The OES Visual and Performing Arts Department,
in collaboration with the OES English Department,
is proud to present:

14th Annual Student One-Acts

May 9-12, 2018
7 p.m.
in the Great Hall at OES

Student One-Act Plays

Developed as summative projects in the fall semester senior playwriting class, the following student-created one acts have been selected for full production and will grace our OES Mainstage this spring.

It's the Pits by Amelia C.

Austin is kicked out of his private school in California and sent to live with his Minnesotan relatives in order to learn about the importance of kindness. While staying with his spunky family, Austin discovers that his grandparents have some old-fashioned values and racist tendencies that he disagrees with and tries to show them that they aren’t being kind. This one act is a musical with four original songs, midwest slang, and, of course, lots of awkward tension.


The End by Cara S.

In our lives, we surround ourselves with the best people. Those people may not necessarily be the people we are related to. The End is the story of a woman at the end of her life struggling to find the balance between her biological family and her chosen family.


Looking for America by Sara B.

A timely narrative about family and identity, Looking for America spans three generations of Syrian people now living in America. Each family member feels the reverberations of shifting immigration policies differently, while the threat of deportation looms in the background. 

This year, we are excited to pilot our professional mentorship program. Starting in March, our student directors have had the opportunity to work directly with Emily Stone (defunkt theater, Performance Works Northwest), Niki Weaver (Portland Playhouse, Fall Festival of Shakespeare) and Pat Moran (Action/Adventure Theater, Young Audiences of OR and SW). Through this program, students will hone their craft and develop their skills in the performing arts through close collaboration with local working professionals. 

Save Your Seat Here!

All shows are open seating (first come, first served) and can be reserved by filling out the form below. Show starts promptly at 7 p.m. and will run approximately 100 minutes with one 15-minute intermission.