Winter One Acts Festival

The One Acts Festival offers upwards of 30 acting opportunities and countless design and admin responsibilities—and it’s all student-directed and -managed. This is a great way to get your feet wet, flex your muscles, run it up the flagpole, and try theater on for size!

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  • 2019

    Join us for the 2019 Winter One Acts Festival! The festival is produced and designed by GDS High School students. All short plays will be performed every night, with a brief intermission. The run time for the entire evening is about two hours.

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  • Medea

    Written by: Christopher Durang and Wendy Wasserstein
    Director: B​ill George​
    Stage Manager:​ Margaret Tilmes ‘20 

    A Greek tragedy becomes a hilarious parody when Medea and her chorus of three mournful women try to figure out if it’s appropriate to kill her children and to punish her husband. Jason, the Argonaut, shows up; so does a messenger with news of Lady Teazel; and a Deus ex Machina comes in to cheer everybody up. Don’t miss this hoedown of a show.

    Medea: Maddie Brown ‘19
    Jason: Oliver Satola ‘20
    Angel/Messenger: Elliot Oppenheim ‘21
    Chorus Woman 1: Mia Young ‘19
    Chorus Woman 2: Isabelle Orr ‘22
    Chorus Woman 3: Tess Thornton ‘20
  • The Ties That Bind

    Written by: Eric Coble
    Director: W​ill Foster ‘19
    Stage Manager: W​ill Fitzgerald ‘20

    Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the most exciting nights of your adult lives! Come see the Astounding Krispinsky​TM ​spit in the face of death itself once again as he defies all expectations in his latest escape. There to accompany him is not his trusty loincloth, but his announcer and together with our lovely stage Hands (both #1 and #2) you are sure to be left in shock and awe after this amazing show! (The Ties That Bind featuring  The Astounding KrispinskyTM ​is not responsible for any injuries that may occur during the performance, please keep in mind the show may contain dark themes, life lessons, existentialism, flashing lights, loud sounds, bad parents, and religious themes.)

    Krispinsky: Ryan Cull ‘20
    Marco: Caleigh Vergeer ‘21
    Stagehand #1: Maya Landweber ‘22
    Stagehand #2: Will Fitzgerald ‘20
  • The Field

    Written by: Robert Spera
    Director: A​lexander Carnot ‘19
    ​Stage Manager: J​ohn Modelfino ‘19

    Trapped in a minefield, two soldiers grapple with their situation on the front lines and at home, wondering if there really is a home to go back to. Both cling to each other as they delicately take each step, wondering if their next step will be their last.

    Mickey: Mihir Kesavan ‘20
    Jake: Alexander Carnot ‘19
  • Babel’s in Arms

    Written by: David Ives
    Director: N​ick Moen ‘19
    Stage Manager: P​hilip Showitz ‘19

    Two blue-collar Mesopotamian construction workers are handed a provocative task: build the Tower of Babel—or else. How many stones does it take to get to Heaven, anyway?

    Gorph: Eli Faber ‘22
    Cannaphlit: Mateo Brown ‘21
    Businesswoman: Corina Capuano ‘19
  • Business Lunch at the Russian Tea Room?

    Written by: Christopher Durang
    Director: C​ole Wright-Schaner ‘19
    Stage Manager: A​lma Haft ‘21

    You Won’t Believe The Job This Hollywood Agent Assigns!!! // Health Properties of Doing Laundry(?!??!) // 10 Reasons Borscht Is Dangerous (18+) // Untitled Tina Fey Project LEAKED // Al Pacino as Leather Daddy in Bugsy Malone // Gay Clergy?! All these and more will be addressed in B​usiness Lunch at the Russian Tea Room​!

    Chris: Jamie Hedlund ‘19
    Melissa Stearn: Gigi Silla ‘20
    Margaret: Berret Yuffee ‘20
    Ensemble: Jenna Schulman ‘19
    Ensemble: Max Grosman ‘22
  • Nightswim

    Written by: Julia Jordan
    Director: S​ophie Warshauer ‘19
    Stage Manager: S​hira Minsk ‘19

    Nightswim is the story of two young girls, Rosie and Christina, who adventured to try skinny-dipping one night before being caught, humiliated, and objectified by policemen. Those same officers have just been awarded medals of honor for their heroic work, and the girls can't stand to see them praised by the press. One night, Rosie comes to Christina's doorstep to invite her to skinny-dip again in order to stand up to the cops. Through this story, the two girls learn to stand up for themselves and face their fears, taking agency over their own actions.

    Rosie: Anjali Bose ‘20
    Christina: Revati Mahurkar ‘19
  • Foreplay or The Art of the Fugue

    Author: David Ives
    Director: Isabel Adler ‘19
    Stage Manager: Gari Puckrein ‘20

    Chuck takes his crush on a date at a miniature golf course. When they move on to the second hole, an older Chuck appears with another date, using the same line. When they move on to the third hole, Chuck, who is now in his late 30s, appears with his young date. His latest date doesn’t get his jokes, and worse, she’s beating him at golf!

    Amy: Felicia Paul ‘22
    Chuck: Aidan Kohn-Murphy ‘22
    Annie: Lily Singh ‘21
    Chuck II: Julian Galkin ‘22
    Alma: Stella Tongour ‘22
    Chuck III: Fiore Petricone ‘21

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Past Seasons

  • Winter One-Acts 2015. Photos courtesy of Dominic Bianchi
    Winter 2015: One Acts Festival

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