The Wood River High School drama department has announced a series of dates and times for its annual program of one-act plays.
Student casts and crews will present three short plays on Monday, April 22, through Wednesday, April 24. Each performance will begin at 6 p.m. and tickets cost $3 apiece or two for $5.
Kicking things off will be the 10-minute, one-act and one-actor play “Number 223” by Marla Crowe. This solo piece will be performed by Sarah Feltman.
A 20-minute play, “The Jacket” by Jerry Seinfeld will follow. This one-act by the famous comedian is being directed by two students, Joseph Ziesing and Justice Petzoldt, providing important experience into a difficult facet of the theatrical process.
The main event is Matt Thompson’s 45-minute play “The 146 Point Flame.” This tells the story of the infamous 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City, which claimed the lives of 146 factory workers and injured another 71. The fire remains the deadliest industrial disaster in New York history, and one of the worst in American history.
During the play, four young women intimate their thoughts and fears through spoken word, movement and dance, representing a cross-section of American women who suffered in the catastrophe. Of the 146 who died, 123 were women, one a 14-year-old girl.
Though tragic, the incident permanently changed labor laws and safety procedures for industrial buildings.
Performances are open to the public Monday through Wednesday. On Thursday, April 25, the high school will host students from Gooding, Shoshone and Richfield for the sixth annual WRHS One-Act Festival, held during the school day.