Baylor Theatre Will Present Quartet of Short Plays

Feb. 24, 2012
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Baylor University Theatre will present a medley of short plays, "Quartet with Grand Piano," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, through Thursday, March 8, with matinees at 2 p.m. on March 3 and 4, in Theatre 11 of the Hooper Schaefer Fine Arts Center on the Baylor campus.

Arranged by Dr. DeAnna Toten Beard, associate professor and graduate program director of theatre arts in Baylor's College of Arts and Sciences, the series of plays are connected thematically by memory, loss and beauty, and the grand piano, which will underscore much of the production.

• "Little Airplanes of the Heart" by Steve Feffer tells the story of a young boy named Sam (Justin Mosher, senior theatre performance major at Baylor) fulfilling his dreams of his beloved Uncle John (Kevin Wilson, sophomore theatre performance major at Baylor), regardless of the judgment he may face.

• "Aftermath" by Thomas Ward, assistant professor of theatre arts at Baylor, depicts a disturbed young man (John Patterson, senior theatre performance major at Baylor) after his father's (Rob Norman, senior theatre performance major at Baylor) unusual death.

• "Johannes, Pytor and Marge" by Jeffery Essman delves into the profound commonality between historically significant artists and average young people.

• "The Trapeze Artist" by Baylor alumna Mary Laws examines the relationship between a young girl and her father.

"These four plays are all very theatrical and imaginative--which is fun," Toten Beard said. "But at the same time they all share themes of loss--which is sad. The combination of playfulness and seriousness is artistically exciting to me."

Toten Beard said she hopes audiences will leave "Quartet" inspired to seek joy and beauty within the difficulties of life.

Tickets are $15 for the public and $12 for students and faculty. Purchase them online from the Baylor Theatre Arts Online Ticket Office or call (254) 710-1865.

Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center is at 60 Baylor Ave.

For more information, visit Baylor Theatre or call (254) 710-1861.

by Katy McDowall, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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