February 18 – 20
The three plays being presented are Overtones (1913), He Said and She Said (1922), and The Illuminati in Dramatis Libre (1919). All three will be presented each evening.
Three One Act Plays consists of three one-act plays by Alice Gerstenberg (1885 – 1972).
She is considered by some to be one of the first American feminist dramatists of the 20th century. In 1912 she became involved in The Little Theatre Movement where theatre companies formed to produce more intimate, non-commercial, experimental and reform-minded entertainment. Many of Gerstenberg’s plays critiqued the social roles and decisions which constrained women of the time. She was committed to making non-commercialized theater available to new regional playwrights and found opportunities to see their plays produced. In 1921 she founded the Junior League Children’s Theater in Chicago. In 1922 she founded the Playwrights Theater. She also supported an amateur theater company which was eventually named for her in 1955. She continued to write both plays and novels, act and organize throughout her life.
Directed by Ryan Kerr and featuring: Sam Sayer, Carol Lawless, Hilary Wear, Naomi Duvall, and Jon Hedderwick.