Skyline Theatre's Blue Sky New Works Festival premieres five plays Feb. 28 & 29

Skyline Theatre is excited to announce its first-ever Blue Sky New Works Festiva—an evening featuring the world premiere of five new short plays. Four of the plays are written by Skyline students and one by a staff member.

In “Do We Have A Sub?” students (left to right) Laila Krugman, Ella Hall, and Maggie Lareau
make an embarrassing discovery while substitute teacher Ben Bower (rear) looks on. Photo by Lisa Gavan.

The student shows are:

“The Seed Sorters” by Maggie Lareau in which a pair of workers in the future sort seeds in slow, mindless work, but one of them begins to wonder if the drudgery isn’t really just to keep them from thinking.

“Triple Date” by Ben Bower in which three friends go out to dinner. Two of them are hoping romance will finally bloom, but instead find themselves fighting over the same woman.

“Vibe Check” by Matthew McMorrough in which a restaurant critic is on
the job, but finds himself more interested in critiquing the other patrons than the food.

“Do We Have a Sub?” by Karpu Palaniappan in which a group of students prepares for class, but the hardest task they face is trying to avoid embarrassment.

The second half of the show is “Pardon My Spaceship” by Skyline Theatre assistant director Brodie H. Brockie. On the bridge of the spaceship The Greenhouse, the surviving members of the human race are headed to a new home. Unfortunately, the planet they’ve found is already populated by people deeply suspicious of humanity’s bad reputation. Meanwhile, the ship’s lieutenants are hiding a big secret, the robot has a memory problem, the captain is a windbag, and the chief of security is nearly psychotic.

“Skyline Theatre always has students involved in every aspect of production, but this is the first time we’re even featuring student writers,” said Brockie. “They’ve written a variety of different types of shows: a dramatic allegory, a slice-of-life-vignette, a broad farce, and a student’s eye view of a day in a classroom. They’re as excited to see their writing come to life as I am.”

The space-faring crew of “Pardon My Spaceship” (Left to right) Maggie Lareau as Activities Director Marmot, Ben Bower as ship robot RT-FL (or “Artie), Savanna Cowley as Lt. Eudoxus, Jalen Steudle as Captain Methany, Laila Krugman as Lt. Cope, and Matt Rupp as Commander Armbruster. Photo by Lisa Gavan.

The plays are brought to life by nine student actors, each playing a variety of roles. They are: Anneka Billick, Ben Bower, Savanna Cowley, Ella Hall, Laila Krugman, Maggie Lareau, Matt Rupp, Jalen Steudle, and Sarah Wajdi. The crew includes stage manager Joyce Zhou, student tech director Lisette Gold, and makeup head Lilli Shehan.

Skyline Theatre presents “Blue Sky New Works Festival,” directed by Brodie H. Brockie, on February 28 and 29 at 7:30 PM in the Skyline Auditorium, 2552 N. Maple Rd, Ann Arbor. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.

Jules (Anneka Billick) and Jo (Sarah Wajdi) sort seeds and wonder why they’ve really been assigned such drudgery in “Seed Sorters.” Photo by Lisa Gavan.

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