By: Matthew Von LukawieckI- Staff Writer
Brock students in the Department of Dramatic Arts are currently preparing for the premiere of a play that is sure to shake students’ ideas of what theatre can be. The student production, Scream Out of Eden, is being performed at the end of the month and it is likely to break the mold and shatter expectations.
When asked to describe the play, writer, designer and director James McCoy had this to say, “It is an experiment. It’s nothing that has been done before.” The play is largely based around audience involvement in the production. This comes in many forms, such as choices made by the audience members as well as audience members interacting with props.
“The audience is brought in by the storyteller character… The audience makes specific choices. They’re offered 12 choices and that actually changes how the play evolves,” explained McCoy.
The play is supposed to be largely based on the special effects on stage. Even more importantly is the role that music plays in the production. On the role of music in the play, McCoy said, “It’s huge. There is a lullaby sung by multiple characters that is hypnotizing. It is used in a very non-traditional sense.” The music in the play is also used to portray the characters in the show. However, he points out, the absence of music is also important. “The only thing that doesn’t have music is death because death is boring. Not every death is in the middle of a fireball.”
This play’s plot is described by McCoy as “One walks the razor’s edge of madness and acceptance, one tries to control the beast inside, and one has a visceral hunger for answers that she can’t let go of.” It is loaded with character backstory which will allow the audience to really get to the core of every character in the play. Howeve, McCoy warns that, “The thing is that the plot changes with the audience so it’s quite difficult… and it’s also not chronological.”
This play is intended for any audience, assuming they are over the age of 16 and don’t have a sensitivity to strobe lights. This is due to the mature subject matter of the production and various special effects.
“It’s for anyone who wants to feel something.”
Despite the relatively short amount of time for the production to prepare before the debut, it is still showing promise of being unique and innovative to theatre as an art form. On top of the abundance of techniques being used in the production, it is also being performed in the round. This means that the audience will be seated all around the stage to reveal a fully exposed, 360 degree perspective.
The show is being put on in TH103, with waiting room for audience members in TH105. Shows are November 29, 30 and December 1 with matinées starting at 1:00 p.m. and regular shows starting at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets can be reserved on the play’s Facebook page or by members of the cast and crew, or purchased at the door if seats are still available.