Baby boomers need not apply for roles or crew positions for the
upcoming Theater Emory production, 30 Below: Theater For,
By and About People Under 30, in which students will collaborate
with Out of Hand Theater, a local theater company founded primarily
by Emory alumni, to produce a bill of short pieces reflecting the
world of todays youth. The production runs through April 13
in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater.
Last fall, an ensemble of Emory students collaborated with members
of Out of Hand during a two-week workshop to address questions that
would help define the perspective of life in America for those under
30. Those influences and issues, as well as how they are dealt with
and why they are funny, are questions at the heart of 30 Below.
We are a generation of marketed products: cereal, toys, transportation,
even political figures, said Out of Hand literary manager
Allen Read. We are commercials and jingles and split-frame
TV. We are a generation of people with an identity carved out for
us by big-business commercialism. And while we find this somewhat
disturbing, we also are comfortable with it and find it humorous.
So what are the influences and issues defined by the 30 Below
participants? According to Read, the ensemble discussions revealed
that the influence of media and marketing are pervasive, including
MTV, CNN Headline News and the prevalence of the Internet. Drugs
and alcohol, sex, AIDS, gender issues, sexual orientation, dating
and the modern oppressedwomen, homosexuals, minorities
dealing with ever-present racismare factors of life facing
the student generation.
How does the under-30 set handle it? With apathy, irreverence,
drugs and alcohol, and finding humor in anything that runs counter
to political correctness, Read said. And they dont particularly
need any help from their elders.
In fact, when Theater Emory Artistic Producing Director Vincent
Murphy offered an idea for 30 Below, he was quickly
shot down. They said, And how old are you? so
I was out, Murphy said. 30 Below is a piece
for, by and about the student generation, so if you are under 30,
welcome to your life. If youre like me, welcome to where the
world is going.
The ensemble includes Emory students Brittany Abbass, Raife Baker,
Rhea Combs, Brian Crawford, Jon Herzog, Katie Kilborn, Karson St.
John and Nathan Woodling. Out of Hand actors include Read, Ariel
de Man, Brian Kimmel, Maia Knispel and Keland Scher. The directors
are Read, de Man, Knispel and Adam Fristoe. The set designer is
Jimmy Hilburn and the sound/media designer is Brian Ginn, both from
Out of Hand.
The menu of works includes short pieces written for the Humana
Festival of New Ameri-can Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville
(Ky.) and for Chicagos Neo-Futurist Theater, as well as plays
by Atlanta artists and the 30 Below company. These pieces
include Black-Eyed Susans by Ayun Halliday, Blondell
by Karen Christopher, Cockamamie by Mark Blankenship
and Katie Kilborn, A Date Under His Own Name by Paul
Gibney, Drive Angry by Matt Pelfrey, Fighting
Fears by Jon Herzog, Going On by David Pollock,
Harris Teeter by Shane Harris and James Buescher, One
for the Ladies by Diana Slickman, Play by Steve
Westdahl, Slop Culture by Robb Badlam, Tragedi
of Candi by Matt Shapiro, Underground TRANSit
by Katie Kilborn and Viewfinder by Robert Earl Price.
Remaining shows of 30 Below (which opened April 6)
are April 1013 at 8 p.m., April 7 and 13 at 3 p.m., and April
10 and 11 at 11 p.m. General admission is $10; Emory students $5.
For more information or to order tickets, call the Arts at Emory
box office at 404-727-5050 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note that some of the pieces include adult themes and language and
may not be appropriate for children.