First-Ever Tritonysia Play Festival Premieres at Triton College May 5
Stories of difficult choices, consequences, oppression, love and redemption will be on display during the first ever Tritonysia Play Festival at Triton College next month.
The Tritonysia features original short plays written by Triton College students, faculty and community members that will whisk audiences away to every corner of the globe and introduce them to fascinating characters from all walks of life – including some from beyond the confines of Earth. The festival was created by Triton College Visual, Performing and Communication Arts Department faculty member and Chicago theatre veteran Sommer Austin.
The Tritonysia is inspired by the ancient Greek festival, the Dionysia, which honored the god Dionysus in many ways, including with a contest of stage plays.
Highlights of the festival include REFUGEE CAMP WEDDING, written by Rohina Malik and directed by Austin. Audiences will be captivated when things don’t go according to plan as MJ and Billy are about to wed in a Syrian refugee camp. Malik is a critically acclaimed playwright and performer who has been nominated for and received a myriad of awards. Her work will be featured at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre later this year.
Other plays in the Tritonysia include THE BOOK OF JUDITH, written by Hope Rehak and directed by Austin. Tension builds as a woman ponders the possible life-long consequences of her split-second actions.
Additionally, friendships are tested as racism is suspected on a small college campus In PLEDGING, written by Janet Ruth Heller and directed by James Mann.
The full list of plays is as follows:
1971 by Jack Schultz (Directed by Sommer Austin**)
AFTERGLOW by Stefan Brundage (Directed by Sommer Austin**)
REFUGEE CAMP WEDDING by Rohina Malik^ (Directed by Sommer Austin**)
GUIDELINES FOR PUBLIC SPEAKING by Jim Jacob^^ (Directed by Neomara Serges*)
MICKEY CARES by Mia McCullough (Directed by Sommer Austin**)
PERSONAL CONSCIOUS by Mary Berrum* (Directed by Bonnie R. Phillips*)
PLEDGING by Janet Ruth Heller (Directed by James Mann*)
POSITIONS AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY, LOCAL FIRM by Kevin J. Miller** (Directed by Mary Berrum*)
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS by Shawn Duncan* (Directed by Tina Williams*)
THE CATCH by Scot Savage** (Directed by Isabella Cartagena* and Diamond Gray*)
THE BOOK OF JUDITH by Hope Rehak (Directed by Sommer Austin**)
* Denotes Current/Former Triton Student
** Denotes Triton Staff/Faculty
^ Denotes Parent of a Triton Student
^^ Denotes Oak Park Community Member
The Tritonysia Play Festival performances are May 5-7 and 12-14 in the Cox Auditorium of the Fine Arts Building (J Building), located on the west side of Triton’s campus, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove.
Shows begin Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.
The Tritonysia play festival is this season’s final theatre production of Triton’s Visual, Performing and Communication Arts Department.
Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 for the general public and $5 for seniors (credit/debit cards are not accepted). For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3506, or visit www.triton.edu/entertainment.