The theater company based at the South Campus Gateway's The Green Room is in need of some green of its own.

The theater company based at the South Campus Gateway's The Green Room is in need of some green of its own.

Whistling in the Dark Theatre Company proved its dramatic prowess with last summer's incredible production of "Shipwrecked" by Donald Margulies. This week the company presents the second of two fundraising evenings called "Shorts in January."

Kal Poole, co-founder and managing director of WitD, says he came up with the idea while watching a directing class at OSU.

"My friend Moopi Mothibeli directed a scene that was one of the best pieces of theater I had seen in ages, and several other scenes were very good as well," he explained. "They were better than most fully produced plays I had seen recently, and it got me thinking that they should have an opportunity for a second life."

Gathering up the theatrical, musical and cinematic talents of friends, colleagues and students, WitD assembled an evening of scenes and short works to raise money for its 2011 season and to help retain its space at The Green Room, Poole said.

The upcoming season includes "Bat Boy: The Musical" in March as well as what WitD is calling "a Twitter-friendly staged reading" of "Death of a Salesman."