The opportunity to bring a brand new play from page to stage is rare for student directors. With Reading to Vegetables, Tina Polzin, a student in our Professional Director Training Program (PDTP), will work directly with Portland-based playwright EM Lewis to create a Hitchcockian world of suspense on stage for the very first time. Inspired by Milgram’s famous “Obedience to Authority Studies” of the 1960s, this psychological thriller centers on a pre-med student, working as a research assistant, who poses as a coma victim. Her test subjects unwittingly share their secrets, and when a terrible accident occurs, the audience is left to decide who is responsible. The heightened stakes of this reality-based drama irrevocably lead to the question, “What would you do?”
A post-show talk will be held on Saturday, February 1.
|Sunam Ellis||Dr. Janoviak|
|Joe Ngo||Dr. Bennett|
|Phillip Lienau||Scenic Design|
|Melinda Hare||Costume Design|
|Paul Arnold||Lighting Design|
|Andrew Swan||Sound Design/Stage Manager|