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Pequot Lakes to host one-act play competition

Ashley Mixer (left), Austin Evenson and Mollie Pierson rehearse a scene from the one-act play “Two Rooms.” Pequot Lakes Students will perform the play in the subsections of the Minnesota State High School League One Act Play Contest Saturday, Jan. 27. Theresa Bourke / Echo Journal1 / 2
Austin Evenson recites a monologue during rehearsal for Pequot Lakes High School’s one-act play “Two Rooms.” Students will perform the play in the subsections of the Minnesota State High School League One Act Play Contest Saturday, Jan. 27. Theresa Bourke / Echo Journal2 / 2

Pequot Lakes High School will play host to the Minnesota State High School League one-act play subsection competition Saturday, Jan. 27.

"Just like they have basketball tournaments and wrestling tournaments, they have a fine arts section too, which involves speech and some theater," said Gary Hirsch, Pequot Lakes play director and event coordinator. "Every year around the end of January, the subsections have their tournament. And we have six schools involved with the one that we're doing in Pequot."

On Saturday, four Pequot Lakes students - Mollie Pierson, Austin Evenson, Breanna Rhodes and Ashley Mixer - will perform their play, "Two Rooms," while competing against students from Bertha-Hewitt, Pillager, Wadena-Deer Creek, Parkers Prairie and New York Mills.

"There are three judges that have been hired, and they will critique the plays based on an agreed upon rubric that the state came up with," Hirsch said.

The top two schools from the subsection will move on to the section tournament at Park Rapids, where eight schools will compete for one spot at the state level.

Pequot Lakes's play "Two Rooms" was written by Minnesota playwright Lee Blessing and focuses on the 1979 hostage crisis in Beirut, Lebanon.

"The title 'Two Rooms' comes into play because the wife of the hostage has been told how her husband is being kept. He's being kept in this empty room, and all he has is a small mat on which to sleep," Hirsch said. "So what she has done is she has taken all the furniture out of his office at their home and just put a mat down, and so she goes into that room in order to feel close to her husband, Michael. And she imagines conversations with him. She has conversations with a reporter and with a representative from the White House - the State Department - about the situation. It's a beautiful show."

Theresa Bourke

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