The Department of Theatre will perform the new show V is for Violin starting Feb. 26.
The play, written by ACU alumnus Brittany Taylor (’12), is produced and performed entirely by students. The show focuses on the lives of a photographer, Kevin, and his wife, Trista. While in Africa, Kevin takes a controversial picture that changes their lives and their marriage, and the rest of the play unfolds as each of the characters wrestle with their own guilt and responsibility.
“The most exciting thing about preparing for the show is that the show is so new,” said Faith Ann Jones who plays the role of Trista. “We can’t look at or see other productions of the show because we’re the second university that has ever produced it, so it really allows us to think creatively.”
There will be a talkback after every performance, an open discussion between the audience, the cast and creative team about the show, the process and the interpretation. The dramaturge, Braden Clark, will lead the talkback by providing background information, asking questions and giving the audience the chance to ask questions as well, said Jones, sophomore directing/theatre education major from Trophy Club.
“I am most looking forward to the talkbacks we will be hosting after every show,” said Andrew Koenig, junior acting track theatre major from Mission who plays Kevin. “I love getting the opportunity to discuss the art we create and hear audience members thoughts and questions.”
The process of discovering the characters and watching the cast grow as they prepare for the show has been both challenging and exciting, said Koenig, junior theatre major from Mission.
“I think that it’s really impressive how our students are able to accomplish putting up a whole show through collaboration and hard work,” Jones said. “The final product is going to be truly beautiful.”
The performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26-27 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in Culp Theatre. Tickets cost $15 and are available for purchase online or at the box office.