Tuesday, September 25, 2012


 Directed By: Renee Thomas-Woods

 The play was featured in the 22nd One Act Festival held at St. Louis Community College – Forest Park Mildred Bastian Theater Sept. 14-16.  The play was one of five one-act plays, which included performances from students from STLCC- Forest Park and STLCC Meramec and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Webster University theatre students provided technical support with lighting, sound and backstage crew.

Photo provided by Renee Thomas-Woods Jayden Reigns (Nanyel) and Richard Ross (Derek)

Synopsis: After five years of marriage, Derek suggests a one-year separation from his wife, Nanyel, to find themselves. This play is the one-year later meeting where the couple discusses their year apart and what happens next. 

 Thomas-Woods theatrical directorial debut in June 2011 was , “Fathers and Other Strangers” by Jeff Stetson in the Florissant Valley Evening of One Acts.  Thomas-Woods first film in 2010, a documentary entitled, “The Great Northwest: It’s Not About Us. It’s About Them.”  The film shows the trials and triumphs of St. Louis City public high school students at Northwest Academy of Law fighting against the odds and winning. Under the guidance and leadership of their principal (Valerie Carter- Thomas), the students and staff have developed a unique family environment, in the midst of a tough St. Louis neighborhood, that embraces the concept that success is the only option.  The film has been screened here at Florissant Valley, St. Charles Community College, Washington University School of Law and the Missouri History Museum.

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