Theater Western’s annual Purple Shorts festival is the perfect way to punctuate the cold desolation of post-holiday winter.

The festival features six one-act plays that will be preformed over the span of two nights. The plays are student-written, student directed, and student preformed.

All of the plays are preformed in black-box theater that involves minimal set and props.

According to Purple Shorts executive Justine Richards, opportunity is what makes Purple Shorts different from other theater festivals.

“Theatre Western tries to shape Purple Shorts into the stepping stone for those interested in theatre but aren’t quite ready for the fall play or spring musical,” says Richards.

All students welcome

Purple Shorts is the only Western theater production that is fully created by students, from stagehands to directing.

The festival offers students from different faculties an opportunity to try their hand at acting and production.

The cast of 'I found my friends they’re in my head' by Nik Buchowski.
The cast of ‘I found my friends they’re in my head’ by Nik Buchowski.

“Last year I auditioned on a whim,” says Engineering student and former Purple Shorts participant Sanjayan Kulendran. “And it ended up being one of the most rewarding experiences of my university career.”

The plays range from comedy to drama and address a wide variety of topics. In other words – Purple Shorts has got something for everyone.

Quick and easy

Instead of going to an expensive, crowded restaurant on Valentine’s Day why not support local theater! The plays are short (around 20 minutes) and alcohol can be purchased at the venue.

Although the event is student-run, attendance is open to the general public and members of the community are encouraged to come.

Purple Shorts, according to student director Trisha Kershaw, is a unique production that introduces students to the world of theater and gives them “a much needed outlet that takes them away from their busy academic lives.”

The cast of 'Forks and Knives' by Tess Piccolo.
The cast of ‘Forks and Knives’ by Tess Piccolo.

So if you’re looking for something to do on a Tuesday and Wednesday night or can’t figure out where to take your Valentine’s date, why not give Purple Shorts a shot?

The plays begin at 10 p.m. each night at the Wave on campus. Tickets can be purchased in the UCC or bought at the door. It costs $10 for one night and $15 for both.

The money goes to Theater Western and is used to pay for production costs as well as renting out the venue.

 

1 COMMENT

  1. “Theatre Western tries to shape Purple Shorts into the stepping stone for those interested in theatre but aren’t quite ready for the fall play or spring musical,” says Richards.

    This comment completely disregards the original content created by student writers as well as the work of student directors and actors. Purple Shorts is not a subpar or second tier opportunity. It should be given equal recognition regardless of students who choose to participate in Purple Shorts over the fall or spring musical. The Head of Purple Shorts should be the number one person who recognizes this and respects it.

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