SPIN Theatre presents One Act Festival

Luther College's SPIN Theater presents a collection of one-act performances varying in genre, directed and produced by Luther students of all years.

Of the five productions, "The Giver," "The Man Who Couldn't Dance," "The Summer People" and "The Last Cyclist" will have two performances. The first show begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, and the other showing of these productions begins at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7. The fifth production, "Matchgirl," will take place once at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6. All of the performances will take place in the Jewel Theatre of the Center for the Arts on the Luther Campus and are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Friday's performances:

  • 7:30 p.m. "The Last Cyclist"
  • 8:55 p.m. "The Summer People"
  • 9:50 p.m. "The Man Who Couldn’t Dance"
  • 10:10 p.m. "The Giver"

Sunday's performances:

  • 1:30 p.m. "The Giver"
  • 2:50 p.m. "The Man Who Couldn’t Dance"
  • 3:10 p.m. "The Summer People"
  • 4:05 p.m. "The Last Cyclist"

"The Last Cyclist," written by Karel Švenk and reinterpreted by Naomi Patz is directed by Luther junior Grace Huber. Originally written during his time in the Terezín concentration camp, Švenk's "The Last Cyclist" explores the darker side of human nature in a world where instead of killing the Jewish people, Nazis kill the bicyclists. While the original is both humorous and poignant, the outer shell of a play-within-a-play written by Patz gives the audience a truer understanding of the context of the play. Patz will be available after the Sunday performance for discussion on the topic of the play.

"The Giver," written by Lois Lowry and adapted for stage by Eric Coble, is directed by Luther junior Noah Tiegs. Based on the award-winning dystopian novel, "The Giver" follows twelve-year-old Jonas in a world controlled by rules and traditions. He is happy in this life until he receives his job assignment as the Receiver of Memory. In this new position, he quickly learns what the world once was and what his community really is. He learns about freedom, hope, life and color as the story provides an eerie look into what is lost in the name of the perfect society.

"The Summer People," written by Shirley Jackson and adapted for stage by Brainerd Duffield is directed by Luther first year Sophie Nall. In this story, Mr. and Mrs. Allison love their summer home in a cozy little New England town. With their children out of the house and no jobs to return to, they decide that there is no reason to return home before Labor Day. As the other vacationers leave, everything seems fine, until the town's full-time residents begin to act strange. It seems that none of the summer people have ever stayed past Labor Day.

"The Man Who Couldn't Dance," by Jason Katims is directed by Luther sophomore Cleo Garza. This story focuses on the couple Eric and Gail, who make their way up to the nursery one night to see Gail's newborn child. Upon seeing the child, Eric has an unexpected breakdown thinking about his past relationship with Gail and all of the things that he couldn't provide for her.

"Matchgirl," originally written by Hans Christian Andersen was adapted for stage by Luther seniors Matthew Espey and Andrew Tiede with compositions by senior John Kuntz. It is directed by Luther sophomore Mikaela Hanrahan and junior Garret Baumler. Based on the famous H.C. Andersen tale, "Matchgirl" tells the story of a young girl growing up in early 19th century Russia. The production follows the journey of young Tatyana, a girl raised in an abusive home by her widowed father. This feminist take on a classic tale shows how every girl has the right to create their own story.

SPIN Theatre places an emphasis on bringing students from all different academic years and disciplines together to build a show, and these performances are no exception.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,005, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.