STATESBORO, Ga.- Tragedy and comedy are possible styles of one-act plays that playwrights might submit to the Works in Progress Readers Theater competition put on annually by East Georgia State College. There are other types of acceptable playwrighting styles, too, but each piece must adhere to the Readers Theater guidelines.
“Readers Theater means acting without props, costumes, and movement,” described Sebastian Verdis, the producer of each one-act play included in Works in Progress 2013.
Nick Van der Looy said his one-act play about two airline attendants who highly dislike each other is fully comedic. Van der Looy placed second in this year’s competition.
“Because you don’t have props and costumes and all those other things, it really forces the actors to focus on their characters,” said Nick Van der Looy. ”It forces the actors to…work a lot harder than they would have to if they were working with a set,” he said.
“This year, it’s going to be four one-act plays because we had a third-place tie,” said Verdis who realized there wasn’t a rule in the competition regarding submissions deemed equally as good as another.
The tie has meant more work for Verdis who had to produce an additional one-act play than what he is used to producing for the special night of theater. The college professor is passionate about theater and has been since his college days. His tone certainly didn’t reveal disdain over the extra one-act and the extra work.
This year’s winning playwrights come from Savannah, Statesboro, and Augusta.
Interested in attending the “Works in Progress 2013″ performance? It happens May 2 at 8:15 p.m. at the Statesboro campus of East Georgia State College (10449 US Highway 301 South, Statesboro, GA 30458). There is no cost to attend.