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Posted on Feb 15, 2016

Masquers presents 3 one-act plays

Masquers Theater is marking a first-ever event in its distinguished history.
For the first time, Masquers is combining three one-act plays in their production, “Them Three.” The three plays are all directed by first-time directors and Masquers actors Justin Rowland, Adam Zaleski and Jeff Ames.
The plays are all comedies. Be warned, “Cheating Death,” written by Kamron Klitgaard, is a little darker than the others.
Jeff Ames wrote and directed his play, “A Window Ajar.” The play is about a pair of thieves who try to make a big score. They enter a home they think is vacant. Unbeknownst to them, the occupants return home; the thieves and occupants come together in the home, a less than ideal situation.
“Directing is like juggling,” Ames said. “There are many questions and answers. You are being held accountable. I wrote this play because I love to write. It seemed like a good opportunity to do so.”
“Cheating Death” is directed by Justin Rowland, an emergency dispatcher, reserve police officer and EMT in his professional life. In the play, Death, played by Randy Brooks, is given the name of the person he is supposed to visit, but his soul-collecting mission doesn’t turn out as neat and tidy as he expects.
“I am used to seeing death as a former EMT,” Rowland said. “Death isn’t personal. It’s just business. Death’s attitude is that he is just doing his job.”
“Superhero Support Group” is another play featured in “Them Three.” The play is written by D.M. Larson and directed by Zaleski. It is about a group of people trying to cope with superhero alter-egos. The superheroes are at the doctor’s office, trying to decide if they still want to be superheroes; they are having an existential crisis.
“The title is what drew me to the play in the first place,” Zaleski said. “I saw it and thought it was funny.”
Zaleski is in his second year of acting on the Masquers stage, however, he got his first start when he was about 7 years old playing a monkey in “Inherit the Wind” at the Off The Wall theater in Monroe.
“They needed a monkey, and I was the only one who fit the suit,” Zaleski said. “I loved it so much. I fell in love with the theater.”
The directors share almost entirely the same cast for all three plays.
“I have a supportive cast,” Rowland said. “They are phenomenal. I want to say thanks to the Masquers board for their support. They give me ideas and let me grow.”
On Feb. 12, come see what happens in “Them Three,” opening at Masquers Theater in Soap Lake. Tickets are $14, and are on sale at Friday and Saturday show times are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12-13, Feb. 19-20 and Feb. 26-27. Sunday matinees times are 2 p.m. Feb. 14, 21 and 28.


— By Tammara Green, QVPR contributor