Along with warm sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes, the RPS drama department is kicking off the cold weather with their annual Fall production, Play On.
Every Fall, a skillful set actors, costume designers, architects, and willful people come together to put on a show unlike the rest. Last year’s Fall play, First Lady, combined humor and politics so seamlessly that we couldn’t help but fall in love with the quirks of all our favorite characters and the twists and turns of the plot.
This year is bigger and better, as Bethany Fink ’15 says, “This play is actually very different—it’s a play about putting on a play.”
This is the nucleus that allows the conflicts and humor of the story to develop as Fink further says, “Everything that could possibly go wrong…does.”
Putting on a play about a play should seem like easy work since the diligent group of RPS’s drama theater has been putting on one show after another with much sincerity and dedication. However, it is often seen that pretending to do your job is far harder than actually doing it.
Fink said, “Putting on a play about a play is nerve-racking not only for the ‘real’ actors and planners, but also for the characters who face some of the mistakes that I and others encounter when putting on any play.”
Instead of seeing a well-written and well-crafted story before our eyes, we will be seeing the behind-the-scenes of what it takes to pull off a real play and all the problems that it besets.
When I asked a few of the performers about the characters they were playing, they responded quite differently than I had expected.
Natalia Stevenson ’15 said, “I play Gerry, the director and mastermind behind the play within the play. She has a hard time controlling the group, which stresses her out more and more every day.”
The director, carries the entire team behind his or her back (in this case, her), and stress provokes humor for the audience but genuine concern for the actors.
Daniel Mottern ’15 intervenes with a humorous addition. He said, “I play Henry, an almost decent actor with a—*clears throat*—beastly wife.”
The characters, based on the descriptions given by the actors, seem quite entertaining and lively. “Gerry’s greatest struggle beyond all has to be the writer of the play, Phyllis Montague, played by Alexis Telyczka ’16,” said Stevenson.
A writer and director clash never proves healthy to the play’s progression, so this conflict will definitely complicate the script, but give the audience a couple of chuckles.
See your favorite performers return on stage to put on quite the ‘playful’ show. Be sure to buy a ticket and grab a seat in Holley Hall from November 19th through November 22nd, and see the magic of putting on a play in Play On.