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‘No Reservations’ Short Play Compilation Explores Private Conversations

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Oftentimes, private moments and conversations take place in public places.

The theatre arts department will explore those moments this weekend through its compilation of ten-minute plays, called “No Reservations.”

web-4Students will perform the play, directed by Professor of Theatre Arts Rick Hyde, on Oct. 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Showboat Theatre.

Each of the eight short plays in the compilation takes place in a restaurant.

“There’s a whole bunch of different characters: high school kids fighting, married couples, people who are out on dates, trying to meet others,” Hyde said. “Most of them have to do with people trying to discover who the person across the table is, and what that means to them.”

Hyde said 10-minute play compilations have become very popular at small theaters across the country. A few of the plays that make up “No Reservations” debuted at the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival this past spring.

Eight student actors will play four or more characters throughout the evening. The set, however, will remain largely the same throughout the show’s entirety. Hyde said this challenges the actors to set each of the eight plays apart largely through their own acting and emotion.

He hopes seeing the show will make audiences consider and appreciate the conversations they overhear and the people they observe.

“My whole life, I’ve sat down in public places and tried to figure out others’ stories,” he said. “Maybe the next time they sit down at a restaurant and overhear people whose voices are raised, they’ll realize that those people are living their lives.”

The lobby will open at 6:30 for each performance. Seating is limited, so attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Due to some strong language, the show is recommended for those 16 and over. The show runs about two hours in its entirety.

Learn more about theatre arts at Hiram College.

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