Catch a Rare Presentation of Escape Tonight
On Friday November 19, Moravian College Theatre Company will present a reading of Escape, the twisted love story of three people hiding out in an empty warehouse after fleeing from the infamous massacre at Tiananmen Square.
The drama by Gao Xingjian, laureate of the Nobel Prize in Literature, will be played by two students, Ariel Hudak '14 and Kyle Goodbred '13, and Christopher Jones, associate professor of biological science. Escape, set in China, offers students a different angle to connect to the CHINA IN FOCUS theme and may be the only Chinese play students will ever get the chance to see.
"One thing that theater can do that a lecture, for instance, might not do as well, is to help people connect emotionally," said Christopher Shorr, director of the reading and artistic director of the Moravian College Theatre Company. "It has the possibility of taking the audience on a journey to get a sense of what it might have been like to be running from this massacre in 1989."
Catching Escape is usually impossible, said Shorr; it's been produced just a handful of times since it was written more than two decades ago. "It's a rare opportunity."
Escape is one of four other readings that will be put on this year. While the parts are cast out at the beginning of each semester, rehearsals for each reading are only held the five days leading up to the performance. Shorr hopes reading series like this one will continue, bringing more productions to campus and allowing more students to participate in the theater company.
Shorr equates the reading of Escape to a radio show where the casually-dressed actors and actresses read from scripts with the accompaniment of sound effects. To set the atmosphere, light and small props will also be used to jog the audience's imagination.
Catching the full production or even just a reading of Escape is usually impossible, said Shorr, as it has been produced just a handful of times since it was written more than two decades ago. "It's a rare opportunity." The free reading begins at 8 p.m. in the Arena Theatre; a discussion will follow.
—By Kelly Fackenthall '12
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