Heidelberg senior Marisha Sullivan is directing "OK, Cupid," written by Dave Winnyk of Ohio Wesleyan University. Sullivan said she and the playwright were high school classmates.
The remaining shows are at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
On one hand, "Okay Cupid" is a story within a story. Kara, played by Katelyn Cabe, is filming a documentary to explore online dating and in-person dating. In addition, characters who are not being recorded deliver monologues about their own romantic experiences.
PHOTO BY MARYANN KROMER
Katelyn Cabe (center) questions Leigh Barthel (right) and Greg Marsano (left) about their dating preferences. Marina Richley and Kelly DeVine serve as the film crew.
The actors take multiple roles in the production through a series of vignettes.
Kara interviews Jillian, played by Leigh Barthel, prior to her first date arranged through a dating website. Both women step out of the scene to share their private thoughts with the audience.
Jillian, a comedian, has been matched with Craig, portrayed by Greg Marsano. The couple manages to kindle a romance in spite of many differences.
Another relationship involves a couple who were good friends in high school. He (Mac Wallace) is in love with her (Marina Richley), but she has fallen in love with another woman.
In a club scene, the characters flit about from person to person.
The play continues to spotlight more characters in various kinds of loving relationships that range from painful to playful, meaningful and hopeful. In each case, love elicits some kind of change in the characters, suggesting that love is change.
Besides those mentioned, the cast includes Kelly DeVine, Chaylene Ehrman, Elaine Fowler, Eric Gobel, Ryan Ladina and Alyssa Myerly.
The play employs simple set pieces and props to keep the focus on the characters.
Sullivan said directing has been an eye-opener for her.
"What I've really gained from all of this is a greater respect for all of the people who work together to make a show - the costume and props staff, the cast and director, the tech staff and the crew - all of these tiny little gears need to come together in the perfect way to make a play. It's amazing we ever stage a production at all," she said.