2013 Senior Showcase
Novus Productions--in association with MCVTS School of Arts--is proud to announce the 2013 MCVTS Senior Showcase. The showcase will run November 15 and 16 at 7:00 PM in the MCVTS East Brunswick Auditorium located at 112 Rues Ln., East Brunswick, New Jersey. Tickets are free for teachers and administrators (K-college) and to all performing arts professionals, $3 for students and seniors, and $5 general admission.
The 2013 MCVTS Senior Showcase is the culmination of four years of hard work from the program's theater students. The showcase assignment requires students to create, design, perform, manage, and produce a full event, incorporating all seniors and their fields of interest--with minimal teacher involvement. This year's senior class is premiering a short film, Expecting Anna, and producing three new works from emerging playwrights.
Disseminate, by Javier Aladren, explores a world in which procreation is against the law. When Paul (John Gryl, from Old Bridge) wants to have sex with Mary (Kelsey Rodriguez, from Carteret), they face the rage of their guardian, Patty (Brittany Guben, from East Brunswick) and unexpected consequences.
What do You Wanna Say at Bedtime by Dan Baker is a coming of age tale about embracing family. Unable to fall asleep one night, Mia (Emily Pabish, from Dunellen) asks her older sister Joan (Brittany Guben) for a bedtime story and she reluctantly agrees. While Mia listens to stories of Chad the farm boy (John Gryl), Jean from the city (Kelsey Rodriguez), and Lucy the vampire (Marjorie Sullivan, from Woodbridge), she sees what her sister has really been going through with her boyfriend Brad.
House Keeping by Hope Wondowsky is about broken and decrepit House (Emily Pabish), home to Sonja (Marjorie Sullivan) a college student who is fed up with her talking house. House has let herself go; rotting boards, rusty toilets, and broken appliances. Sonja finally decides to leave House behind, but House isn't exactly fan of that plan. House Keeping explores what happens when our biggest comfort and safe place, turns on us.
The Three Alumni Playwrights:
Javier Aladren is a junior at Ohio University in the Honors Tutorial College, majoring in Theatre Performance and Playwriting. He has been writing plays since high school, and tends to focus on rather heady, brainy sort of things. He also plays the guitar, piano, and ukulele, and acts. Most recent plays include "Immolation," on political satire, and "The Waiting Room," on visual and audio hallucinations.
D.R. Baker, who would prefer you call him "Dan" in conversation, is a playwright, musician, sound designer, and actor currently based out of Athens, Ohio. He is in his third year studying Lighting & Sound and Playwriting at Ohio University. This is his second script to be featured by Novus Productions, after the premiere of his 10-minute New Play Development in 2011. Other works include Looks & Hooks, a one-act play about the discovery of a Chinese spy satellite, and Once A Fishbone, a full-length which discusses eating disorders, video blogs, and annoying teenagers with good intentions. Dan is a freelancer in all of the disciplines mentioned above and would love it if you hired him.
Hope Wondowsky is a Junior BFA playwright at Ohio University. Previously she has Dramaturged for the Seabury Quinn Jr. Playwright's Festival and been an associate producer for SOUP's UPP show at OU. Some of her plays include: Giving a shit, Stereopsis, and Unicorns Save the World. Over the summer, she had a script reading internship for the Arts/West Humble Play Festival, and was a production assistant for The Art of Painting in the New York Fringe Festival. She is very honored to be working with this year's Seniors, and hopes they have a very successful year.
Expecting Anna is a short film about a young man finally coming to terms with reality and accepting that life is not fair, but there is always someone who has it worse than him. Chris Vano never had a thing work out the way he expected it to, especially when it comes to girls. When he meets Anna, age 21, on Match.com, he believes that she will be everything he expected and he can finally accept that life isn't filled with disappointment. Too bad Anna is the complete opposite of what he expected. Anna takes Chris on a journey that will help him realize that nothing is never as it seems. Students Lea Burlew (from Avenel) and Abbi Newfeld (from Colonia) wrote, directed, and produced the film that will premiere at the 2013 Senior Showcase.
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