runs through April 20.
McDaniel College Theatre presents “Intimate Portraits,” April 17 through April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in WMC Alumni Hall. The production is a creation of the theatre department’s Devised Theatre class.
“Intimate Portraits” is the world-premiere of an original ensemble-devised work utilizing various methods of storytelling. The exciting and experimental effort has been entirely shaped by McDaniel students under the guidance of lecturer Gené Fouché.
The Devised Theatre course is a collaborative, group-oriented approach to theatre making. During this course, students have developed “Intimate Portraits,” a unique piece using various creation techniques, including composition, viewpoints, improvisation, found text, adaptation and group writing.
The class started researching ancestral tradition and how that shapes who a person does or does not become. In the process, they looked at tradition from a global, cultural, and family perspective. The play will be a collage of the topics they found most interesting through this journey. “We've asked many questions along the way,” notes Fouché, including “What roles do myths play in our human awareness? Why is tradition so important? What happens when tradition is lost?”
Fouché says she especially loves non-linear storytelling. “It unleashes the artists' creativity and allows us to explore ideas through song, movement and other non-narrative ways. It's not our job to tell a linear story - it's our job to ask questions, lay a series of scenes and images before the audience and allow them to find the answers - or better yet, to not find answers, just ask questions of themselves.”
Although titled Intimate Portraits, “this is not an autobiographical piece,” Fouché states. “We've gathered stories from the community, done a great deal of individual research and framed our findings in creative and, hopefully, interesting ways.”
Students involved in the production include Brittany Ensor, Kelsey Gondek, Cole Harris, Shelley Hierstetter, Sarah Hull, Louisa Jenkins, Jennifer Litzinger, Elizabeth Maxman, Megan McCargish, Joshua Meltzer, Pia Moreno, Adrian Rowe, and Elena Waller.
The show is free and open to the public. For more information, call the box office at 410-857-2448.
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