Senior’s Theatre projects inspire individuality

Nikki Knupp : Enough (?), a Senior Project Performance
April 7, 7:50 pm, Studio Theatre Shannon Center

 

Enough (?) is an immersive performance of monologue and movement to spoken word, music, and video in five short mini acts that recreate the sensations of recalling childhood memories. In this particular true-to-life coming- of-age story, the audience walks in the shoes of the performer onstage as they blossom into the non-binary person they are today. Enough (?) will remind you that transgender people are much more than a Gender Studies lecture and a single day of visibility.”

QC: What inspired your project?  

“My inspiration was the necessity of explaining my experiences to hopefully spark compassion in people to learn more on their own about the transgender community.”

QC: Why should students come see it? What would they enjoy about it?

“I think students will enjoy that there’s a lot to connect to. It’s not a story that only trans people would relate to, but people of all genders, whether they be cisgender or transgender. It’s also super multimedia and has really neat music and some fun choreography in it, all packed into 15 minutes!”

QC: And finally, if you could sum up your show in an emoji, what would it be? 

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Oscar Nova : The Dewa Ruci; An Exploration of Wayang Golek
April 7, 7:00 pm, Studio Theatre Shannon Center

 

“[The show is] a look into Indonesian rod puppetry highlighting original hand-crafted puppets created by myself. Wayang Golek, or Indonesian rod puppetry, is a truly spectacular form of artistic theatre in which the dalang, or puppetmaster, uses the Wayang to explore the philosophy of the human spirit, and the relationship between the body, the soul, and the cosmos. The Dewa Ruci is a story based on the Hindu epic The Mahabharata, and follows Bima, one of five Pandawa brothers, as he embarks on a spiritual journey and seeks the guidance of a small god, the Dewa Ruci.”

QC: What inspired your project?  

“My college career has mirrored my high school career in many ways, highlighting my cyclical history. I touched upon Wayang Golek in high school, and now have come full circle to go even further in my understanding of Wayang.”

QC: Why should students come see it? What would they enjoy about it? 

“I explore an ancient, spectacular form of high theatre from Indonesia, which is  performance art completely different than traditional Western theatre, teeming to the brim with philosophy, wisdom, and fantastic characters ranging from gods to princesses to demons.”

QC: And finally, if you could sum up your show in an emoji, what would it be?

Crisitan Castillo : Rose of the Desert
April 5, 7:30 pm, Studio Theatre Shannon Center

 

“This play is about love, compassion, and family ties. The story explores the question: how do you leave the nest without it breaking? We follow the action through the lens of Rose, a student in Los Angeles whose family picks the fields of Fresno, California. Set against the backdrop of western desert, this drama incorporates realism, surrealism, and Chicano theatre.”

QC: What inspired your project?

“My own experiences as a Latino college student inspired my project. My ideas were also shaped by what I saw in people at my time in Whittier. I feel that the play ultimately is an expression of my own identity and that of my culture’s.”

QC: Why should students come see it? What would they enjoy about it?

“I think what drives right through the core of this play is love. Love is what powers the action and motion. I think everyone can relate to that. And the story we are telling is raw and honest. The project is wrapped in real love.”

QC: And finally, if you could sum up your show in an emoji, what would it be?

Ruben Sanchez : ART by Yasmina REZA
April 12-13, 7:30 pm, Studio Theatre Shannon Center

 

ART is a one-act play delving heavily into the long-term friendship that three men have shared. When one of the men buys a white painting worth 200,000 dollars, it leads to an introspective night filled with trivial arguments, upper class composure (and the lack of), lowbrow humor, constant mockery, reconcilement, and lots of Perrier’s.”

QC: What inspired your project?

“Shows like Sunday in the Park with George dealing with pointilism. RED dealt with Rothko and his color field paintings. These use famous art pieces and movements as their basis for a story and proceed to tell very intriguing stories worthy of two-hour plays. Also, the importance of telling a story about modern art in particular fascinated me.

QC: Why should students come see it? What would they enjoy about it? 

“Students should see the show since it’s free, it’s two nights, it features Garrett Specjher, Jacob Shore and Elan Garfias, three wonderful actors who I am sure will continue to make fantastic work. People will also enjoy the ridiculous modernist humor: held in realism, seeing upper class “yuppie culture” being stretched from its comfortable elegant stature to that of ridiculous savage animals states is a wonderful commentary that is hilarious to watch.”

QC: And finally, if you could sum up your show in an emoji, what would it be?

 (A white painting)

(A white painting)