'Back in the Future' One Act plays to be performed

Mount Mercy University will present a series of One Act plays May 4 & 5 at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the McAuley Theater. The plays, collectively titled Back in the Future, are free and open to the public, seating may be limited.

Back in the Future will showcase two One Act plays each evening, each directed by a Mount Mercy University student as part of their capstone drama project. The plays take place in the past, offering a journey starting in medieval times and taking the audience through the late 80's. The theme is love -- love isn't just a word. Even in death love will reign for years into the future.

The One Acts include the plays A Long Time Ago and A Girl's Guide to Chaos.

A Long Time Ago
Directed by senior speech communication/secondary education major Jamie Zaruba.

A Long Time Ago is a Gothic period, tragic one-act play that takes place in a palace court yard with a rose covered archway. Rejected by her Prince, the Queen seeks revenge through an unexpected alliance with The Fool.

In addition to directing the A Long Time Ago, Zaruba has recently performed in Mount Mercy's spring production of Pinkalicious: The Musical, and has made appearances on the Mount Mercy stage during An Inspector Calls, Scapino, and Plaza Suite.

Cast list for A Long Time Ago includes:
- OLD WOMAN: Katie Akers, junior management major from Palo, Iowa
- SAILOR: Jarod Heims, sophomore mathematics major from Monticello, Iowa
- THE FOOL: Taylor Foster, junior communication major from Cedar Rapids
- THE QUEEN: Laura Blythe, sophomore secondary education major from Cedar Rapids
- THE PRINCE: Ben Wood, senior communication major from Cascade, Iowa
- SOLDIER: Charles Krebs, son of dining services' Bill Krebs

A Girl's Guide to Chaos
Directed by junior secondary education major Miaree Ure-Harmon.

A Girl's Guide to Chaos tracks the sexual adventures, catastrophes, fears and failures of three single New York women in the 1980's.

Ure-Harmon has recently appeared in the Mount Mercy production of An Inspector Calls.

Cast list for A Girl's Guide to Chaos includes:
- LURENE: Kate Till, freshman secondary education major from Maquoketa, Iowa
- RITA: Casey Birkicht, junior English major from Winthrop, Iowa
- CLEO: Kelsey Fenton, freshman nursing major from Burlington, Iowa
- JAKE: Danny Wayson, freshman psychology major from North Liberty, Iowa
- CYNTHIA: Rebecca Redmond, junior fine arts major from Bernard, Iowa 

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