Saint Mary’s students write, produce, direct, design, act in short play showcase


Saint Mary’s University theatre and dance students will present SPLaSH!, a biennial short play showcase from February 7-11 at the Saint Mary’s Performance Center.

SPLaSH!, which stands for Short Play Showcase, features a kaleidoscope of professionally written and student-developed one-act plays from their playwriting class that are produced, directed, designed, and acted by Saint Mary’s Department of Theater and Dance students. A variety of genres ranging from comedy, drama, and sci-fi to absurdism, mystery, and more means there’s something for everyone.

This year, there are six shorts, including four original works by theater students:

• Victoria Madigan (‘18) takes on Tony Award-winning playwright Christopher Durang’s “Nina in the Morning.”

• Peyton Roberson (‘19) brings to the stage the adventures of Dick Piston, hotel detective, in Jeff Goode’s 10-minute mystery film noir spoof “Murder by Midnight.”

• Stefan Kahlstorf (‘19) directs an original piece written by Roberson about a demon who helps out on his host’s first date in “My Wingman is a Demon.”

• Shania Merchlewitz (‘18) directs “Lix Dalakan,” by Margo Hansen (‘19), which takes a man with revolution on his mind traveling through time 1,000 years into a dystopian future.

• Michael Britton (‘18) performs a staged reading of his absurdist-inspired play titled “Everytheory.”

• Darren Cajipo (‘18) directs John L. Donovan’s autobiographical “The Lovable Losers” where one die-hard Chicago Cubs fan roots from abroad to reverse the curse during the seventh game of the World Series.

Schedule of performances

• Wednesday, February 7, at 7:30 p.m.
• Thursday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m.
• Friday, February 9, at 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, February 10, at 3 and 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, February 11, at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. They can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 507-457-1715.

About Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of leadership and service. At Saint Mary’s, students find in every classroom — whether in person or online — a relationship-driven, person-centered education. Through intense inquiry, students discover the truths in the world and the character within. Founded in 1912 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota enrolls 5,700 students at its residential undergraduate college in Winona and its schools of graduate and professional programs, based in Minneapolis but extending worldwide. Saint Mary’s offers respected and affordable programs in a variety of areas leading to bachelor’s, bachelor’s completion, master’s, certificate, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Learn more at


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