“We could do a play that explores the student experience, for example. It would be cute and fun, but that’s not challenging for us, or for the audience. I think that Kenyon students are smarter than that. They see a lot of that, but they deserve better theater than that.”
As a person who is not involved in theater, it seemed like a set rule to me that Kenyon’s non-mainstage theater productions were always held either by a group or as a senior thesis. However, I was proved wrong yesterday when I had the pleasure of sitting down with director Elgin Martin ‘17 and stars Asha McAllister ‘15 and Natasha Preston ‘17, all Drama majors, to talk to them about their upcoming, independently run production.
The show is Going to St. Ives by Lee Blessing, the story of two impressive women brought together by that which is personal and divided by that which is political as they both seek to accomplish the greater good. It will be completely independent, having no association with any of Kenyon’s student-run theater groups, and it is not a thesis.