Theatre Activ- Director Style


Hey there BU!

It has certainly been a whirlwind since getting back from the winter break. Adding, dropping and starting classes is always a hectic time, but it seems to be getting under control. One thing that hasn’t been slowing down is the student run TheatreActiv Festival! This festival is very similar to that of New Plays. It has the same concept- a student run festival, with student directors, designers and students. The only difference is that these re not student-written plays, they are published one acts that the directors have chosen. The festival coordinators, Kristy Benz and Simon Lee have been spending countless hours in the theatre ensuring the festival runs smoothly. In a little over a week the festival will open! Three nights are packed with some fantastic student work. I’ve stage managed, acted and coordinated before so this time I decided to try my hand at directing it’s definitely been one of the best learning experiences I’ve had. I chose a play called Post-Its (Notes on a Marriage) written by Paul Dooley and Winnie Holzman. The play follows a couple’s relationship from beginning to end via post-it notes. The play has been a pleasure to work on with my two talented actors, Bronwyn McIntyre and Adam Morris, paired with my fabulous stage manager, Rebecca Durocher. This week tech will start, that means there are a whole lot more hours spent in the theatre, but there’s nothing better! The schedule for the festival is:


Night A: January 29th and February 1st

-The American Century by Murphy Guyer

– Post-Its (Notes on a Marriage) by Paul Dooley and Winnie Holzman

– The Singer by Frank Wedekind


Night B: January 30th and February 2nd

– The Tell Tale Heart By Edgar Allen Poe, Adapted for the stage by Ben Gravel

– East End Tales by Fin Kennedy

– Savage/Love by Sam Shepard

*This night will include an audience talk-back after the performances


Night C: January 31st and February 3rd

– The Zoo Story by Edward Albee

– 4:48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane

– Offending the Audience by Peter Handke


Ticket prices are 1/6$ or 3/15$. Wine and beer will be sold as well! These festivals really are one of the best things this department and school have to offer. It’s a time when you can see a business student on the stage with a drama major and a politics student… everyone comes together to make this festival possible and when show time comes it really is something special. So next week from the 29th to the 3rd, try and come out to support one of BU’s gems.




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