DWS One Act Play Region winners: Director Lindsey Stewart, Emily Stone, Marli Collier, Chandler Lane, Taylor Richter, Abby Simmons, Hadden Kelley, Amelia Middlebrooks, Holly Daniell, Ryn Cromartie, Charles Stern and Matt Williams.
ALBANY, Ga. -- Deerfield-Windsor School's One Act Play actors, crew and director won the Region 3-AAA GISA title Thursday to advance to state competition, which will be held on Nov. 7 at Darton State College.
DWS students performed "God of Carnage" in competition at Americus' historic Rylander theater.
The premise of the play is that two couples, the Raleighs and the Novacks, meet at the Novacks' home to discuss a playground fight between their two sons, Benjamin and Henry. Benjamin has hit Henry in the mouth with a stick after Henry refused to let Benjamin join his "gang."
The parents begin the conversation in a very civil, grown-up manner, but by the end of the 90-minute play, have digressed to children themselves, shouting and throwing temper tantrums, among other things.
The point of the play is to take a closer look at the breakdown in communication between humans. The argument becomes cyclical and keeps getting off track and coming back, off track and coming back. By the end of the play, even the audience is exhausted by the fact the couples just won't come to a conclusion.
However, the play is highly realistic, and while watching it, viewers see how most arguments really do take place. Also, just because we "grow up" doesn't mean we never revert to child-like behavior.
The cast consists of Emily Stone and Chandler Lane as Annette and Alan Raleigh, and Taylor Richter and Abby Simmons as Michael and Veronica Novack. Lindsey Stewart is the director.
Crews have a 55-minute time limit during competition. Within that limit, they must set the stage, perform the show and clear the stage. If they surpass their time by even a second, they will be disqualified.
In addition to the region title, Deerfield's Chandler Lane was named one of only five outstanding performers of the day.
The performers will hold two more free open performances Nov. 5 and 6 at 7 p.m. at the DWS Lower School multiplex.