Claremore Daily Progress

February 12, 2014

RSU Theatre presents ‘Love Locked’

Tom Fink
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE — Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Rogers State University Theatre Program presents “Love Locked,” two one-act plays about love, to be performed Feb. 12-15 in Claremore and Bartlesville.

The production premiered Wednesday and will be presented again Thursday at the Baird Hall Performance Studio on the Claremore campus, then will move to the Bartlesville Community Center on Friday and Saturday.

All performances will begin at 7:07 p.m.

RSU students performing in the play are Keenan Mackey of Cushing, Eric Giddeon of Cushing, Matt McCann of Miami, Stirling Mackie of Claremore, Hannah Westlund of Owasso and Rachel Smith of Jenks. The play is directed by RSU associate professor David Blakely, who also is the RSU Theatre Program director.

“Prom Night” by Sylvia Davenport-Veith won second place in the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild Play Competition for Youth Theatre.  The play centers on a boy and a girl who separately leave their prom and the unlikely couple meet in the woods while still dressed in their fancy prom clothes.

During the course of the evening, they tell the truth to each other, share secret wishes and find out what’s really behind their stories.

“Present Tense” by John McNamara also centers on prom and insecurities of youth. The story features a series of imaginative and humorous blackouts where the main character’s worst fears become real as we see all that is going on inside his head through wildly exaggerated daydreams depicting the fear and embarrassment of possible rejection by the girl he loves.

Admission for regular performances is $10 for adults, $6 for seniors and $2 for RSU faculty, staff and students who present university ID.

All proceeds will benefit student participation in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival regional competition.

Seating is limited to 99 for the Baird Hall Performance Studio, so reservations with the theatre department box office are strongly recommended.

The next scheduled production for RSU Theatre is “Speech and Debate,” on April 10-12 and 17-19 at the Will Rogers Auditorium.

For more information, call the RSU Theatre box office at (918) 343-6882.