Black Box Preview

Daniel O'Brien, A&E Editor

“We have a good cast and we’re all like a family, so it’ll be a lot of fun,” said Jessa Roberts, the Drama Club president.
For this fall semester, the Black Box team will be performing in productions that will be entertaining and innovative.  In the past, the Black Box has tended to put on plays that are dramatic in nature.  This semester, they are taking a fresh approach.
Different is perhaps the best word to describe their production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Wonder of the World.” Hysterically absurd and nonsensical, this play follows Cass as she leaves her husband in order to experience the world.  Everything from Niagara Falls to a lonely boat captain to a humongous peanut butter jar will delight audiences in “Wonder of the World.”
Another production on the Black Box’s agenda is Homecoming Improv.  Improv, or improvisational theatre, usually takes the form of a game played by the actors.  While the game provides structure, everything that happens during the show is not planned.
“The main thing about improv is you really don’t know what you’re going to get into,” said Lynn Lafky, Drama Club vice president and Black Box co-director, “you have to make it up as you go along.”
The Homecoming Improv for this semester will have characters from the 1970s to the modern day based on how long SMSU has been an institution.
All of the shows put on by the Black Box are student-led and student-run productions.  Faculty and advisors have no input in what drama students do with their productions.
“That’s something that you don’t get to do at a lot of schools,” Roberts said, “you are responsible for making the show happen.”
If you are interested in getting involved with Drama Club or Black Box, please contact:
Jessa Roberts
[email protected]
Nadine Schmidt
[email protected]

Upcoming productions for the Black Box:

Homecoming Improv Dates and Times: Oct. 4 and 5 at 9:00 p.m.Oct. 6 at 3:00 p.m.
“Wonder of the World” Dates and Times: Nov. 15 and 17 at 7:30 p.m.Nov. 18 at 2:00 p.m.