Are you interested in theatre at Brown? Whether you’re a veteran actor or a fresh newbie, you’ve come to the right place – Stage Write! I’m Olivia Cummings, first-year Shakespeare enthusiast, techie, and budding thespian. I’ll be writing about my experiences in the various facets of theatre life at Brown this year.
Here at Brown there’s one thing were very good at: having options! From our open curriculum to our endless extracurriculars, there’s always something new to try out. This gift, however, can occasionally be a curse in disguise when you have many options to choose from but only limited time. A great example of this was this past weekend’s ridiculously large number of plays and musicals including: pw’s The Flick, gilbert and sullivan‘s Little Women, sock and buskin’s Mr. Burns, and shakespeare on the green’s King Lear! Read below to learn why so many shows from so many different theatre groups opened on the same weekend.
The most obvious reason why so many shows opened this weekend was the timing. It’s a little under two months since the semester started, which is a good amount of time to practice, block, and tech most shows. Also, next weekend is Spring Weekend. Though I haven’t experienced it yet, it seems as though the days leading up Spring Weekend/actual Spring Weekend itself is solely reserved for parties and hanging out with your friends. Since no one wants to miss out on Spring Weekend for rehearsal, it’s better to have your show open the weekend before.
So, as every theatre company wants to produce a mid-semester show, and no one wants to rehearse during Spring Weekend, a bunch of shows open every year the weekend before Spring Weekend in early April.
See below for each show’s beautiful poster. Which one (or ones) would you want to see?