HFCC to continue One Act Festival tradition

Photo by Sue Suchyta

Photo by Sue Suchyta

Hundreds of area thespians packed the house at the Michael A. Guido Theatre Tuesday night as the Dearborn Area Theatre Association presented its annual member ajudicated theater awards at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. Area high schools and community theater groups performed for the appreciative house. The Players Guild of Dearborn presented its show-stopping title song from the musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Cast members include: Ebony Bradley (left), Jeff Lokken, Melody Nimmo, Sebastian Adams, Sara Mayne, Sarah Kornacki and Katie Suchyta.

Henry Ford Community College will host its traditional One Act Play Festival June 17 to 20 and 24 to 27 in the auditorium of the Dearborn Centennial Library. Comedies will highlight the first weekend, with dramas the second weekend of the run.

Two comedies will be featured the first weekend: Neil Grant’s “A Spot of Lunch” and James McClure’s “Pvt. Wars.”

In “Pvt. Wars” three GIs recovering from injuries sustained in Vietnam while away their time on the terrace of an Army hospital. Gateley, a hillbilly, fiddles compulsively with his disemboweled radio. Silvio, a streetwise man about town has become a compulsive flasher but which may be driven by an injury he sees as a threat to his masculine identity. Natwick is a prissy rich kid in need of a friend. The three tease and torment, entertain and solace each other – while their hilarity belies deep concern about their uncertain future.

The second weekend features three dramas: Megan Terry’s “Ex-Miss Copper Queen on a Set of Pills,” Bertolt Brecht’s “The Informer” and Eugene O’Neill’s, “Recklessness.”

In “Ex-Miss Copper Queen on a Set of Pills,” a former beauty contest winner, disowned by her family after the birth of her illegitimate child, is sleeping off wine and goofballs in a skid row doorway. Two refined female winos, salvaging things to hock from garbage cans come along. The “Queen” parts with her bottle for a peek at the “baby” in the carriage.

“The Informer” reflects the fear and paranoia a Lutheran professor and his wife feel when they suspect that their son, a member of the Hitler Youth, is spying on them.

“Recklessness” is about the reckless affair of Mildred Baldwin, 28, with her husband’s chauffeur. Mildred is married to Arthur, about 50, and lives in his remote mountain retreat, along with the young chauffeur, Fred, and two maids.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m., with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees. The Henry Ford Centennial Library is at 16301 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn. Tickets are $7.

The shows contain some adult content, and may not be appropriate for some audiences.

For tickets or more information, call (313) 845-9817 or e-mail gadzuiblinski@hfcc.edu.