McDaniel College Theatre presents “In Order to Form A MORE PERFECT UNION,” April 12 through April 15 at 7:30 p.m. in WMC Alumni Hall. The production is a creation of the theatre department’s Devised Theatre class.
The performance is the world-premiere of an original ensemble-devised work utilizing various methods of storytelling. The exciting and experimental effort will be 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 develop a unique piece using various creation techniques, including composition, viewpoints, improvisation, found text, adaptation and group writing.
The theme for this year’s performance will be the division in America. “Walls have been erected between the oppressed populations and those empowered; between immigrants and ‘Americans;’ between millennials and the older generations,” says Fouché. “The show takes a closer look at this divide and ponders the steps we can take to lead to healing.”
“It has been a real pleasure working with this group of theatre artists — they’re all talented in many different areas and there is no lack of material being mined. It’s more a matter of what not to use. I view myself as an editor in this process. However, the bulk of the material has been created and staged by the cast and our assistant director, Jennifer Shillingburg.”
In addition to Shillingburg, other McDaniel students involved in the performance are Bryan Bowen, Torreke Evans, Joseph Fox, Antoinette Martin, Olivia Michel, Brandon Richards, Megan Smith, Alex Tolle, and Jennifer Willard.
The show is free and open to the public. For more information, call the box office at 410-857-2448.
Saturday, April 15 at 7:30pm
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