RDC's Theatre students present Mad Forest this October
Central Albertans are invited to explore the family, social and political themes of Mad Forest, RDC’s first theatrical performance of the season. The play takes place during the Romanian Revolution of 1989, and the topics explored metaphorically resemble a thickly tangled forest of distrust and understanding.
“This play has been on our ‘long list’ for about seven years, because it’s a terrific student vehicle that enables young actors to play a variety of roles and styles,” says Thomas Usher, Mad Forest Director and Theatre Performance & Creation Instructor at RDC. “Through a unique storytelling approach, the students present a topical play that resonates with contemporary audiences.”
Usher notes that the ensemble-style play is ideal for student actors who are just starting their second year of training at RDC. “Ensemble work means that all students are afforded more than one character role,” he explains. “It’s a manageable production to fit into a compressed two-and-a-half week rehearsal schedule, as it would be in the professional world. Its style of performance is also important for young actors to be exposed to, because it’s likely they would be involved in this style of play early in their careers.”
Written by Caryl Churchill, Mad Forest was created from eye-witness interviews, and it was first performed only five months after the revolution in Romania. As a playwright, Churchill crafts highly metaphorical plays to address social and political oppression. In Mad Forest, she uses the relatable dynamics of family relationships to explore the larger, complex political world of the Romanian struggle and the uncertainties of the era.
“I’m drawn to this play for what it can do for the audience,” says Usher. “Mad Forest can help audiences to confront and engage their imaginary capacity while also provoking discussion over the valuable socio-political themes that are part of our world.”
Mad Forest is presented by RE/MAX through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Age Group: Teens and adults
Warning: strong language
Studio A, Arts Centre
Evenings: October 13-15 & 19-22 | 7:30 pm
Matinees: October 15 & 22 | 1:00 pm
School Matinee: October 19 | 12:00 pm
Performances are suitable for teens and adults. Tickets are available online through the Black Knight Ticket Centre.
For complete details on the 2016-17 season, please visit School of Creative Arts Showtime.
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