LIKE: Cara Hoskins as “Candy,” left, and Cassandra Schueler as “Sandy” practice for an upcoming performance of “Candy Likes Your Status” at Hanover College. The short play will be one of five one-act plays featured this weekend at The Other Place theater. (Staff photo by Renee Bruck/rbruck@madisoncourier.com)
LIKE: Cara Hoskins as “Candy,” left, and Cassandra Schueler as “Sandy” practice for an upcoming performance of “Candy Likes Your Status” at Hanover College. The short play will be one of five one-act plays featured this weekend at The Other Place theater. (Staff photo by Renee Bruck/rbruck@madisoncourier.com)
A variety of audience emotions are likely throughout the five one-act plays, which will be performed this weekend at Hanover College.

The theater department will present the five plays of various genres. The production begins today and runs through Sunday at The Other Place theater. All performances will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Paul Hildebrand, a Hanover College theater professor and the play's director, said the selection of the five one-act plays wasn't very difficult.

"It's a fun process," he said. "'Rupert's Birthday' has always been one of my favorites."

He directed the monologue before and had someone in mind to fit the role.

He added the other four plays into the mix to balance the first one.

The production begins with a play featuring an eccentric country woman recalling the difficult birth of a calf one Christmas years ago in "Rupert's Birthday," a release said. The monologue, written by Ken Jenkins, gives insights to the speaker's rural upbringing and follows the thread of the woman's life.

In "Ferris Wheel," two lonely people find a connection while stuck at the top of a stopped carnival ride. Written by Mary Miller, the short play highlights the unlikely love story of two people who just happen to end up in the same seat of an old country Ferris wheel.

"Candy Likes Your Status," highlights the relationships that form - or people think are formed - on Facebook. The comedic satire written by Matt Henderson follows two recent college graduates who jump into life and love after college, all while posting about it on Facebook.

Recently released, the play was featured in a book of the best short plays of 2014.

Things that go bump in the night awaken a young couple during "Bolero." Sounds of people in danger coming from the other side of their apartment wall make the two wonder if someone might have been murdered next door - or if anything really happened at all.

A drag diva shares how she became a star in "La Voix: Meet Emi Grate!" In addition to her story, the diva also sings her break-out hit during the play.

Performers in the short plays include Tessa McShane, Abby Rinck, Aaron Rogers, Cara Hoskins, Cassandra Schueler, Brenna Suesakul, Han Zaw and Matt Hedges

The series of one-act plays is not recommended for children due to language, Hildebrand said.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors 65 and older. The show is $5 for high school students.

Parking for the theater is in the lot by the Administration Building.

Advanced reservations are recommended. Tickets are available online at www.hanover.edu/arts or by calling the Hanover College Box Office at (812) 866-7110.