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Purple Shorts returns!

By Christopher Hodge
Gazette Staff

Western students will have the chance to sneak a peek at some Western shorts this weekend during the 3rd annual original one-act play festival Purple Shorts at Conron Hall.

Presented by Theatre Western, in collaboration with the University Students’ Council, Purple Shorts showcases the talents of seven emerging playwrights, says producer Sabrina Noble. The seven plays were chosen during a general call for submissions held in October. Unique to this year’s festival, she says, will be the introduction of the theme “The Nine Greek Muses,” which will act as a segue between the plays.

“It was difficult to cut it down to seven,” Noble explains. “The ones we did choose in the end dealt with different themes, and all had different writing styles. It’s great to see different types of people collaborating and it just seems to work.”

Among the plays is Denis Ouellet and Jonathan Wizowski’s romantic comedy Rob ’n’ Janeane.

“We went to the festival last year and thought, ‘Hey, why not try and write a play?’ It was a first time for everything and we were pretty surprised to get picked. Hopefully [the audience is] going to laugh; if not we’re going to have to recategorize it!” Wizowski jokes.

Matt Huether, USC VP-student affairs, says Purple Shorts will benefit students enthusiastic about participating in live theatre.

“It provides students with an outlet to showcase their talents,” he says.

The first group of plays will be presented in Conron Hall (University College Rm. 224) tonight and Saturday at 7 p.m., while the second group of plays will be Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.. Advance tickets are available at InfoSource in the University Community Centre or at the door half an hour prior to each show. The cost is $6.



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