Student Directed One Act Play Festival: All in the Timing


All in the Timing

Written by David Ives
Directed by Natosha Guldan, Ellie Palashewski, Garret Baumler, Philip Royer, and Grace Whiting.
Center for the Arts: Jewel Theatre
March 13-14.

About the Shows

"All in the Timing" is a collection of one-act plays by David Ives which are mostly comedic in nature. The performances will be produced with the help of the Luther College student-directed theatre company, SPIN Theatre.

  • Sure Thing By David Ives
    • Directed by Natosha Guldan '23

    Two people, Betty and Bill, have a chance meeting in a cafe and make their way through a conversational minefield. Every time they say something negatively towards each other, a bell rings and the conversation starts over, leading to an entertaining situation.

  • Words, Words, Words by David Ives
    • Directed by Ellie Palashewski '22

    Three monkeys, Kafka, Milton, and Swift, are put in a cage together under the experimenting eye of a never seen Dr. Rosenbaum, a scientist testing the hypothesis that three apes hitting keys at random on typewriters for an infinite amount of time will almost surely produce Shakespeare's Hamlet. The monkeys humorously converse together, trying to understand the experiment they are in.  

  • The Universal Language by David Ives
    • Directed by Garret Baumler '20

    Don is a con artist trying to swindle customers into learning a made-up language, and Dawn is a shy 28-year-old woman with a stutter. Through the course of the play, Don and Dawn learn about each other and themselves, leading to an unexpected end.

  • The Philadelphia by David Ives
    • Directed by Philip Royer '22

    At a restaurant, a man is informed by a friend that his frustratingly unlucky day is the result of his ensnarement in a pocket of reality, called a "Philadelphia," in which he will only be fulfilled by asking for the opposites of what he wants. By the end, the man begins to feel content at last, only for the situation to get much worse.

  • Variations on the Death of Trotsky by David Ives
    • Directed by Grace Whiting '23

    In comic fashion, revolutionary Leon Trotsky dies over and over again from a mountain-climber's axe-wound to the head. Ultimately, Trotsky talks directly to his assassin who, while posing as a gardener, actually helped make some flowers in the garden grow. This sparks Trotsky to make a final discovery.

    Director's Notes

    “All in the Timing” exaggerates the simplest aspects of human life to show the humor in our everyday
    actions. This production shows the mysteries behind everyday abnormalities.
    While we attempt to grapple with everything around us, it is impossible to know it all. It is said best in
    the words of playwright David Ives, “Don’t all of us have an ax in our head, and aren’t we oblivious to

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