part of the theater experience at Ross. It’s wonderful to watch these amazing students uncover and develop their talents,” Gerard said.

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Fall One-Act Plays

Wrong Date (Parts 1 & 2), written by Chambers Stevens and directed by Adam Bendon Hannah: Sophie Griffin ’19 Bethany: Bronte Zunis ’19 Brandon: Carter Marcelle ’19 Phillip: Daren Li ’19

Plot: On a dinner date, two couples decide they are dissatisfied with their partners and separately adopt identical strategies to rectify the situation.

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Wonder Wall, written by Emily Costello ’18 Hazel: Rory Gallaher ’17 Ghost: Leila Murphy ’17

Plot: A troubled teenage girl seeks solace from the ghost of a girl who experienced similar problems when she was living.

The Float Attendant, written by John Dessler and Lawrence Phillis Pilot: Ava Securro ’20 Passenger: Ellie Damiecki ’20 Sensible Person: Gianna Scala ’20 Flight Attendant: Chandler Littleford ’20

Plot: Four eccentric survivors of a cruise ship sinking undergo personality clashes in the confines of a tiny life raft.

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Standing Room Only, written by Aren Hon Usher: Shu (Shane) Han ’16 First in Line: Yichen (Oliver) Chen ’17 Second in Line: Long (Lynn) Lin ’15 Third in Line: Rafaella Jorge ’17 Fourth in Line: Elizabeth Burdge ’17 Fifth in Line: Qingru (Michelle) Jiang ’17 Sixth in Line: Katie Morgan ’16

Plot: Six people waiting on line outside a theater have difficulty getting (and giving) a straight answer to a straight question.

Tassie Suffers, written by Ken Friedman Tassie: Emily Austopchuk ’18

Plot: A would-be actress recounts her experience of the audition from hell.

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Broken Hearts, by Kevin R. McLeod Dianne: Tong (Iris) Gu ’16 Margaret: Mingwei (Sherry) Gao ’16 Grandma: Jingyi (Big Kitty) Xue ’16

Plot: During an out-of-body experience, a young girl is persuaded to choose life over the attractions of the afterlife.

Measuring Matthew, written and by Patrick Gabridge Jennifer: Noa Langleben ’17 Matthew: Mael Oujaddou ’18 June: Nathalia Beller ’17

Plot: An obsessive-compulsive man reflects on the recent breakup with his ex-girlfriend and makes a surprising discovery about his next-door neighbor.

Bed & Breakfast, written by Richard Dresser Sarah: Daniela Herman ’17 Alice: Katie Morgan ’16 Alfred: Gerard Doyle Chuck: Ioannis (Yanni) Giannakopoulos ’16 Claude: Miguel Monori ’15

Plot: In an English bed-and-breakfast, two couples reveal the hidden complexities of their relationships, with unfortunate results for the proprietor.

Misfortune, written by Mark Harvey Levine Cindy: Isoo Chang ’16 Stephanie: Amanda Mintz ’17 Barry: Miguel Monori ’15

Plot: A couple in a Chinese restaurant discover the potential danger lurking in a seemingly harmless fortune cookie.

Fall One-Acts Crew Lighting Designer: Sebastian Paczinsky Production Assistant: Gaby Cassou Lighting Board Operator: Ning (Claire) Yan ’16 Sound Board Operators: Madison Hummel ’15 and Chang (Abby) Wang ’15 Assistant Stage Managers: Jiaying (Kay) Chen ’17, Jonas Linnman-Feuerring ’17, Jared Goldsmith ’17, and James Lytton ’15 Stage Manager: Patricia Jewett ’15 Director: Gerard Doyle