UpStart is a biannual one-act play festival. This year, the festival will feature three exciting, new theatrical works created and realized by students.
Hamlet Reworked adapted and performed by Gareth Potter*
The Game of String written by alumna Jenn Addesso
Hopscotch written by Joanna Cleary
The performance will begin in the lobby of the Modern Languages building at 7:30 p.m. with the first of three instalments by Gareth Potter as Hamlet in Hamlet Reworked. Set outside the traditional performance space, this solo presentation of a classic text reworked explores mortality, grief, and the nature of live theatre. By deconstructing and reassembling Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a personal manner, what more can we learn about Shakespeare’s most famous play? The second instalment will occur during intermission in the lobby, with the final instalment closing the evening onstage.
Following his performance, the audience will move into the theatre for director Brooke Barnes’ production of The Game of String. The Game of String explores the relationship between how we curate ourselves on social media and who we are in reality. In the digital world, we find ourselves in competition with others. When we die, is the digital persona we leave behind authentic to who we really were?
Our second mainstage offering is, Hopscotch, directed by Rebecca Reid. Losing herself to the afterlife, Eva and her childhood friend, Chloe, revisit their shared past and fight to keep memories of one another alive. Through honesty, pain, love, and hopscotch, they learn what it means to truly remember.
Originally an extracurricular event completely produced by students, the Theatre and Performance programme took over producing the biannual event in 2016 bringing the event to the mainstage and increasing both the mentorship opportunities for students and the production values. With three new plays exploring the potent themes of reflection, connection, and loss, created and staged by some of the region’s most exciting emerging artists, the 2018 UpStart Festival is certain to be an innovative and unforgettable evening of theatre. Please note that all three plays include mature themes and are recommended for audiences ages 12+.