CORVALLIS - Student actors in the University Theatre program at Oregon State University will present their annual Spring One-Act festival beginning Wednesday, May 27.

This year's festival consists of seven different one-act plays directed by members of the University Theatre's course in advanced directing. The plays draw from a range of authors and styles, including parody, drama, farce and even a script translated from Japanese.

The festival involves more than 35 OSU students, as directors, actors and behind-the-scenes personnel. The seven plays will each be performed twice in the Withycombe Lab Theatre (east entrance, 30th and Campus Way) over the course of the festival's four days, May 27-30.

Playing Wednesday, May 27, and Friday, May 29, are: "The Sausage Eaters," by Stephen Sarosta (directed by Jennifer Backstrand, junior in theater arts); "Naomi in the Living Room," by Christopher Durang (directed by Stacie Reichmuth, senior in theater arts); "Words, Words, Words," by David Ives (directed by Adam Goodrich, senior in theater arts); and "Field Day," by Leslie Kaufman (directed by Sheryl Parker, senior in theater arts).

Playing Thursday, May 28, and Saturday, May 30, are: "For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls," by Christopher Durang (directed by Sarah Ericksen, senior in theater arts); "The Universal Language," by David Ives (directed by Dan Fisher, junior in forest recreation); and "The Man Who Turned Into a Stick (Death)," by Kobo Abe and translated by Donald Keene (directed by Nick Levine, junior in theater arts).

Several of the plays in this year's festival contain language and subject matter which some viewers may find objectionable. Curtain for all performances is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $2 for each night of performance and may be purchased at the door only (no pre-sold tickets or reservations are available).

For more information call the University Theatre office at 737-2853.

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Marion Rossi, 541-737-2853