Theatre premiers student plays

By Sean Goodwin

The Department of Theatre and New Dance premiered the “Student Written Play Festival” on Thursday, which showcased four different plays written by students within the department.

Each play was directed by adjunct lecturer Colin Campbell.

“All four plays came out of a playwriting class last spring taught by professor Bernardo Solano.” Cambell said.

“They were chosen as being the most ready for production from that class.”

The night consisted of “Pergadryl” written by Joshua Adler, “Riley” by Samantha Avila, “90 Days” by Kaitlyn Tice and “Daisy” by Mary Hill.

Presenting student-written plays has not been done by the theater department before.

Doing so has been a rewarding experience for many people involved in the production.

Not only are writers getting exposure, but it also gives them a hands-on, educational experience.

“It’s important to feel supported by your department,” third-year theater student and actor within the play Roslynn Glasco said.

The method of storytelling was very ambitious to tackle, which created challenges for those involved in production.

Actors performed different types of characters.

Roslynn Glasco played three different roles, which ranged from comedic to intense.

“My main challenge for playing multiple parts was keeping each one distinct and unique,” Glasco said.

“I figured if I could remember who each character was at their core, I could tell their stories truthfully.”

Over the course of the night, different characters took to the stage, which gave the night added complexity.

Each play had its own tone and storytelling style, but all dealt with serious issues.

The plays were effective in the sense that the audience stayed immersed and reacted accordingly.

“Last night’s premiere was exciting. It was great to finally have an audience reacting to the plays.

While a majority of the works deal with heavy issues, there is some humor in all each.

“It is rewarding for actors to have a responsive audience,” said Campbell.

Some audience members were even brought to tears during the extremely emotional ending of “Daisy,” which concluded the show.

The idea of having a festival of plays written by students is an excellent idea.

You can see the concept with your own eyes this weekend at 8 p.m. on Feb. 1, Feb. 2, and Feb. 3. There will also be a matinee showing at 2 p.m. on Feb. 4. Tickets are $10.

All plays were chosen out of a playwriting class held Spring 2017, and taught by Professor Bernardo Solano

Courtesy of the Department of Theatre and New Dance

All plays were chosen out of a playwriting class held Spring 2017, and taught by Professor Bernardo Solano

All plays were chosen out of a playwriting class held Spring 2017, and taught by Professor Bernardo Solano

Courtesy of the Department of Theatre and New Dance

All plays were chosen out of a playwriting class held Spring 2017, and taught by Professor Bernardo Solano

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