Theater students from Western Carolina University will present a light look at relationships with “Romantic Fools” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 6-9, in Niggli Theatre.
With influences including Monty Python, the Marx Brothers, “Saturday Night Live” and classic vaudeville, “Romantic Fools,” by Rich Orloff, comprises 12 two-character shorts with topics from blind dates to the frustrations of having a perfect mate. The play stars WCU students Christina Banner, Christina DeSoto, Andrew Drake, Chris Evans, Courtney Olivier, John R. Raines, Jordan Snead and Tara Williams. Peter Savage, a faculty member in the School of Stage and Screen, will direct. While a comedy, the play is for mature audiences.
“Romantic Fools” is the first in the new Niggli Series, featuring intimate, contemporary plays all staged in the Niggli Theatre, located in the Stillwell Building. The Niggli Series, part of the overall Mainstage season, uses an acting company, called the Third Rail Players, to fill all roles in staging a production, said Thomas Salzman, director of the School of Stage and Screen.
“The actors are involved in all aspects of the production, from acting to lights to sets to props. The actors you see on stage during this production might rotate into other roles backstage or vice versa during the other two productions of the Niggli Series,” Salzman said. “It’s a new experiment that allows all the actors to learn not just their parts but also how all the parts fit together to create a complete production. They could conceivably graduate and put together a whole production to showcase their talents instead of waiting to be cast by others.”
The next play in the Niggli Series is “Reasons to be Pretty” by Neil LaBute, Feb. 9-12, about the frustrations of love; followed by “TheAtrainplays, Vol. 2,” April 13-16, created by various playwrights under a tight deadline in one of New York’s most famous subway lines.
Tickets to “Romantic Fools” cost $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and WCU employees, and $5 for students. Seating is reserved, with tickets available at the door or in advance at the box office of the Fine and Performing Arts Center. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 828-227-2479 or go online to theatretickets.wcu.edu.