Although there is a big dirt pile that the SMC main campus has been
centered around, our Theatre department isn’t piled underneath
the dirt. We have moved to the cramped space at the Airport campus.
The theatre department has turned an airport hanger into a theatre—Theatre
in the round: a theatre in which the audience surrounds the acting
area/space. It has been an interesting venue of plays this year.
Most appropriate for theatre in the round was Cirque Do Commedia
by Terrin Adair-Lynch. She co-wrote/improvised this show with the
actors that were cast in the show. She used stock characters that
originated from Greek New comedy and Roman comedy. These characters
included the Intriguer (Brighella), the Parasite, the Skeptic, the
Virgin, the Courtesan, the Clever Slave (Harlequin), and the Braggart
Soldier (Capitano). The play was set in a circus arena and had stock
characters very similar to the ones just named. This show used the
Hanger’s space very well and transformed this “inconvenience,”
into great entertainment.
The big spring show that many, including me, are greatly looking
forward to is Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale,
directed by Perviz Sawoski. It doesn’t open till the end of
May, but Sawoski is known for very interesting and beautifully insightful
work, everyone should see this show!
Ronit is a Theatre and a Women’s
Studies Major at Santa Monica College.