University Theatre

Student Studio 2014
"All in the Timing" - An Evening of One Acts by David Ives

"Sure Thing" by David Ives
"The Universal Language" by David Ives
"Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread" by David Ives


February 27th and 28th @ 7:30PM
Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre, Frank Thompson Hall

Tickets: Suggested Donation $5 at the door

Produced by Nathaniel Conti, senior in biomedical engineering
Directed by Christian O'Neal, senior in mechanical engineering


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Concept art by the production scenic designer Lauren Caddick, senior in art and design






Cast members include Mary Liang, Nick Tran, John Gupton, Allison McAllister, Danny Beckman, John Gupton, Emma Yates, Marina Hogan

See the bios and playbill information


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Featuring three one-act comedies:


"Sure Thing" (1 man, 1 woman)
"Sure Thing" is a classic of contemporary comedy: Two people meet in a cafe and find their way through a conversational minefield as an offstage bell interrupts their false starts, gaffes, and faux pas on the way to falling in love.



"The Universal Language" (2 men, 1 woman)
"The Universal Language" brings together Dawn, a young woman with a stutter, and Don, the creator and teacher of Unamunda, a wild comic language. Their lesson sends them off into a dazzling display of hysterical verbal pyrotechnics.



"Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread" (2 men, 2 women)
"Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread" is a parodic musical vignette in trademark Glassian style, with the celebrated composer having a moment of existential crisis in a bakery.
Philip Glass – the famous 20th-Century composer in his late 20s


What is Student Studio?
Student Studio is a University Theatre-sponsored production that is directed, produced, designed, and performed by NC State students.


Who is David Ives?
"Ives is a mordant comic who has put the play back in playwright...A wondrous wordmaster."
-Time Magazine


"David Ives spins hilarity out of words."
-The New York Times


David Ives is probably best known for his evening of one-act comedies called "All in the Timing" and "Time Flies." "All in the Timing" won the Outer Critics Circle Play Writing Award, ran for two years Off-Broadway, and in the 1995-96 season was the most performed play in the country after Shakespeare productions. His full-length plays include "Venus in Fur," which recently enjoyed a vast critical and audience success Off-Broadway; "New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza", which won the prestigious Hull-Warriner Award; "Is He Dead?" (adapted from Mark Twain); "Irving Berlin's White Christmas"; "Polish Joke"; and "Ancient History."   
- American Theatre Wing