So I'm that connected to all these folks by virtue of the fact that I've worked with Tony? I feel very busy and important.
So glad this is being produced. So nice a new play is attracting an audience!
I thought this was a really well-conceived production with excellent performances. I have tended to stay away from this play since I didn't really like the title character. Meghan made her fascinating!
And Mr. Davis: "Justin Asher is convincing as a newly-dry drunk, all anxious and white-knuckled." One of my favorite sentences I've ever come across in a review.
Terry--I don't know. Lindsay Roberts, who is taking over for Janie, would probably know. I'll make sure to bring it up. Just to be clear: I was commenting on the lack of guidelines for differentiating between students and non-students.
I'm Kell Christie, by the way. I forgot I had a mysterious alias.
It seems that mayfield is upset about two separate things--community actors being cast in college productions, and community actors receiving awards. As a college Ostrander judge, I don't have any control over the former, and have been assigned the task of identifying excellence in the latter. There's nothing in any of our guidelines that specifies that students be separated in eligibility from non-students. That being the case, we just do our best to recognize some small portion of the excellence that we see.
Marques Brown, a commenter here, until recently was a UM student, albeit not in the theatre department. In his copious spare time, he could have auditioned for a show and been eligible for an award. This gentleman has been a professional actor for more than a decade, and in fact won a community Ostrander during the time that he was a student. He has more life experience than most college undergraduates, but would have been a student just the same.
We have tended to focus on actors and directors in this discussion, but designers are an important part of the discussion as well. College design faculty have more program credits, by necessity, than college performance faculty or even college directing faculty. (A college lighting designer, for example, might design all of the shows on a season, and will usually design more than one.) If we only recognized students, there would be some seasons when an entire design category might have to be omitted, since no students would have participated. I would hate to do that, since I think that designers are, by and large, more awesome than actors or directors. But truthfully, I don't think that John McFadden, for example, even notices when he's been nominated for an award; that's one of a thousand reasons I adore him.
Loved this production! Excellent work by all artists involved.
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