Bare Theatre Presents “Oh Sh!t, It’s Another Evening of One-Act Plays” at Common Ground Theatre

"Oh Sh!t, It's Another Evening of One-Act Plays" opens Feb. 17th
"Oh Sh!t, It's Another Evening of One-Act Plays" opens Feb. 17th
"Oh Sh!t, It's Another Evening of One-Act Plays" opens Feb. 17th
"Oh Sh!t, It's Another Evening of One-Act Plays" opens Feb. 17th

Raleigh, NC-based Bare Theatre concludes its sixth season with Oh Sh!t, It’s Another Evening of One-Act Plays, a program of four contemporary one-act plays, on Feb. 17-20 and 24-27 at Common Ground Theatre in Durham.

The plays include:

Little Boy Love Goat,” written by Carmen-maria Mandley and directed by Lucinda Gainey. Mandley says, “I was attracted to this show by the rich and poetic language of the script, the vivid imagery the characters use when describing the action and expressing their emotions. The play re-tells the story of Pan (Matt Fields) and Syrinx (Carmen-marie Mandley) through dialog and narration. The narration is provided by the three Fates (Missy Dapper, Ann Forsthoefel, and Heather J. Strickland) who observe, describe, and comment on the unfolding story. The main challenge for The Fates was to tell the story from a single perspective while developing their individuality as characters. We also needed to find the right balance between bringing excitement into the story without overshadowing the actions of Pan and Syrinx. For the actors playing Pan and Syrinx, the challenge was transversing the many colors of thought and feeling their characters go through during the course of the play; and keeping the shifts honest.”

Suspense,” written by Ian Finley and directed by Kathryn Milliken LeTrent. LeTrent says, “Everyone is a suspect and a victim in this farce of Victorian melodrama.”

The Mountain,” created by Todd Buker, Donna Rossi Youngblood, and Carmen-maria Mandley. Mandley says, “The life of a clown is not an easy one. They feel in extremes — joy, disappointment, shame, love. One man in his time plays many parts. Todd Buker, assisted by Carmen-maria Mandley and [with] creation assistance by Donna Rossi Youngblood, take one clown from the beginning of his time to where life takes him. The audience also plays a large part in this piece. Hopefully, [it is] one they will enjoy and take away with them and think about after the lights come down.”

The Shakespeare Zone,” written by the ensemble and directed by Matt Schedler, with Aaron Strickland as properties manager, Todd Buker as sound design, and Lucinda Gainey as stage manager. Schedler says, “The Shakespeare Zone is an original comedy written by the cast (Loren Armitage, Rebecca Blum, Seth Blum, Chuck Keith, Kacey Reynolds Schedler, and Heather Strickland) that explores the fun to be had by putting Shakespeare’s characters and writing into the age of television. Using the framing of a ‘Twilight Zone’ episode, the cast perform multiple roles across various genres of TV programming and advertisements, all with a unique Shakespearean twist. Game shows. Reality Shows. Morning chat-fests and afternoon talk shows. Anything goes when you’re watching a network broadcast from ‘The Shakespeare Zone’!”

Bare Theatre presents OH SH!T, IT’S ANOTHER EVENING OF ONE-ACT PLAYS at 8 p.m. Feb. 17-19, 2 p.m. Feb. 20, 8 p.m. Feb. 24-26, and 2 p.m. Feb. 27 at Common Ground Theatre, 4815B Hillsborough Rd., Durham, North Carolina 27705.

TICKETS: $15 ($8 students, seniors, and active-duty military personnel).

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