ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Purple Shorts returns!
By Christopher Hodge
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
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.