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Theatre Dept. press release   Date: 2/25/10 Bookmark and Share

Popular One-Act Festival Opens Tonight

The popular Festival of One-Act Plays at Smith College presents short works by nationally and internationally renowned authors and talented, emerging young playwrights. Featured this year are three new plays by MFA playwriting candidates who have already received significant recognition for their existing body of work: Scarlet P by Kendra Arimoto, directed by Jeffrey Stingerstein; Board of Review by Darren Harned, directed by Roger Gordon; and Detour by Roger Gordon, directed by Hillary Haft Bucs.

The festival takes place Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 25-27, and March 3-6, at 8 p.m. each night in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall Center. Tickets are $3 for Smith students, $8 for public, and $5 for non-Smith students and seniors. Wednesday, March 3, is Dollar Night for all students. Seating is limited; reserve tickets early at 413-585-ARTS (2787) or

Scenes from the One-Act Festival:

Scarlet P

Arimotoís Scarlet P is about an Iraq War veteran who reunites with her brother-in-law in the aftermath of her sisterís death. Together they search for consolation and meaning while tiptoeing around landmines of memory. Kendra Arimoto graduated from Stanford University (BA in Drama, Ď05) where she won the Sudler Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts, and the Edoga Prize for Creative Arts Work Involving Social Issues. Her 35-plus production history includes appearances in One4All: SF Asian American Theatre Festival, San Francisco Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Pacific Repertory Theatre, Stanford Shakespeare Society, SF No Nude Men and numerous roles for commercial/print/industrial/film. Next up for Arimoto is No Child Left: The Living Obituary, commissioned by Thin Man Theatre Company, and a stage reading of an excerpt from Shikata Ga Naie (It Canít be Helped) in the WORD! Festival at Mt. Holyoke College. She spent this past August at the Berkshire Fringe developing her full-length play No Traveller Returns as an EarlyStages playwright-in-residence. Arimoto is a member of Dramatists Guild of America.

The director for Scarlet P, Jeffrey Stingerstein received his AS in Theatre from Niagara County Community College in 1998 and his BFA in Dramatic Writing from Purchase College in 2006. He was an apprentice at Touchstone Theatre in Bethlehem, PA, for the 2007-2008 season. He has had previous productions at the college level, including Afterwords at NCCC in 2001, Something Lost (Somewhere, Somehow, Along The Way) at Purchase College in 2006, and Paulyís Wager at the Signature Theatre in New York. His short play, Kool Aid, was part of a staged reading at Smith in October 2009. In January, 2010, Stingerstein produced Smithís first 24-hour play festival.

Board of Review

Harned's monologue is about a corporate worker who must defend his personal and professional record before a panel of his superiors. Harned is a graduate of Hampshire College. His play Ephemera was accepted into the 2007 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival and was performed as part of Smith Collegeís Festival of One-Act Plays in 2008. He has also been the recipient of the Five College Denis Johnson Playwriting Prize.


Gordon's Detour follows a young couple away on their first vacation in five years of marriage, where a long-buried secret from the husbandís past is revealed that jeopardizes the marriage. Roger Gordon is a second-year MFA playwriting student at Smith. He has also studied theatre at Bennington College and at Boston Universityís School of Theatre Arts. His numerous playwriting teachers have included Len Berkman, Marcus Gardley, Sherry Kramer, Bob Glaudini, and Catherine Filloux, among others. He has interned with TheatreWorks, Young Playwrights Inc., and Theatre Without Borders. In November he presented a paper at the 2009 Horton Foote American Playwrights Festival at Baylor University.

The director of Detour, Hillary Haft Bucs, is assistant professor of theatre at Western New England College and has been an adjunct lecturer in Smithís theatre department. At Western New England she has directed Proof, Psycho Beach Party, Prelude to a Kiss, and Cinderella Waltz. Her childrenís play, Itís Good to be an Ant, had its premiere at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood in 2000, and featured members of the San Francisco Mime Troupe. Her play toured for three years throughout Los Angeles County. To celebrate the playís ten-year anniversary, Itís Good to be an Ant will be performed at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art with students from Western New England College.


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