Student-written play prepares for performances

By Kyra Smith-Cullen
A&E Editor

February 28, 2013

Photo Courtesy of Kyra Smith-Cullen.The cast of ‘My Window to Yours’, from left to right: Christina Jones, Chelsea Smith, Blair Allen, Emily Holmes, Louis Lopez, Jordan Mangis, Gavin D’Ulisse, Christopher Rex, Keon Colter, Dusty Guerra, and Kailyn Mayshock

Photo Courtesy of Kyra Smith-Cullen.
The cast of ‘My Window to Yours’, from left to right: Christina Jones, Chelsea Smith, Blair Allen, Emily Holmes, Louis Lopez, Jordan Mangis, Gavin D’Ulisse, Christopher Rex, Keon Colter, Dusty Guerra, and Kailyn Mayshock

Two students will have the chance to see their creative efforts rewarded when the University Players perform ‘My Window to Yours’. The play begins showing in Sloan’s Countdown Theatre on March 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Sophomores Christopher Rex, an English major, and Louis Lopez, a theater major, had to revise their original script several times after it was involved in multipleworkshops and received audience feedback.

“Once everyone heard what we were trying to do, they were really encouraging,” said Lopez. “The thing about the theater community is that everybody is supportive. If you want to succeed, you have to want your friend to succeed.”

The play is about Jerry, a socially anxious man, and his puppet Nez, who acts as a medium for Jerry’s unhindered thoughts. Becca and Nigel, Jerry’s older sister and best friend, are concerned about him and decide to set him up on a blind date, hoping to ease him out of his issues. The pair decides that the best person to move past the puppet is to choose the blind Cindy, and things get complicated when a possibly insane puppet salesman Alex enters the picture.

“We’ve wanted to work together for a while and Louis’ original idea was about a town who communicates through puppets. We decided to narrow it to one man and from there, it was just a maelstrom of creativity,” Rex said.

For both Lopez and Rex, the hardest part after writing ‘My Window to Yours’ was selecting a cast to perform it. Auditions ran for over six hours and the directors made a rare decision to have two casts: The main and the understudies. Most performers will be in two viewings , and the only actor who will be in all shows is Jordan Mangis, who plays Jerry and Nez.

“How I act differs between two cast because there are some word and position changes,” Mangis, a sophomore majoring in English, said. “It was challenging learning how to perform with each cast and learning how to play two different characters.”

“Working with both casts is so much fun. We’re just a big group of kids with a show to put on,” said Blair Allen, a sophomore theatre major who plays Becca. “But when it comes down to it, we all do what we need to do. We all share a love for this thing called acting.”

 ‘My Window to Yours’ will have a total of four shows, running at 7:30 on March 6, 7, 8 & 9. Tickets are free, but must be obtained at Sloan’s box office.

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