Theater students think outside the box

Posted by Kristin Travagline

Creative endeavors are coming from Skidmore College theater students. October will bring two completely student-run theater studio projects, one an original play, the other an adapted musical-comedy.

The original play, tentatively titled "Pegasus," is being written by Sam Kahler '11 and directed by Ilana Saltzman '11. Kahler and Saltzman discovered last summer that they were each interested in writing and directing, respectively, an original project. They also both wanted to delve into the dream world and explore its relation to reality. Motivated by these common interests, they constructed the story together.

The premise centers on three characters, a couple and one of their fathers, who are all struggling to come to terms with the young couple's pregnancy. Their worries, as it so often happens in reality, start to influence their dreams. Yet in this case three symbolic dream characters help them sort out their problems nocturnally.

The title refers to the Pegasus constellation symbolizing the dream world they reach in slumber. Incidentally, the impregnated woman in question is named Peg. Kahler and Saltzman wanted the creative process to be collaborative and evolving. They are polishing off the latest of several drafts with the help of the cast and all involved.

The other up-and-coming studio project is a comedy-musical directed by Danielle Zweibon '11. Though not an original production, Zweibon is hoping to breathe new life into a show that affirmed her passion for show business. The yet to be named show is based on "Title of Show," which had a short stint on Broadway and enjoyed a cult following. The student directed show humorously centers on two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical. Paige Hempe '12 is the musical director.

"Pegasus" will be performed at 8 p.m. Oct. 13-15 in Studio A in the Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater. The musical-comedy will be performed at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 as well as at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Oct. 9 in Studio A in the JKB Theater.

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