Four plays at CRMS explore themes from dark to absurd |

Four plays at CRMS explore themes from dark to absurd

Staff Report

Four one-act plays will be presented by the students of Colorado Rocky Mountain School, beginning at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23.

“Crawling Arnold” was written by Jules Feiffer in the early 1960s. It is an absurd piece that humorously comments on family life, the Cold War and ’60s society.

Feiffer was best known for his satirical cartoons, and his play functions in much the same way. The cast consists of Hunter Shaw as father Barry Enterprise, Jessica Meister as mother Grace Enterprise, Rachel Sibley as social worker Ms. Sympathy and Aaron Sandield as son Arnold Enterprise.

“The Other Player” was written by Owen G. Arno, also in the early ’60s. This is a dark piece, set in the dormitory of a boarding school. Through dramatization of a provocative situation, the audience is left to decipher the truth about the characters. Cast members are Chesca Smotherman as headmaster Dr. Becker, Gretchen Grebe as Ms. Corlin and Natalie Johnson as Marie Cross.

“The Street of Good Friends” is the second of the pair written by Owen G. Arno. Three stereotypical American teachers unwittingly encounter a unique situation while vacationing in Italy. The cast of this wryly humorous play includes Alana O’Neal as the Woman at the Hotel, Arielle Kelly as Abigail, Tricia Harutun as Grace and Sydney Horwitz as Hester.

“The Sandbox” was written by Edward Albee in the ’60s, at the start of his illustrious playwrighting career. Representative of the theater of the absurd, the play comically exposes aspects of family life and the human condition. Cast members are Greg Bartlomiejczuk as Young Man, Alana O’Neal as Mommy, Dustin Bowers as Daddy, Moorea Morehart as Grandma and Kevin Moon as Musician.

Performances will be held at the CRMS Barn. Admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for students and seniors. For more information, call CRMS at 963-2562.

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