SJC’s Columbian Players to Host an Evening of One Acts

January 20, 2014

The Columbian Players of Saint Joseph’s College will present “An Evening of One Acts” on Thursday, January 30, Friday, January 31, and Saturday, February 1, at 7:30 pm CST in the Evans Arts and Science Building Theatre on the SJC campus. Admission is $5.00, and all SJC students, faculty, and staff are admitted free of charge.

“An Evening of One Acts” will consist of the comedies “Sure Thing” and “The Philadelphia” by New York playwright David Ives; two classic one act farces, “The Boor” and “A Marriage Proposal” by Anton Chekov; and an original play, “Well, I’m Going,” by SJC Assistant Professor of Communication and Theatre Arts John Rahe.

“Sure Thing” explores how relationships develop using a chance meeting of two characters, Betty and Bill, whose conversation is repeatedly reset by the use of a ringing bell when one of them responds negatively to the other. “Sure Thing” stars senior English-Creative Writing major Tanner Brunson of West Lafayette, Ind., and senior Business Administration major Margaret Englehart of Burnsville, Minn.

“The Philadelphia” concerns a restaurant meeting between two friends, one of whom is informed that his frustratingly unlucky day is the result of his ensnarement in an alternate pocket of reality called a "Philadelphia," in which he will get what he asks for only by asking for the opposite of what he wants. The cast includes senior Computer Science major Erik Benson of Hammond, Ind.; freshman Theatre Arts major Marten Moreno of Berwyn, Ill.; and freshman Biology-Chemistry major Kimberly Bullert of La Crosse, Ind.

“The Boor” features senior English major Jessica Ruchke of Lawrenceburg, Ind.; sophomore Mass Communication major Patrick McElwain of Heyworth, Ill.; and freshman Business Administration major Jacob McCoy of Griffith, Ind.

“A Marriage Proposal” featuressenior Religion and Philosophy major Michael Sosnowski of Madison, Ind.; sophomore Mass Communication major Chloe Broeker of Monterey, Ind.; and freshman Business Administration major Logan James of Logansport, Ind. 

“Well, I’m Going”is an original play by Assistant Professor John Rahe about change and taking chances. Brunson and senior Mass Communication major Alycia Tassone of DeMotte, Ind. make up the cast of this one-act play.

Sophomore Psychology major Shannon Kiley of Michigan City, Ind. and freshman Elementary Education major Kayla Wojcik of Michigan City, Ind. will present monologues as transitional pieces between plays.

For more information, contact Assistant Professor Rahe at 219.866.6318 or

Named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation, a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review, and “Best Value” and "Best Midwestern College" by US News & World Report, Saint Joseph's College is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 35 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of nearly 1,200 students.

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