Dan Kelly is a great friend of mine; an incredibly talented friend who works as a director, an actor, and more recently... a writer. A year ago or so, Dan approached me with a play he wanted me to look over and give some feedback on. After I read it, I told him that it needed to be, had to be, done. I had never been so excited over a student written play, and I felt instantly connected to it. And somehow...one way or another... here I am getting the opportunity to direct the first workshop of the play here at Nebraska Wesleyan University.
I feel like this is exactly the kind of work that I want to create in my future. One of the greatest things about theatre is that it's always changing, moving, shifting to fit with or grind against our times. I want to be one of the people who creates that new theatre. I want to help give a voice to my generation in the world of theatre.
And Dan Kelly's work fits perfectly into the new generation of theatre. It's a story that follows a group of college friends, and what happens when one boy kisses another boy, who also happens to be his best friend. Mere tweets begin to ruin lives, characters imaginations run away from them into thumping techno sex nightmares, and everybody seems to be talking but no one is listening. It's a world that is controlled by Twitterverse, Pinterest, Facebook, dating websites, and whatever else is on the internet that tells us to post, to tell everyone how we're feeling, to update, to create profiles centered around you and who you are and who you want to be, without ever asking you to listen or to learn. And the real questions at the end of this is, that still haunt me are, what really matters? Who are your real friends? What is this world that we have created?
It's a show I'm looking forward to, and you should as well. #BFAproblems #socialmediaishard #hashtag
7:30pm - December 9, 10, 11 2013
@ Nebraska Wesleyan Studio Theatre
48th and St Paul, Lincoln Nebraska
Admission will be free to the public :)