CORVALLIS - Students from Oregon State University will present and produce a series of six one-act comical, yet thought-provoking plays June 6-8 during the annual Spring One-Act Festival in OSU's Withycombe Hall Lab Theater.

Acted and directed by students, the plays range from parody to quirky comedy. They may contain language and subject material that some people may find objectionable.

Leading off the series is "Dr. Fish," written by Murray Schisgal and directed by Malinda Shell. It features a wacky sex therapist named Dr. Fish who attempts to counsel a couple with marital problems.

Next up is "Arabian Nights," written by David Ives and directed by J.C. Howry. It focuses on a man in a foreign land who, aided by his hilarious interpreter, searches for a souvenir.

The third offering is "Power Lunch," written by Alan Ball and directed by Setenay Yener. In a restaurant, over lunch, a couple explores the power dynamics of their relationship with humorous and unexpected results.

The fourth play was also written by Ives and directed by Howry. "The Philadelphia" is about a man trapped in a kind of Twilight Zone. Amy Alexander is directing the fifth one-act play, "For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls." Written by Christopher Durang, it spoofs "The Glass Menagerie," following the adventures of a comically dysfunctional family.

The evening concludes with "Time Flies," written by Ives and directed by Marianne Brown. It portrays the only day in the life of two insects, May and Horace, who must make the most of their brief opportunity to seize the moment.

The performances begin at 7:30 p.m. each day in the lab theater, which has an east entrance at 30th Street and Campus Way. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $3 beginning 30 minutes before curtain time.

For more information, call 5541-737-2853.

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Amy Alexander, 541-738-6266