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SLP High's One-Act Plays Plum Dark Literary Themes

The theater department is airing three one-act plays based on Ray Bradbury’s “All Summer in a Day,” Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper.”

The St. Louis Park High theater program is delving into the darker side of of the American short story this weekend, with three one-act plays based on classic texts.

  • The adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s 1954 story “All Summer in a Day” takes place in Bradbury’s imagined future, when humans inhabit Venus. The climate is a constant barrage of rain, but every seven years the sun emerges for a few precious hours.  A group of schoolchildren experience this reprieve for the first time in their memory, basking in the sun while a classmate remains trapped in the shadows. 
  • In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery,” adapted by Brainerd Duffield, the villagers of a small town gather for their annual Summer raffle.  Each family takes its turn drawing from the ominous block box, extracting the lot that determines their fate.
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” adapted by Katy Mulvaney, depicts a young mother restricted to bed rest, the common treatment for post-partum depression in the 1890s. The woman, confined to a room in her summer rental, becomes obsessed with its patterned yellow wallpaper.
Evening performances will be held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 17 and Jan. 18, with a Sunday matinee beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

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