'Raider Red's One-Act Play Spectacular' Showcases Original Work

The show opens March 29 and features six original pieces written, directed, designed and performed by Texas Tech graduate and undergraduate students.

Written by Jeff Day

Blane Womack and Tamara Prospero star in

Blane Womack and Tamara Prospero star in "Moral Compass," one of the six original plays completely produced in every aspect by students, centers around a DEA agent that regrets a decision to terminate a woman.

The Department of Theatre and Dance will present its annual “Raider Red’s One-Act Play Spectacular (RROAPS)” beginning March 29 and running through April 4 in the Lab Theatre. All performances are at 8 p.m., excluding the Sunday matinee which begins at 2 p.m.

"'RROAPS' is special in that it fosters the birth of six brand-new plays," said Shannon Hurleigh, a graduate student in the arts administration program and this year’s producer. "It is somewhat unique having a forum where a playwright can watch their work come to life in rehearsal, or for a director to have immediate access to a playwright."

Approximately 52 graduate and undergraduate students are involved in this year’s production, with first-year students working side-by-side current Ph.D. students in a collaborative process that fosters both personal and professional growth and learning.

“We pride ourselves on our performances of original plays completely produced in every aspect by students. All those involved get a great amount of experience in collaborating, which is essential in the practice of theatre,” Hurleigh said.

This year’s lineup of one-act plays features something for all audiences.

  • “The Pyre of Suttee” examines the cycle and consequences of domestic violence
  • “Moral Compass” centers around a DEA agent that regrets a decision to terminate a woman
  • “Stuck in the Middle With You” is an absurd comedy populated by ghosts and aliens
  • “A Box to Scream In” is a non-traditional look at modern life
  • “Red Blood on White Snow” probes the dangers of embracing retribution as a moral imperative
  • “The New Carpenter” introduces some veteran carpenters to a new guy on the job site

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students with a valid Texas Tech ID. For more information, call the Maedgen Theatre box office at (806) 742-3603.

School of Theatre & Dance

Department of Theatre and Dance

Texas Tech School of Theatre & Dance is part of the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts. It is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, and fosters the highest standards of scholarship and creative activity, providing opportunities for students and faculty to work actively in both areas. It champions training and education in a breadth of specialized programs, encourages students to cross boundaries between them, and prepares them for careers in both practice and pedagogy. By integrating theory, artistry, performance and scholarship, and striving to promote an inclusive and equitable environment, the school serves as a vital force in the cultural and intellectual life of our communities.

The university is one of two in Texas to offer all traditional degrees in theatre, and one of only three in the southwest to offer a Ph.D. in fine arts.

Students in the School of Theatre & Dance pursue a core curriculum that includes training in the areas of design, acting, directing, dance, stage management, history and playwriting.



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