Arts + Culture

Second Annual Francis Ford Coppola One-Act Marathon at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Nov. 30 - Dec. 10


The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television is proud to presentthe Francis Ford Coppola One-Act Marathon, a series of one-act plays performedand written by graduate students in the Department of Theater and directedby graduate students in the Department of Film and Television, on campusNov. 30 - Dec. 10. Admission is free and open to the public.

One of several efforts to bring together students from the two departments,the Coppola One-Act Marathon offers film students a chance to take a breakfrom the silver screen to test their talents on stage. During several visitsto the campus over the past few years, Coppola, who received his undergraduatedegree at UCLA in 1960 and his Master of Fine Arts degree in 1967, hasencouraged film directing students to direct one-act plays in order toenhance their moviemaking skills. Last year, he agreed to lend his nameto the annual presentation of student work.

"Bringing to life an evening of theater is the greatest challenge-andbest training-young directors, actors and dramatic writers can have,"Coppola said.

Three one-act plays will be presented this year. "When the PurpleSettles," by Francis Aguas and directed by Nathan Adolfson, featuresa young man contemplating the nature of his birth on the eve of his ownfatherhood and discovering his desire to have never been born. In the highlyvisual and imagistic contemplation, the young man journeys through hisfamily's history. "When the Purple Settles" fuses elements ofmusical theater, Eastern Philippines dance and song plus visual imagery.

Finally, a kitchen sink drama that's funny. Laura Campbell's "TheBig Clog," directed by Grace Lee, reveals a stopped-up kitchen sinkthat becomes a catalyst for exposing the messy blockages in Rebecca andMichael's marriage. Each is joined onstage by their impertinent revealinginner child, plumbing the depths of their subterranean conflicts.

In "Tattooed Heart," by screenwriting student Weiko Lin anddirected by Derek Livingston, a teenage boy serves five years in prisonfor stabbing a mentally challenged man to death and confronts his sexuality,conscience and guilt one hour prior to his probation hearing.

"The Big Clog" and "Tattooed Heart" will be performedas a double bill, Nov. 30 - Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 3 at 4:45 p.m. "Whenthe Purple Settles" will be performed Dec. 7-9 at 7 p.m. and Dec.10 at 4:45 p.m. All performances will be held in Macgowan Hall, Room 1340,on the Westwood campus. Admission to the performances is free and opento the public. Parking in lot 3 is available for $5. Enter the campus atWyton Drive and Hilgard Avenue. Wyton Drive is one block south of SunsetBoulevard on Hilgard.



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