Linfield’s theatre season kicked off this past weekend with “Old Saybrook,” written by Woody Allen and directed by Linfield senior Chris Forrer.
This was the first main stage production that Forrer has directed, although he has appeared in several other plays.
Directing a main stage play was a longtime dream for Forrer and his passion for the craft was embedded into the final product.
The first play of the year, known as the “ice-breaker,” is a chance for freshmen actors and actresses to assimilate into the theatre program.
“Being that’s it’s a one-month rehearsal period, there are certain caveats on what shows you can look at,” Forrer said about his play choice. “It needs to have pretty equitable gender distribution. This one has four men, three women. It needs to be within six to eight people because we like to get younger people involved in the ice-breaker to sort of welcome them in and that play fit the bill.”
“Old Saybrook” was fairly short, only about 45 minutes long, but each second filled the theatre with laughter from the audience. The stage was beautifully set down to every last candle stick and scandalous photo by the stage manager senior Daphne Dossett.
The play is a witty show about a playwright, infidelity, and geese. The show included some harsh and sexual language that may not have been suitable for children.
The show welcomed a newcomer to the Linfield theatre circuit: freshman Logan Mays. Mays played the comically awkward, Hal, who, along with his wife, Sandy (portrayed by sophomore Mariko Kajita), stumble into an awkward situation. Mays’ character demanded that he be able to play both funny and serious, which Mays exceeded in. He hails from Rocklin, Calif., and is sure to be the leading man in many plays to come.
Kajita, a native of Japan, played a character with a more serious side in her acting debut. Kajita has spent three years in the United States, and although her accent overpowered her once or twice, she delivered a compelling performance.
Mays and Kajita delivered a dialogue at the end of the show that left the audience in existential silence.
The stage also shown with the passionate performances of sophomore Nicholas Granato, freshman Travis McKenna, sophomore Emily Meinel, senior McKenna Peterson, and sophomore Tim Singer.
“I think they’re doing an excellent job,” Forrer said. “I mean, a lot of the folks in this cast have not been in a show at Linfield before or have not been in a big show before coming to Linfield. They have absolutely knocked it out of the park and I’m really proud of them.”
The theatre department is already hard at work with it’s next performance, “Kickin’ Up Sand and Tellin’ Lies,” which is due to debut in early November.