Video: Student Work: 'The Monkeys Are Coming!'
Posted September 26, 2011; 12:13 p.m.
Jeffrey Kuperman '12 profiles Gabriel Crouse's senior thesis production of "The Monkeys Are Coming!" Performances will be at the Matthews Acting Studio Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 6-8.
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The monkeys! They're coming!
The monkeys are coming.
Hi, and welcome to the set of "The Monkeys
Are Coming!" being staged here in the Matthews Acting Studio
in the Lewis Center for the Arts. I am Gabriel Crouse, and I
will be directing this unique piece of theater for my senior thesis.
OK, Catherine, when you guys come in, actually
by going from extreme cold to warmth, it is
an uncomfortable experience.
In the same way, I think going from the strange
world outside of "snow storm" into "safe room"
is an uncomfortable experience, because although
this room is safe, it is very odd -- it is difficult to understand.
Here's something for your meat pies.
[scream] Wow, did you see that?
And go get 'em.
A young Russian firebrand named Lev Lunts
wrote this play in 1920. Because of Soviet
oppression, it never got put on stage, so
I'm incredibly excited to be bringing it into
a theater for the very first time and channeling
the youthful, hectic and ambitious energy
that he infused in this piece.
One of my favorite things about this play
is that Lunts will take a character and plonk
him on the stage and then give him absolutely
nothing to say or do for 20 minutes.
That leaves an incredible space for the actor to
innovate and discover what that character
should be saying, who they should be saying
it to, and why they're doing what they're doing.
Watching each actor individually trace out
their personal journeys has been one of the
most fruitful parts of the rehearsal process
and continues to be one of the most delightful
experiences I've ever had in theater.
Ladies and gentlemen, I am a Shoot. I'm a
very good Shoot, don't you think?
"The Monkeys Are Coming" opens on Sept. 30
in the Matthews Acting Studio and closes on Oct. 8.
Come check out this play. It's hilarious,
it's horrifying and sometimes just plain odd.
The monkeys are coming!