‘Life and Loss at the Frank House: Three One-Acts’ Features Three Original Plays, Dec. 11, at the Frank House

Janice Fronczak
Department of Theatre, 308.865.8670

“Life and Loss at the Frank House: Three One-Acts,” three original one-act plays inspired by the Frank House, will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at the mansion.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature works by University of Nebraska at Kearney students Mary Lillyman of Kearney, Carey Teters of North Platte and Ann Marie Sucha of Pleasanton.

“The Frank House is an incredible resource for writers,” said Janice Fronczak, UNK associate professor of theater. “It is full of history, romance, architecture and antiques.” The students toured the Frank House where they drew inspiration from seeing the rooms and learning the history of the house.

“It is quite a benefit for any playwright to have their work read, much less performed, live for an audience,” Fronczak said. “I think the one-acts are a great educational tool for student playwrights.”

Teters, a senior majoring in secondary education with endorsements in theatre and speech communication, will present her one-act titled “You Wouldn’t Believe.”

“The play is about a dying young girl torn between her feelings of abandonment and her longing for her father’s love,” Teters said. “My play is inspired by the time period, and the strong sense of duty and obligation present during that time.”

“I wrote the draft in one sitting, but throughout the semester it went through numerous changes,” Teters said. “In fact, the entire plot line changed. Originally, my play was about a dying girl and how she kept the secret of her fatal illness from her boyfriend. It turned into a story about a father and daughter relationship.”