HFCC One Act Festival Performers
Henry Ford Community College’s Theater Program presents its One-Act Festival on select dates from Thursday, June 18 to Sunday, June 28 at the Dearborn Centennial Library, located at 16301 Michigan Avenue, in the library auditorium. All seats are $6. Dearborn Library cardholders will receive $1 off admission. Four one-act plays will be staged over the two weekends.
Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Exact show dates are as follows: June 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27 and 28. For ticket reservations, please call the HFCC Theater program at 313-845-9817.
The first weekend, June 18-21, features the two plays, 'Medusa’s Tale' by Carol Lashof and '27 Wagons Full of Cotton' by Tennessee Williams. The second weekend, June 25-28, features 'A Way with Words' by Frank Gilroy and ' ‘dentity Crisis' by Christopher Durang.
The plays are produced by HFCC theater instructor Gerry Dzuiblinski of Southfield. 'Medusa’s Tale' is directed by Jeff Waddell of Dearborn. Yolanda Aquino of Detroit portrays Medusa, Chris Romeo of Detroit plays Perseus, Shardai Davis of Dearborn plays Athena and Jairen Lott of Ferndale is Poseidon. Christian Plonka of Dearborn is the stage manager.
'27 Wagons Full of Cotton' is directed by James Dizmang of Dearborn Heights. Derek Fawaz of Dearborn plays Jake, Brittany Redden of Dearborn Heights is Flora and Hasem Salem of Wyandotte portrays Silva.
'A Way with Words' is directed by Patricia Castillo-Bello of Novi. Steve Nazarek of Dearborn is Fred, Chris Romeo plays Artie and Shardai Davis portrays Louise. Matt Votruba of Dearborn is the stage manager.
' ‘dentity Crisis' is directed by James Hodges of Detroit. Elise Johnson of Detroit portrays Jane, Stephanie Leon of Dearborn is Edith, Chris Call of Detroit plays Robert and Hasem Salem is Mr. Summers. The One-Act Festival was founded by HFCC theater instructor George Popovich in the mid-1980s with the goal of giving students an opportunity to encounter the responsibilities and creative challenges of directing.
'These programs give students and new playwrights the firsthand experience of demands and dynamics of directing and/or writing a new work,' Dzuiblinski stated. 'The glamour of Hollywood soon vanishes as students encounter the reality of producing work with budgetary, time and other limitations. It is an exceptional educational experience that allows students to mature in their viewpoints regarding the production process, and find joy in the act of creation and communication, rather than the glamour of a high-profile industry.'