Title

Selected Scene from Crossing by Reza De Wet, presented by Sarah Andrews

Presenter Information

Sarah Andrews

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Theatre

Start Date

15-5-2014

End Date

15-5-2014

Keywords

Contemporary, Intimate, Art

Abstract

Crossing is a ghost story written by award winning Afrikaans playwright Reza De Wet. Wet’s play Crossing portrays violent, thought provoking themes such as sexual abuse, rape, servitude, death, life after death, and imprisonment, all through a lens of human sexuality. I have chosen to direct Crossing because it presents a challenge to both myself and other students involved on the project. Part of my approach to directing this play is encouraging my actors to break their personal boundaries by building intimacy through games and activities related to the script. The space we are presenting in is very small, so every movement and gesture will be seen; the more detailed the character the more believable they will be. For my crew, I’m encouraging them to think simplistically and to only emphasize the important elements of the set. Learning how to work with sensitive themes such as the ones presented in Crossing, will make myself, my cast, and my crew more seasoned theatre artists. This experience will later benefit us in the future when we look for jobs and graduate programs. Furthermore, because of the nature of college theatre, students rarely have the opportunity to work on small-cast, contemporary pieces like Crossing. All around, Crossing is a great student project because it presents the students with an opportunity to work on a challenging piece that will benefit them in the future.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dizney, Patrick

Additional Mentoring Department

Theatre

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Selected Scene from Crossing by Reza De Wet, presented by Sarah Andrews

SURC Theatre

Crossing is a ghost story written by award winning Afrikaans playwright Reza De Wet. Wet’s play Crossing portrays violent, thought provoking themes such as sexual abuse, rape, servitude, death, life after death, and imprisonment, all through a lens of human sexuality. I have chosen to direct Crossing because it presents a challenge to both myself and other students involved on the project. Part of my approach to directing this play is encouraging my actors to break their personal boundaries by building intimacy through games and activities related to the script. The space we are presenting in is very small, so every movement and gesture will be seen; the more detailed the character the more believable they will be. For my crew, I’m encouraging them to think simplistically and to only emphasize the important elements of the set. Learning how to work with sensitive themes such as the ones presented in Crossing, will make myself, my cast, and my crew more seasoned theatre artists. This experience will later benefit us in the future when we look for jobs and graduate programs. Furthermore, because of the nature of college theatre, students rarely have the opportunity to work on small-cast, contemporary pieces like Crossing. All around, Crossing is a great student project because it presents the students with an opportunity to work on a challenging piece that will benefit them in the future.