Bethany to present ‘A Night of Three One-Acts’

ON STAGE — Top, John Sadar, Wesley Crockett, Elisha Holder, Aubree Gray and Aidan Morgan star in Bethany College’s production of “Disney in Deutschland,” which is being presented as part of three one-act plays. Right, Camila Cuevas and Yasmeene Henderson star rehearse for “Phone Arts.” -- Contributed

BETHANY — The Bethany College Theater Department will continue its 2019-20 season with a presentation of three one-act plays, “What Happens Behind the Bar…” by c; “Phone Arts” by L. B. Hamilton; and “Disney in Deutschland” by John J. Powers.

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Nov. 14, 15 and 16, and 2 p.m. Nov. 17 in Wailes Theatre, located in Steinman Hall on the Bethany College campus.

“What Happens Behind the Bar…,” directed by student Jordan Moore of Washington, Pa., tells the story of four Texans following a dust-up inside the bar.

“Phone Arts,” directed by student Kerry Kerr of Lawrenceville, Ga., examines the conflict a same-sex couple faces over the work one does as a phone sex operator.

“Disney in Deutschland,” directed by Bethany College Director of Theatre Luke Hardt, is a speculation on a true incident: In 1935, Adolf Hitler hosted Walt Disney in his vacation home, Berghof.

SET TO PERFORM — Camila Cuevas and Yasmeene Henderson rehearse for “Phone Arts.”

It’s a well-rounded set of plays, Hardt said.

In “What Happened Behind the Bar…,” Keith Hardt of Bethany plays Sam who, with his buddy, Ray (portrayed by alumnus Rich Oliver of Weirton), have just exited the bar to relieve themselves. They are soon joined by pregnant Carrie, (Wesley Crockett of Rusk, Texas) and barfing Pattie (Trinity Dixon of Bowe, Md.).

This is followed by another short comedy, “Phone Arts,” which takes an introspective look on intersectional relations between a same-sex couple. Jane (Yasmeene Henderson of Pittsburgh) struggles to bake, work the telephone and appease her disapproving partner, Moire (Camila Cuevas of New York).

After an intermission, a longer one-act, “Disney in Deutschland,” imagines the conversation and events of a meeting between Adolf Hitler (Elisha Holder of Bartlesville, Okla.), Walt Disney (Aidan Morgan of West Liberty, Ky.), Leni Riefenstahl (Aubree Gray of Moundsville) and Joseph Goebbels (John Sadar of Dillonvale.) Wesley Crockett plays Hitler’s mother and Goebbels’ wife and Kyle Jennings of Weirton plays Hitler’s adjutant, Helmut Krauss.

Admission is free or by donation. For information or reservations, call (304) 829-7124.


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