This intimate presentation (staged in the dressing room of the URBN Annex Black Box Theatre) was a satisfying way to conclude my six-plus years of teaching and creating at Drexel. Grateful for the experience to work with these talented, bright students for one final project, we approached this short process (we met for 5 times for a total of 12 hours) as an exercise, exploring the play and its challenges as best we could with the time and space we had to work in.
|The Man (Alex Cummiskey), The Narrator (Laura Allan) and The Woman (Lexi Pozonsky). URBN Annex Green Room, Drexel University; Philadelphia PA. Photo by John VanZelst.|
The process was highly enjoyable, as performers Laura Allan ("The Narrator"), Alex Cummiskey ("The Man"), and Lexi Pozonsky ("The Woman") all proved to be brave, creative, and enthusiastic in their exploration of the play's darker content, in it's non-linear structure, and in it's demanding physicality. Their bold choices, openness to explore, and thoughtful questions led to further discoveries in a play that I have been working on for over 10 years and through at least half a dozen presentations. The experience was so enjoyable that I regret only that there wasn't more time available to explore the play further together.
I was also happy to have shared this work with a small, intimate audience of Drexel students, staff, and friends. It was wonderful to witness the ongoing support these students have for one another, and to share this work with a handful of my own students who I have become very close to.
|The Narrator (Laura Allan) and The Woman (Lexi Pozonsky). Photo by John VanZelst.|