Every year, participants of Dr. Cory Johnson's Directing course (THTR 312) are given the opportunity to apply to direct in the Studio Theater as part of the regular season. This year's student directors are Valerie Zawada '13 and Grace Allen '12.
Zawada's show, "Touch," written by Toni Press-Coffman went up in September, and Allen's show "reasons to be pretty," by Neil Labute ("Fat Pig," "In the Company of Men"), is booked for March 22-24. "reasons" is about a young man whose life seems to be falling apart. His four-year relationship just came to an end, and his lifetime friendship is collapsing in on him. However, his self discovery is at an all-time high, and the show examines the thoughts he and the other characters are going through.
Allen said she was drawn to this show because "the audience has an opportunity to view the people of the show in very contrasting ways, in turn seeing their own lives reflected back at them–hopefully in a way they haven't seen before."
Allen is extremely excited to get back into directing mode again and has a strong vision for her show. Although auditions have not yet taken place, Allen has already been meeting with her design team, and working on her script analysis.
Set designer Tyler Reinert says he is "inspired by Grace's vision for the show. The metaphor of the show being like a house of mirrors is a very strong concept to design off of."
When asked about her metaphor, Allen explains that "in a house of mirrors there are many distortions that affect what you look like on the outside. Some make you long, short, thin, fat, but at the end of the day, it's still the same person in each reflection." A strong design concept indeed.
Allen asks that "everyone and their brother, mother, father, sister, aunt, cousin, roommate, and best friend audition! It will be so important to have a lot of people see the variety and different perspectives my actors can bring to the table."
Auditions are February 7 and 8 from 4-6 p.m. and will be held in the Studio Theatre in the Galvin Fine Arts Building.
Good luck, Ms. Allen!
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