Romeo and Juliet

Behind the Scenes

One Acts 2012
Director Profile:

Kristen Taylor, WWU alum, associate dean of women

Play Summary
The short one act, “I Can’t Think Of It Right Now” by Nick Zagone, highlights the entertaining interactions of a young married couple who are settled in for the evening after a long day of work. It’s a peek into an average day of domestic life and gives the audience the opportunity to relate as they hyper focus on that one thing they just can’t seem to remember.

Questions

1. Is this the first One Act you have directed? If not, what other One Acts have you directed?

“No, I directed a One Act while I was a student here at Walla Walla University (I was a speech major and drama and religion minor). I directed in 2004 and it was called ‘Next!’ by Rand Higbee.”

2. What got you interested in directing plays? Is there any specific person who got you interested?

“I got involved in theater while in high school and I truly look back on 2 roles that were integral to understanding the true camaraderie of the theater and sparked my love of full productions. The first being a small role in a traveling production of ‘Rahab’ and then being cast as Raina Petkoff in ‘Arms and the Man’ by George Bernard Shaw. My drama director at that time was Shelley-jeane SoulÚ and we worked on at least 5 full length productions together. I then went on to work at Camp Ida-Haven for 12 summers as Program Director and Drama teacher.”

3. How many years have you been involved with drama at WWU, elsewhere?

“While a student at WWU I was involved in 10 productions and more specifically learned new techniques and elements in the variance of productions that I was in; such as ‘The Great Divorce’ that added the element of acting for TV, then ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ adding singing and choreography, ‘A Man for All Seasons’ playing a serious role that had strong emotional elements as Alice More, and then ‘The Romancers’, a romantic comedy, that as students was the culmination of our acting and directing skills throughout our time at WWU.”
“Post college I directed several productions as fundraisers, banquets and one large production of ‘Our Town’.”

4. What are you most excited about/looking forward to most?

“I am excited to be back at Walla Walla University and the opportunity to work with the drama department in general. I am a strong supporter of WWU’s Communications department and have appreciated the skill set that I gained as a student and how that translated into my career of deaning at different academies and universities. My favorite part has been working with my actors! They are so amazing and it has been super enjoyable in rehearsals and I’m lucky to have them in my One Act.”

5. Who is your favorite movie/stage actor?

“I actually don’t have a favorite actor. Weird I know. If I had to pick someone that I have been appreciating lately it would probably be Nicole Kidman.”

Director Profile:

Nicole Im, WWU student (English major, drama minor)

Play Summary
“Tape” by JosÚ Rivera; if we knew everything we said was being recorded, would we act differently? This play explores the connection between relationships and deceit.

Questions

1. Is this the first One Act you have directed? If not, what other One Acts have you directed?

“This is the first one act I've directed.”

2. What got you interested in directing plays? Is there any specific person that got you interested?

"Directing a one act is actually a part of the drama minor requirement at WWU, but I've really enjoyed the experience and would like to do more directing in the future."

3. How many years have you been involved with drama at WWU, elsewhere?

"I've been involved with wwudrama since my freshman year back in 2009 either as an actor or as part of the technical crew."

4. What are you most excited about/looking forward to the most?

"We've been working hard all quarter, so I'm excited to see the show all come together. I hope people enjoy watching them."

5. Who is your favorite movie/stage actor?

"My favorite actors are Jeremy Renner and Helena Bonham Carter."

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Last update on May 20, 2012