TWU students budding playwrights

Created with the trappings of 1930's cabaret and pop clichés, DPVH Pt. I examines moments from the lives of five desperate characters fighting to experience the realities of life. For the past three months, Guthrie and her classmates used their developing skills as playwrights and actors to find, define and bring to life these characters and their worlds. Guthrie was responsible for the creation of Stephanie, a fearless six-and-a-half year-old ice skater who creates fictional places to deal with abandonment.

“I've never been involved in anything like this before,” says Guthrie a fourth-year drama major. “I've found playing the character you create is an experience that truly stretches you. You have to explore yourself and make yourself vulnerable in ways you're not used to to make them real.”

Although more familiar with the performance aspect of theatre—including productions of “The Pupil”, “The Lesson”, “The Mail Order Bride”, and “Defying Gravity”—Guthrie made a personal attempt at playwriting last spring which did earn a public reading.

“DPVH Part 1 is the first production of its kind to come out of TWU,” says director Scott Campbell. “Not only in terms of the collaboration process the students have gone through, but because of what the show incorporates. It's really a reflection of their experiences—where they've been, where they are, and where they're going.”

Guthrie anticipates the audience's response. “Hopefully people will see bits of themselves in our characters and they'll ask themselves some questions—just like we had to ask ourselves questions when creating the characters,” she says.

“I'm passionate about doing something that challenges our perceptions. I believe that happened in our creative process and I think that's what'll happen with the audience. Regardless, it's been a great experience.”

Directed by Scott Campbell, “DPVH Pt.1” also includes Langley's Robyn Hilary Roukema as Stage Manager. Other cast members are Rachel Blair as Deondra, Michelle Grube as Emily, Meaghan Brister as Melissa, and Thomas Gage as the Baron of the Streets

“Dr. Prescription's Variety Hour—Part 1: How to Erect a Paper Wall” runs Wednesday to Saturday, December 1to 4 at 8:00 p.m., with a matinee at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. The theatre is located in Freedom Hall of the Robert N. Thompson building on the TWU campus (7600 Glover Road). Tickets are $5 to $8 and are available at the University Bookstore or at the door.

For more information, contact drama@twu.ca

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,500 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 38 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 13 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and leadership.

Last Updated: 2015-07-20
Author: Keela Keeping