Dramshop one-acts program reamainsh healthy
Concerning the review of the recent Dramashop student-written one-act plays: I was alarmed by The Tech's premature -- indeed erroneous -- report of the death of the one-acts program ["Dramashop one-act plays mark the end of an era," Mar. 21] especially as I can attest to having just spent the last two weeks arranging for next year's production schedule, including an evening of student-written one-acts to be presented in Kresge Little Theatre in May 1990.
Details change over the years in any vital, developing program (when I first came to the Institute, for example, student scripts were neither solicited nor produced if submitted). Change is not synonymous with decline. Yes, there will be some differences next year: the first-term one acts will be converted into Workshop opportunities wherein our strongly-motivated students can form production units around material which they especially wish to explore, and which can be formed at any time during the year when they have openings in their schedules, not just at one time in the fall. The goal of the Workshops, then, is actually to increase the range and flexibility of student production. And yes, Dramashop Director Robert Scanlan, who has directed superlative productions and inspired enormous love for drama among the students in the last dozen years, is leaving. However the Dramashop staff remains firmly in place, with no intention of diminishing either our standards or our accessibility to the students who are the entire reason for our being at the Institute.
It would be deeply unfortunate if The Tech's "epitaph" discouraged students from submitting scripts or joining Dramashop in the mistaken belief that the program is moribund, thereby unwittingly precipitating the decline of the program. Dramashop celebrates the accomplishments of our student writers, actors, directors, designers, and technicians. We intend to keep on working with them as closely and creatively as ever.
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(Editor's note: In past years, Dramashop has considered the student-written scripts to be only a part of its one-act program, which included four evenings of one-acts per year. Each evening was followed by a critique involving directors, actors, and audience. Next year no one-acts, other than the student-written scripts, are planned.)