Drama Produces Boundary-Pushing Play

Rachael Oczkus

This May, the spring play, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, will take drama to a whole new level. Based off of the original script by the Neo-Fururists Theatre Company, the production features over 30 short and interactive skits taken from the actors’ real lives created to include the audience in the fun of the performance.

The challenge for the actors, while playing themselves, is to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. Racing against the clock, although stressful, sparks creativity in the actors and their ability to deliver a quality performance under pressure.

Also, the show incorporates a lot of audience participation making it more of an experience rather than just another Shakespearean production.

“The audience will be asked to do uncomfortable things,” said senior Tyler Young.

The variety of skits that the cast prepares allows the show to go in completely different directions each night. The audience is given a menu at the beginning of the show, and as the night progresses, they may call out the number of a performance that they would like to see. This enables the actors to perform a completely different set of skits each night.

“This is a really different play and I’m really excited to be a part of it because it is going to be a lot of fun and I think that the audience will enjoy it,” said junior Sophia Diamantidis.

The new direction for the cast contrasts with other more serious plays that they have done in the past.

The creativity of the play has the entire cast and crew excited about the experience. “I am so excited. I almost peed myself when I heard. My excitement can be compared to a newborn baby learning to poop for the first time,” said Young.

Another plus is the incorporation of various foods throughout the production. On any given night, if there is a full house, pizza will be ordered for the entire audience.

The process has been unique from the beginning. Any interested drama students could audition with a creative one-minute performance, original or not. Some performed verbal monologues while others used their musical talents to create their own masterpieces.

The actors, instead of being given specific parts, perform under their own names and auditioned to be cast in the different skits. The first half of the show will feature previously performed skits from the original show while the second half will feature student written performances.

The performance dates are May 17 through May 20. The cast recommends getting tickets as soon as possible; the show is expected to sell out each night thanks to the promised pizza surprise.