Students pen theatre productions

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Kelly Hurla / Washburn Review

Flaws and uncertainty, drinking with friends and a night in are all parts that bring “Wet Ink” together.  “Wet Ink” is a series of three student-written plays set to be performed at Washburn University March 8 though March 11.

“Wet Ink” will begin at 7:30 pm. for the March 8 show, with encore performances March 9 and March 10. March 11 will be a matinee performance at 2 pm. As with several Washburn Theatre productions, “Wet Ink” is free with a Washburn ID and $8 for general admission.

To start off the evening, the audience will view “Flaws and Uncertainty.” Although a dramatic play, bits of humor will be present, as well.

“I’ve always been interested in writing. I write as much as I can, whenever I can, whatever I can,” said Heather Ives, senior theatre major. “Playwriting combines my love of the theatre with my love of writing.”

Ives concludes that a main theme behind her playwright is simply “hate kills.” After Ives’ drama, a short intermission will take place and then the audience will be treated to some comic relief.

“I think having the drama first is a really good thing,” said Elise Barnett, junior English creative writing major. “It’s a really painful and kind of hard hitting drama, so I wouldn’t want people to have that last and to have people leaving the theater feeling like that. I’m glad we get to take a break, come back and make them laugh.”

I’m glad we get to take a break, come back and make them laugh.”

Barnett’s play, “Drinking with Friends” entails exactly what the title states.  Barnett sums up the play of three friends and their random, ridiculous and at times offensive thoughts.  Although Barnett has never acted before, she will portray the character Alex in her own playwright.  New to acting, Barnett isn’t new to writing. A poetry writer at heart, Barnett liked the challenge of writing something with less description and more dialogue.

Through the dialogue and actions of her characters Barnett hopes that the audience can take away a central idea.

“Just relax and realize that you don’t have to have everything figured out,” said Barnett. “Be happy and recognize the people you have in life that are there to help you out.”

Another comedy, “A Night In,” will finish off the evening.  This play entails the story of a couple staying in and discussing their mutual friend’s breakup, which was essentially over tampons.

Although comedic, “A Night In” has a central idea as well.

“It’s important to know that just because you perceive things or think a certain way, it’s not necessarily something that you have to do,” said Arissa Utemark, senior mass media film and video major. “Just because other people follow a specific script doesn’t mean you have to.”

Utemark wasn’t new to the experience of playwriting, having two previous works selected for stage readings. For Utemark and the other playwrights, this will be the first time having one of their plays set for production.

“It’s people saying your words in a way… You say them in your head while you’re writing and you don’t imagine how good they can sound until other people read them,” said Utemark. “It’s my thoughts and actions on stage for everyone to see.”