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Area Residents Star in Owens Drama Club One-Act Plays

  Two one-act plays recently presented by the Drama Club at Owens Community College featured a number of local residents.

  The plays, The Diary of Adam and Eve and Top Girls, were the finale for the week-long "Arts at Owens" celebration at the College.

  The cast of The Diary of Adam and Eve featured Jason Timman, an Associate of Arts Elementary Education major, of Toledo, and a Maumee High School graduate as "Adam". Julie Bylow, a post-secondary options student from Bowling Green played "Eve" and Rick Myers, associate professor of developmental education, played "the Serpent".

  The Diary of Adam and Eve was first published as a short story by one of America's leading humorists, Mark Twain. Mark Bucci transformed Twain's story into this one-act play. The stage adaptation of the biblical story takes a comic look into the lives of the first man and woman.

  The cast of Top Girls featured nearly a dozen Drama Club students, including Reeva Breedlove, a Surgical Technology major of Toledo, and 1992 Springfield High School graduate; Kimberly Stoner, an Associate of Arts English major of Toledo, and 1997 Bowsher High School graduate; Sara Ernest, a General Studies major of Curtice, and 1998 Clay High School graduate; Ruthann Huffman, a General Studies major of Perrysburg, and 1998 Maumee High School graduate; Jennifer Metcalf, an Associate of Science Biology major of Toledo, who also served as an assistant director; Kareen Medley, a General Studies major of Toledo; Danielle Werner, an Associate of Arts major of Indianapolis, IN; Sarah Hafner, an Associate of Arts Elementary Education major of Toledo, and 1998 Notre Dame Academy graduate; Carisa Passalacqua, an Associate of Science Psychology major of Maumee, and 1998 Maumee High School graduate; and Karen Kovacs, an Office Administration major of Toledo, and a Woodward High School graduate, who also served as an assistant director.

  Top Girls was penned by Caryl Churchill, a British author published in many literary anthologies. This play focuses on the central question of what makes strong women strong. While Top Girls is entertaining and contains some great theatrical moments, the Drama Club also feels that it carries within it an important message to the young men and women of this generation.

  During the past three years, the Owens Community College Drama Club has staged the works of well-known authors such as Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., O. Henry, and Pulitzer Prizewinner Thornton Wilder.

  "We wanted to continue that tradition of literary excellence this semester by bringing The Diary of Adam and Eve and Top Girls to the stage," said Shelby Pierce, Chair of the Communications/Humanities Department, which organized the "Arts at Owens" celebration.

  "We are very proud of all our Drama Club students who worked so hard this spring on these fine productions," Pierce said.

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