WINONA, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University theatre and dance students will present SPLaSH!, a biennial short play showcase Feb. 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 Theatre 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 theatre 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 our 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.

Here is the schedule of performances:

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

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