ART Around Town: The Stone Play Festival

left to right: Kelsey Meshell, Caleb Keith McClain, Tanner Nored, Maggie McAdams, Cameron Vidos

left to right: Kelsey Meshell, Caleb Keith McClain, Tanner Nored, Maggie McAdams, Cameron Vidos

A ritual of inspiration has returned to Louisiana Tech University Department of Theatre—the Stone Play Festival is back and bigger than ever! This unique festival will showcase an array of creative work, featuring original short plays, dance pieces, movement poetry, and even an original video project—most written as well as directed by our very own Tech students. The Stone Play Festival will be performed in Arthur W. Stone Theatre, located in Louisiana Tech University’s Howard Center for the Performing Arts. The show runs February 6th-9th at 7:30 pm. The short plays and video project will be presented Wednesday, February 6thand Friday, February 8th; the dance and movement pieces will be performed Thursday, February 7th and Saturday, February 9 th.

Glory in the Flower by William Inge (directed by Priscilla Porter), is a charming play about former lovers reconnecting and discussing their tragic past. The Knee Slapper Video Project (written and directed by Tony Slapper) is a comedy that features clever word play that will surely bring plenty of smiles and laughs to the audience. A Late Arrival (written by Tia Williams, directed by Kaitlin Riley) entails a complicated relationship between an estranged mother and daughter. Our Little Secret (written by Justin M. Jones, directed by Jacey Rae Russell) is heart- felt retelling of a boy and girl’s journey to their bisexual identity. Taco Tuesday (written by Jacey Rae Russell and directed by Cameron Harmeyer) involves a comedic confrontation between a grocery store employee and her co-worker. Vela Réveillez, an original dance piece(choregraphed by Serendipity and Samantha Lancaster), encompasses ancient story telling told through dance. Transgressions (written by AV, directed by Justin M. Jones) is a collection of poems accompanied by movement that reveal glimpses of relationships in the narrator’s life.

For more information about individual tickets and group rates, please call the box office at 318.257.3942 or visit: www.louisianatechtheatre.com, or visit the physical box office, located in the Arthur W. Stone lobby. Box office hours are 1:30 pm to 4:45 pm during weekdays. Ticket prices are as follows: $20 for general audience, $15 for seniors (60+), $15 for youth under 12 and $10 for students.

Jacey Rae Russell

Jacey Rae Russell

Second-year graduate student and director Priscilla Porter is excited for students to collaborate together through the art of theatre and explore their creativity in a safe space. When asked what she has gained and learned from this experience, she replied: “I have learned how talented our student body is and how willing they are to experiment and try to new things. I appreciate the positivity my cast brings to every rehearsal, their flexibility, and their eagerness to explore. They inspire me to be a better theatre artist.”

Article written by Jacey Russell with Louisiana Tech Theatre