Siloam Springs, Ark. (April 15, 2004) - The John Brown University performance studies department will present a student-directed, One-Act Play Festival, April 23-24, in the Jones Recital Hall on the campus of JBU. Friday evening will feature the works of junior Rachel Walker and senior Steve Cox. Walker will present two humorous short plays in one presentation by Shel Silverstein. “Duck,” is a play that pokes fun at the English language, and “Do Not Feed the Animal,” reminds the audience that warning signs should be followed. Cox will present “No Exit,” by Jean-Paul Sarte, the most dramatic of the presentations. “No Exit” offers a viewpoint of hell unique to French philosopher Sarte. “I want people to realize that we mostly hear about hell being the pit of fire and torture, but what about the mental anguish?” Cox asks. “Hell is more than physical torment.” Saturday evening will have the audience rolling in the aisles when sophomore Felicia Parmain opens with, “Time Flies” by David Ives. The play allows the audience to get a glimpse of what the dating life of two mayflies may be like in light of their short life span. “I won’t give away any of her surprises,” Jason Hough, instructor in communication and drama said. “But I think the audience should bring their flyswatters.” Next sophomore Laura Shank presents, “Present Tense” by John McNamara. The play centers on the paranoid delusions of a love-smitten teenager about his girlfriend and the high school football captain. All plays are intended for high school aged audiences and older. Shows start each night at 7:30 p.m. with a 20-minute intermission. The box office opens at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $2 per play or $3 for both plays per night, and a weekend pass for all plays is available for $5. For more information contact Jason Hough, (479) 524-7179. John Brown University is a top-tier private university, ranked 11th by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 1,800 students from 42 states and 42 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.