Applause! Writing Students’, Alums’ Plays Appear on Chicago Stages Lucy Pabst's short play will appear at Skokie Theater this weekend

Lucy Pabst, a graduate of National Louis University’s M.S. in Written Communication program, will have her short play produced at the Skokie Theater.

The curtain is going up on “Frances, My Mensch,” a short play written by recent National Louis University graduate Lucy Pabst, on Friday, Aug. 17 during a play festival at the Skokie Theater. It is one of three plays written by students or graduates of the M.S. in Written Communication program to be produced recently on Chicago-area stages.

“Frances,” which Pabst based on characters from James McBride’s book “Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother, ” is being produced  as part of a short play festival on Friday August 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 18 at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at this link. The Skokie Theater is located at 7924 Lincoln Avenue, Skokie, Illinois.

The short play focuses on the relationship between two friends through the various times and troubles in their lives. Ruth, James’ Jewish mother, looks back over her life and her one and only very special friendship with Frances. We see Frances befriend Ruth on the school playground and watch their friendship grow despite their cultural and religious differences. The play investigates what could have happened if Ruth had confided in Frances that she was pregnant when she was a teenager by a black boy in town.

 Pabst’s play was produced this spring during the M.S. in Written Communication program’s Playfest, during which the short plays get readings by actors. At MadKap Productions’ Skokie Theater, it will get its full production debut.
This is the third year in a row in which an M. S. in Written Communication student and Playfest participant has taken their play to the next level.
Tomiko Smith’s short play “Gospel Explosion” was performed June 10, 2017 at Prairie State College Theater. The plot synopsis is: “Tina is a hardworking single woman who has failed at the love thing several times. She vows to confine herself to work and church, vowing never to open her heart to anyone again. That is, until the smooth-talking Lorenzo becomes the newest member of her church band.”
John Janso’s work “Drowning” was produced as part of Chicago Writer’s Bloc in July 2017. The plot is described as: “A father and son spend the anniversary of the mother’s tragic death attempting to finally move on from her passing, while at the same time trying to salvage their own fractured relationship.”


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