SU student hosts auditions for Act V spring play, ‘Tracks’

Karen Rundquist, a fifth year student at Shippensburg University, will rise from being the assistant director of Act V Production’s fall 2016 performance of “37 Postcards” to the role of director in the theater group’s upcoming spring play, “Tracks.”

“I always wanted to give [directing] a go and I thought now was the perfect opportunity,” Rundquist said. 

Rundquist is currently hosting auditions to fill the play’s 10-person cast, and individuals interested in auditioning must come prepared with a one-minute monologue. Auditions will be held Jan. 23-25 from 9-11 p.m. in Ceddia Union Building (CUB) Room 103. 

As Rundquist began searching for which play would be the best fit for her to direct, she said she looked through a long list of one-act plays online. She eventually decided on “Tracks” because of its ability to tastefully bring a thought-provoking theme to the stage that will resonate in the minds of many even after the curtains close. 

“Tracks” is a one-scene play written by Peter Tarsi, a Massachusetts-based author, and confronts the ever-feared question — what happens after death? In the play a subway station becomes a purgatory-like in between as strangers begin to realize that there is no turning back, they are dead, and by boarding the train and leaving the station they will be met with their eternal fate of heaven or hell. 

Contrary to the play’s depth in theme, “Tracks” is short ― only 40 minutes in length. This makes it a good starting point for students who may be interested in getting involved in theatre but are not yet comfortable in being on stage for a lengthy production, Rundquist said.

Rundquist plans to notify all individuals who auditioned for “Tracks” by the end of next week to let them know what casting decisions were made.

Further questions about Act V’s upcoming production of “Tracks” and what is expected during auditions can be sent to Karen Rundquist at

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