"Races Nurtured in the Dark," an original one-act play written by a Western Maryland College senior, will be premiered by the college's theater department Feb. 5-7 on the Understage in Alumni Hall. Each performance will begin at 8 p.m.
The work, which combines dialogue, dance and live music, was written by Kristine A. Holland, a theater arts major and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Holland of Ellicott City. Ms. Holland will also direct the play.
"Races Nurtured in the Dark" is described by the author as an adult look at a person with a multiple-personality disorder brought on by sexual abuse. Through a series of dreams, the main character begins to integrate these personalities while confronting the past.
The title of the one-hour drama is taken from an Emily Dickinson poem and refers to the various personalities depicted on stage.
"It's a very challenging play for the actors, emotionally speaking," Ms. Holland said. "Everybody is on stage for the whole play, and there are 13 personalities for the actors to take on."
The play's three characters are portrayed by seasoned members of the theater department: Christopher Patrick, a junior performing arts major and son of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Patrick of Mount Airy; Katherine Winkler, a senior communication major and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Winkler of Pennington, N.J.; and Sara Lundberg, a junior and daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Bo Lundberg of Eskiltuna, Sweden.
The costumes are the work of Tracie Boggess, a junior communication major and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jan Boggess of Ambler, Pa.
Mr. Patrick designed the lighting.
Tickets for "Races Nurtured in the Dark" are $2 for students and $5 for nonstudents. They are available by calling the theater department at 857-2599 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., or at the Alumni Hall box office, which will open a half-hour before each evening's performance.
More information: 857-2599.