College students perform and audience participates in unique Saint
Oct. 17, 2004
Lacey, Wash. – The Saint Martin’s College Department
of Theatre Arts will present a theater game play by Megan Terry in
November. “Comings and Goings” is made up of two characters: he and she.
The production will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11-13 and
17-20 at the Midnight Sun theater space, 113 North Columbia Street,
Olympia. Tickets, which can be purchased at the door, are $10; $6 for
seniors and students. A pay-what-you-will show is Nov. 17.
“I chose this play because I was drawn to its
non-traditional format,” says John Ficker, director, and Saint Martin’s
The two-character play features five actors who
tag-team in and out of unrelated scenes that range from a car crash to
satellites revolving in space. The audience participates by randomly
sending a new actor into a scene, which changes the direction of what is
happening on stage. Because of the audience’s participation, each
performance will be unique.
“What ties the pieces together is the question of how
we deal with the he when we are she, and she when we are he,” explains
Ficker. “The play helps us to explore the questions of what tools we use
to achieve what we want – is high status more effective than low status,
is it manipulation or a power play, and how are those things different?”
Ficker has worked with many local theater companies
and most recently directed “Sophie” by Bryan Willis. Ficker serves on
the City of Olympia’s Arts Commission and is the former artistic
director of Artesian Theater.
For more information, please call the college’s
department of theatre arts, (360) 438-4345.
For more information:
Associate professor, theatre arts
Office of Communication