Showcase shows new talent
Offering new students an opportunity to experience theater from both directorial and acting perspectives, the First and Second Year Showcase provides an interesting theatrical medium for those previously unfamiliar with the department.
Students will present seven short plays, which include “The Morpheus Quartet” by John Glore, directed by Christopher Soltys; “Double Take” by K.M. Chopin, directed by Liz Galuardi; “Hold For Three” by Sherry Kramer, directed by Emily Miranker; “The Guest of Honor” by Richard Strand, directed by Rafael Martinez; “Always” by Jon Jory, directed by Jon Comeau and Emily Tinawi; “Welcome To The Moon” by John Patrick Shanley, directed by Lisa Maley and “Ferris Wheel” by Mary Miller, directed by Lindsay Garces.
Sophomore producer and director Emily Tinawi said, “I hope to attract as many prospective bio majors as theatre majors. The production will give Oberlin College an opportunity not only to strengthen its theater community, but to expand it.”
Tinawi was a part of the showcase in her first year as well.
“It was an awesome tradition [and] I would like to share that positive experience with...students, especially first-years, who have an interest in theater,” she said.
While the first-years only recently became involved, Tinawi has been preparing for opening night since last semester.
After hiring directors and stage managers, Tinawi and crew met several times and exchanged e-mails throughout the summer. Any open spaces on campus were completely booked for rehearsals throughout the month of September.
With play topics ranging from the unspoken words between men and women (“Double Take”), to the iron will for those who dare to dream and achieve (“Welcome to the Moon”), to the hidden fears and yearnings of classical musicians (“The Morpheus Quartet”), there is something to please the palette of every audience member.
“I have really enjoyed producing and I have learned a lot about myself. There are so many things that go into it that even as an actor I never realized,” Tinawi said.
The showcase will prove to be an excellent way to begin Oberlin theater productions this year, giving new experiences to even newer students.
The First and Second-Years Showcase will run tonight, at 8 p.m., Sat. 2
p.m. and 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Tickets are available through CTS; $3 in advance,
$5 at the door.