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One Act Festival, two student playwrights

October 14, 2005

Poster advertising the "One Act Festival" One-act plays by student playwrights Tony Carrillo and Geraldine Kim take the stage for SFSU's annual One Act Festival. The performances take place in the Little Theatre of the Creative Arts building Oct. 14-15, 20-22, 16 and 23.

"Both of the writers were very involved with the rehearsal and technical process," said Jillian O'Malior, stage manager of both plays, adding that the plays were rewritten and reimagined throughout rehearsals.

Carrillo's play, "The Gypsy Frog," tells the story of an awkward 18-year-old boy named Dosci Lee, who is torn between the pop culture of the outside world and the overbearing Romanian mother inside his home. Dosci searches for a connection with someone and stumbles into Irene, a girl who has both teased and admired him since they were children.

"'The Gypsy Frog' is a very gritty, kind of urban piece," said Roy Conboy, chair of the Theatre Arts Department. "It's pretty hard-edged and emotional."

Kim's "Donning Cheadle" is described by Conboy as a "post-modern rant." It tells the story of Cameragirl, an unnamed character who is filming actor Don Cheadle in a production where his role is as the daughter of a Korean family -- a situation that resembles Cameragirl's own home life.

This "very imaginative, experimental and surrealist" play is funnier and lighter than the realistic and dramatic "The Gypsy Frog," O'Malior said.

Regular performances are at 8 p.m. Oct. 14-15, 20-22, and at 2 p.m. Oct. 16 and 23. Admission is $10 for the general public and $8 for students and seniors. For tickets, call the Creative Arts Box Office at (415) 338-2467.

-- Student Writer Lisa Rau with William Morris


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