‘Director’s Cut’ to showcase students’ acting debuts
FAIRFIELD — A 1940s-style play with a twist. A Bureau of Short-Term Affairs where one can find a temporary lover. And four other plays that explore the themes of love, civility and friendship.
This weekend, Fairfield University students will show off their work at “Director’s Cut,” the bi-annual production of Theatre Fairfield led by directing professor Martha LoMonaco.
Sophomore Kierstin Jones and junior Elliot Harrell, both theater majors, will have their debuts as actor and director, respectively.
“We had auditions on Halloween and have been rehearsing independently with our directors,” said Jones, who stars in “Short-Term Affairs.” “It’s been fun to integrate things from my acting class into this piece.”
Harrell, who is also minoring in women, gender and sexuality studies, described her experience directing “Film Noir,” the 1940s-style play with a “tough-as-nails satire of lust and intrigue.”
“The directing process was interesting. The first rehearsal I wasn’t quite sure of what I was doing, but we started by having the actors read the play and understanding that and the vision,” Harrell said. “I also had them watch ‘The Maltese Falcon,’ a classic 1940s movie, so we could better understand the play.”
Performances will take place at the Faber Dining Commons on Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $18 general admission, $10 for seniors and University staff and $5 for students.
Tickets can be purchased at the Quick Center Box Office, by phone at 1-877-ARTS-396 or online at: quickcenter.fairfield.edu/
In total, six seniors and juniors will debut their directing work along with a cast of 12 other students.
This year, however, the theater students have had to adapt in the wake of the Sept. 25 rainstorm that caused immense damage to their denominated home, the PepsiCo Theater.
“It was a torrential downpour, everything was flooded,” Jones said of their theater, which began to see repairs being made this week. “That’s where we have all our classes and rehearsals.”
Faculty and students have turned Faber Dining Commons into their makeshift theater, where they will perform the six plays Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. There will also be an off-campus performance Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at Sturges Ridge of Fairfield.
Though these unforeseen circumstances have affected plans and settings, the students are upbeat and excited about presenting their work.
“I’m absolutely excited and so genuinely proud of my cast and everyone that has been involved,” Harrell said. “I think it’s going to be a wonderful night. I’m nervous because we go first and we have to set the bar high, but I’m hyping up my actors and they’re absolutely wonderful.”
LoMonaco, who is celebrating her 30th year at Fairfield University, highlighted her students’ perseverance despite the water damage to their beloved class and rehearsal space.
“The students have been terrific. The directing class has been cooperating so beautifully with each other,” LoMonaco said. “This has been going for over 25 years and I never saw as much camaraderie as this year. Everybody really pulled together and are making it happen.”