On October 26 and 27, the theater department performed four one-act plays, including Coffee With God, which was student-directed by William Tavel ('13). The other three were directed by performing arts teacher Charles Johnson.
The play was followed by Coffee With God, starring Jai Paton ('13) as God and Danny Nielsen ('13) as Kal. Kal and God have a long one-on-one discussion in a coffee shop. Kal bombards God with questions, which begin innocently about whether or not God is behind the parking spaces that open up in Manhattan. They progress to much graver matters, including the death of Kal's mother. God, who takes on a very human personality, explains that the world is too complex for him to control everything, that he has given humans free will, and maintains a relatively hands-off role in the everyday workings of the world. While the play has its humorous moments, a hug between God and Kal and an appearance of Kal's dead mother give the play a more profound and thought-provoking tone.
After a brief intermission, the third of four plays started. The final two plays were absurdist works, beginning with The Sandbox, starring Alessandra Mejia ('14) as a grandmother. A couple brings their mother and mother-in-law to a city park and drops her in a sandbox. Behind her is a shirtless Southern Californian actor played by Nielsen whom the grandmother is clearly attracted to. While the couple talk to the grandmother in an exasperated tone and consider her to be burdensome, the actor treats her with a greater respect. After the grandmother mocks the couple's pity for her, she dies in the sandbox.
The final play of the show was by far the longest. It was also the funniest and left a lasting positive impression on the audience. The Bald Soprano contained everything the audience wanted in a play: humor, British accents, and one of Dexter Warren's ('13) patented seizures. The play is set in the Smith house, where the Smiths (Josh Czerwiec ('13) and Rebecca Mazer ('14)) invite the Martins (Lisette Booty ('13) and Dexter Warren ('13)) over for dinner. The couples make small talk, and the Martins do not appear to know each other. In a hilarious back-and-forth between husband and wife, the pair slowly begin to realize that they travel together, live together, and sleep in the same bed. Due to their impressive chemistry as a couple, the Martins deserve the performance of the night award. Through all the confusion, none of the characters seem to understand each other. After the Smiths are ding-dong-ditched several times, the women conclude that a ringing doorbell signifies the absence of anybody at the door. The men, however, feel differently. The argument concludes when on the fourth ring, a fire chief (Jai Paton ('13)) emerges. The party chats the night away with animated storytelling.
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