If you have been missing your friends in Rep Term, you will have the opportunity to see them again soon. Their two-part show, Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, will open tonight with Millennium Approaches and run through March 6. Directed by professors Elizabeth Carlin-Metz and Kelly Hogan, the two full-length shows explore characters who struggle to understand their past and create a prejudice-free future.
“This is going to be one of the shows people are going to talk about,” said senior Lindsey Murrell, the public relations manager for Repertory Term. The show deals with issues such as AIDS, homosexuality, race and faith.
“It’s about bringing these issues to light but not victimizing them,” said Murrell. “You can be a survivor no matter what life throws at you.”
The show deals with a complex variety of problems as the troubled characters face the prospect of a new millennium and struggle against the fear of change.
“It sounds really heavy, but it is also a funny show,” said Murrell. “There are so many characters you can really invest in.”
Usually, Rep Term participants produce two separate shows. This year, however, the two shows are connected. Millennium Approaches, directed by Hogan, is the first part, set in New York during the 1980s. The same characters reappear in the second part, Perestroika, directed by Carlin-Metz, though they are not all played by the same actors.
“People are definitely going to get a more full experience if they come to both shows,” said Murrell.
Another aspect of these shows that makes it different from the past years is the use of videography within the scenes. This means there will be film that coordinates with sound and light projected onto the set at the same time as the actors are working on stage.
“[Videography] is the perfect collaboration of having movie moments in the theater,” said Murrell. “People are seriously going to be blown away. Things are happening all the time.”
Members of Rep Term have been working for the entire term on producing these productions in every way, whether it is on stage, in the costume room or constructing the set. Students spend time in lecture, conservatory and rehearsing the show.
“It’s really good to have this opportunity,” said Murrell. “It’s more of an internship than a class.”
Murrell hopes to do public relations for theatre companies in the future and will be able to build a portfolio with this experience and add her Rep Term title onto her resume. In addition to her work for the shows, she has made connections with other students and collaborated with faculty in coming up with ideas for the show. This is not an uncommon experience for the average Rep Term student.
“If you put your all into it, you will get the world,” said Murrell.
Rep Term occurs every three years at Knox. This year, 36 students participated in the experience in various capacities.
“I feel really prepared,” said Murrell. “It’s going to be a great show.”
(directed by Kelly L. Hogan)
February 25th @ 7:30pm
February 27th @ 2:00pm
March 2nd @ 7:30pm
March 4th @ 7:30pm
March 6th @ 2:00pm
Perestroika (directed by Liz Carlin-Metz)
February 26th @ 7:30pm
February 27th @ 7:30pm
March 3rd @ 7:30pm
March 5th @ 7:30pm
March 6th @ 7:30pm