The York College Drama Department presented the annual Emerging Director One-Acts November 11 and 12. These student-directed plays were performed in Gurganus Hall in the Scene Shop Theatre.  

The first show of the evening was Spotlight, a comedy written by Buddy Thomas and directed by Kacey Fatuch. Spotlight follows four college seniors discussing the final theatrical production of their undergraduate experience. They show the audience what unfolds behind the curtains of the theatre. This show starred Ainsley Mountjoy, A.J. Jaramillo, Joshua Anderson, and Corrie McDonald. Emily Clark assistant directed. Director Fatuch is a senior theatre major and has served on the technical crew for 12 York College productions. This was her directorial debut. She is from Aurora, Colorado. Photos: 

Following the levity of Spotlight was the drama Stopping at Ellis Island, written by Thomas Hischak and directed by Natalie Ostrander. Set in 1906, this show is the story of seven brave immigrants passing through Ellis Island on their way to America. It starred Sammie Baker, Dalton Bergstrom, Tommy Eckhart, Abigail Gonzalez, Austin Hackel, Lexi Martens, Erin Wallgren, and Kyle Wynn. Bethany Ford assistant directed. Director Ostrander is a senior biology major and theatre minor and has appeared in 10 York College productions. She is also the president of Alpha Chi academic honor society. This was her directorial debut. Ostrander is from Rushville, Nebraska. Photos: Ellis Island

The final show of the evening was The Other Room, a drama written by Ariadne Blayde and directed by Samatha Berry. This play goes inside the mind of someone with autism, showing the complexities and struggles of life of those for whom social interaction is often confusing and overwhelming. The show starred Ryan Harrison, Aubrey Tate, Nathan Clark, Troy Rowen, Jacob Wirka, Cameron Sorter, and Josh Anderson. Austin Kupper assistant directed. Director Berry is a senior theatre major and has appeared in eight York College productions. She is also the president of Alpha Psi. This was her second time to direct. She is from Falls City, Nebraska. Photos: Other Room