Framed-In Theater (Feature Article)

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By Andrew Zhang '21

By Julie Chung ’21

By Andrew Zhang ’21

The fifth annual Framed-In Theater took place in the NEO on April 19th and 20th. Students wrote and staged their own plays, casted the actors, and prepared costumes and props. Each play focused on the theme of globalization, had to incorporate several required props, and had to take place inside an onstage frame. Additionally, each play had to begin with the line, “That is a baseless superstition,” and end with, “Where do I even start? Six short plays, entitled, “Peace Talk,” “Hitmen Have Feelings Too,” “La Casa de Ignorancia,” “Our Hidden Hill,” “Big Talkers,” and “Random Selection,” were performed.

Olivia Thompson ’18, writer for the comedic play “Hitmen Have Feelings Too,” said, “[Globalization] was a very interesting theme… I wasn’t sure if I could use it in a comedic sense… but it was a very interesting experience!” Olivia also said that she enjoyed looking at the various interpretations that the writers had this year, as well as the different stories created from the common theme. Talia Mayo ’21, an actor in the play “Random Selection” said, “I think that [globalization] was a very cool theme, but also very broad, leaving room for interpretation.” The writer for “Our Hidden Hill,” John Howley ’21, said that “the theme, globalization, was interesting because there were so many different paths you can take… which opened many different doors to make a story.” Howley said that working with his peers was a really great experience, and that he enjoyed having the freedom to create his own story. These plays were very well received by the audience. After watching the plays from the Framed-In Theater, Andrew Zhang ’21 said, “The whole play is grouped by many skits, and it’s really interesting that every skit has its own style and emotion…” Thomas Martin ’19 said that it was very entertaining to see his friends and classmates’ creative sides through these skits. The Framed-In-Theater was a wonderful experience for students to explore their creativity through screenwriting.