Students in the Performing Arts Department in Arts & Sciences, under the direction of Senior Lecturer Andrea Urice, will perform dramatic readings of Utopia Parkway and Room 17C, two one-act plays by Rosalyn Drexler. This pair of plays first appeared in the production Transients Welcome, which earned Drexler an Obie Award in 1984. Set in the Queens home and studio of the famously reclusive assemblage artist Joseph Cornell, Utopia Parkway explores ideas about abstract art and beauty. The play imagines a humorous interplay between Cornell and one of his muses, ballerina Allegra Kent, whom he ultimately confines to a life-size box. Room 17C presents a surprisingly poignant romance between a cockroach, inspired by Kafka’s Metamorphosis, and a lonely everywoman named Linda Normal, based on the beleaguered wife of Death of a Salesman’s Willy Loman.