GRCC Players is our name for all students who participate in GRCC productions, either onstage or behind the scenes. We in the theater department pride ourselves on offering stimulating theater that challenges and educates (and hopefully entertains) our students and audience. We offer college credit for participation in student productions (kind of like "pay to play", 'cept ya don't hafta pay if ya don't need the credit). Every fall and winter the faculty direct mainstage productions, and every winter we select a few students to direct an evening of one act plays. Students have designed lighting, costuming, scenery, and sound for a number of our productions.
Next up for our 2016/2017 season:
Facing Our Truth: 10 minute plays on Trayvon, Race, and Privilege by A. Rey Pamatmat, Dan O'Brien, Dominique Morisseau, Mona Mansour, Winter Miller, Marcus Gardley, Tala Manassah, Quetzal Flores Jan 26 - 28 and Feb 2 - 4 at 8pm, Spectrum Theater Lab Space (Room 201). Seating is limited, call (616) 234-3946 to purchase tickets. Directed by GRCC Theater Alum Sammy A Publes, the cast includes the following students: Rodney Cobbins, Maleny Crespo, Felicia, Michael Francis, Marqea Lee, Jenna Lubs, Ariadna Ramirez Guerrero, and Anthony Snead. Stage managers: Charlene Sommer & Breezy Squires.
As posted on Samuel French – www.samuelfrench.com
In light of the George Zimmerman verdict, The New Black Fest commissioned six very diverse playwrights to write 10-minute plays on the topic of Trayvon Martin, race and/or privilege. Facing Our Truth's purpose is to incite serious discussion in our collective communities around these urgent issues.
THE STORIES: The collection, Facing Our Truth: Ten Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilegeis comprised of the following plays:
THE BALLAD OF GEORGE ZIMMERMAN text by Dan O’Brien music by Quetzal Flores
A folk opera recreating the ten minutes leading to the murder of Trayvon Martin, The Ballad of George Zimmerman explores the mind of his killer.
COLORED by Winter Miller
Interactions between passengers on a subway ride escalate dangerously.
DRESSING by Mona Mansour & Tala Manassah
In Dressing, a short play in three parts, a mother teases her son over his attire just as he gets ready to leave for school. He pushes back playfully; they play this game all the time. Parts two and three follow this mother as she experiences an unimaginable loss, shedding light on the nature of the vulnerability of the physical self.
NIGHT VISION by Dominique Morisseau
Ayanna and Ezra witness a woman getting beaten on the street by a man in a hooded sweatshirt. After they diffuse the situation they return to their apartment to call the police. However, when they discover how their accounts of the attacker differ, both are left questioning the truth of what they saw.
NO MORE MONSTERS HERE by Marcus Gardley
No More Monsters Here is a satire about a young white female who visits a psychiatrist and gets diagnosed with "Negro-phobia": a fear of African American people. The psychiatrist tells her that the cure is for her to spend three days literally living in the body of a young African American male who lives in the hood. The end result is a revelation that will make you laugh, shock you and perhaps break your heart!
SOME OTHER KID by A. Rey Pamatmat
Three young people weigh both the potentially liberating privileges and the potentially deadly consequences of being just some other kid.
Told in ten scenes, the play begins in the dark, as Jasper confesses his feelings of isolation to the audience. But he becomes unnerved in the dark and calls for lights. In the first scene, Jasper is stuck between floors on an elevator with a claustrophobic man, who goes quickly and hilariously over the edge. At work, a sleazy coworker gives him farcical advice on how to pick up women, and that night Jasper goes to a bookstore and tries to pick up a pretty clerk, Holly. He strikes out badly, but is picked up by another woman, who takes him home…where she lives with her boyfriend. A ride on the subway turns into a comic free-for-all as he and other riders enthusiastically give advice to a lost tourist. Jasper crosses paths with Holly again at a party and gamely starts a conversation, hoping she won't recognize him, but she does and teases him flirtatiously. On their first date, Jasper and Holly go to a cozy restaurant for quiet conversation, but the couple seated on one side of them erupts in a battle of the sexes, while the couple on the other side engages in passionate verbal foreplay. Later, Jasper walks Holly home and their conversation seems mundane, but their fantasies about each other are anything but. A chance encounter with a homeless man forces Jasper to gain some perspective on his life. Back at work, Jasper snaps when a friend tells him Holly is dating someone else. He loses his cool, kicks a chair, breaks his foot, and gets fired. Feeling suddenly liberated, he hobbles to Holly's bookstore and asks her if she is seeing someone else. She isn't. They kiss—and leave immediately for the hospital. In the end, Jasper briefly talks to the audience again, understanding he must accept life's uncertainties, which aren't all bad, and make the best of things.
"…a smart, sharply crafted play." —NYTheatre.com. "…masterful…delightful…" —Stage Directions Magazine. "Craig Pospisil does something rare and difficult in his episodic comedy…The laughs come easily and frequently." —City News. "It's a wonderful play. It's a quirky and romantic comedy…but it's also alive with contemporary social poignancy." —Dayton Daily News. "SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN is a smart, clever, contemporary piece of theater." —Cincinnati City Beat.
Learn more about upcoming auditions.
You do not need to be a theater student to audition — ALL GRCC students are welcome at Spectrum Theater!