By Kristen Miller
DASSEL, MN Director Dave Metcalf and the Fungus Amongus Players are presenting “An Evening of Short Plays” in an effort to raise funds for upcoming theater competitions.
Five short one-act plays (roughly 15-30 minutes each) will be performed back-to-back Thursday, May 31 and again Monday, June 4 at 7 p.m. on the third level of the Dassel History Center and Ergot Museum.
All performed by local actors, the plays range from comical to sentimental to downright silly, but fun for the whole family, according to Metcalf.
The five plays include:
• “Arabian Nights” a traveling businessman, played by Tom Nelson, meets a shy middle-eastern shopkeeper, played by Hope Horstman, aided by a romantically-minded interpreter, performed by Jon Benson.
• “Relative Strangers” two women, played by Becky Hungerford and Amanda Imberg, meet on a plane and discover the answer to each other’s familial void.
• “Lives of Saints” featuring Linda Metcalf and Jean Paulson, is about two elderly “church basement ladies” preparing a funeral breakfast.
• “Bar and Ger” a story of a brother, played by Sam Rydberg, and his sister, played by Ashley Budde, is told in brief flashbacks of memory.
• “Babel’s In Arms” two inept Mesopotamians, played by Ron and Neal Hungerford, are commissioned to build the Tower of Babel.
There are roughly 20 actors in total, many of whom were involved in “Arsenic and Old Lace,” the most recent of the Fungus Amongus productions.
General admission tickets for the two evenings will be sold at the door, with seating accommodating roughly 70 people.
Since this is a fundraiser, production sets will be minimal in order to keep costs down. Much of the props are invisible, allowing one to use their own imagination to create a set.
Proceeds will help fund expenses for community theatre actors to participate in Minnesota Association of Community Theatres (MACT) Fast Fest, a festival of short plays, in June; and the MACT Fest competition in 2013.
“Bar and Ger” will be performed at the MACT Fast Fest in Lakeville at Lakeville Arts Center Saturday, June 16.