'Director's Cut' a selection of Fairfield U student-produced plays
Published 12:20 pm, Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Variety is the touchstone for this entirely student-dictated production. The plays embody theatrical styles ranging from satire to romantic comedy to farce to a Rashomon-like exploration of three characters in a highly charged environment. Student directors have been paired with student designers to collaborate on each piece and to make choices that best support the plays. Some directors do double duty as actors in other plays.
"The whole process is incredibly exciting and directing is thrilling. We're all learning how to be tremendous collaborators," said Amanda Xeller '11, a student director. "I am thrilled to be working in this professional environment with my classmates. The group is fantastic."
"Film Noir" by Bathsheba Doran is a fast-talking, tough-as-nails satire; Wanda Strukus' dark comedy "D.U.M.B.O." concerns a mafia member assigned to kill his close friend; "Let Me Count The Ways" by Jay D. Hanagan is a farce that focuses on two young lovers about to share their first kiss and what path they take to explore the dangers and desires of love in a neo-romantic language; "Coffee Break," by Jerry Thompson, portrays a woman demanding long-overdue respect from her aggressive boss; Donna Spector's romantic comedy depends on "Short-Term Affairs"; Christopher Wall illuminates a father-son relationship to bring out comedy in "Dumpster Dan"; and "Trio" by Mark Smith-Soto explores power dynamics in a prison camp triggered by a moment of hesitation on the part of a Nazi soldier.
Adjunct professor Yvonne Conybeare teaches and mentors directing students. The directors include seniors Alexandra Burke ("Film Noir"), Michelle Maffeo ("Short-Term Affairs"), Claudia Toth ("D.U.M.B.O"), and Xeller ("Let Me Count The Ways"), as well as juniors Jarrod DePrado ("Trio"), Casey Grambo ("Dumpster Dan"), and Halimat Somotan ("Coffee Break"). Lighting Designers include seniors Elayne Cassara, Sarah Iannarone, Maffeo, and Toth; juniors Grambo and Bradley Fay, and sophomores Josh Matteo and Patrick Cooney.
"Director's Cut" will be performed at the PepsiCo Theatre on Thursday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Dec 5. Tickets are $12 general admission, $6 for seniors and University staff, and $5 for students and are available at the door.