Theater Club presents fall play

Bria Hilliard

Asst. Features Editor

The theater department at Utica College puts on a production for the campus, families, and the community every semester. Many students are exposed to these plays through their theater classes because they are required to attend while other students attend the shows to support their friends. Productions here at UC are produced by top theater students and the strong faculty they have behind them. Many colleges put on productions that are known very well by their audience, but the theater department strives to expose the community to new and sometimes unheard of titles.

Tried by Twelve or Carried by Six is a production that was written by play director, Shannon Enders and the students taking theater 300, making this play a UC original. The play is a collection of interviews with police of cers

and community members tackling the rise against racism and police brutality.

While most people are used to the comical or extremely dramatic productions of the theater department, this production is one that is sure to hit home with many people.

The theater department is taking the risk of addressing a topic that is so heavily in the media and in the conversations of students, faculty, and staff every day. It is a play that will give not just the perspective of police of cers during this uproar but of the people who have to experience and witness it more often than one should.

“I think that it’s a great topic to focus on,” senior Sayyidah Hogue said. “It brings real- world issues to the stage, not only giving people a theatrical experience but an educational one as well.”

A production such as this that tackles such a sensitive topic is not something the UC community is used to seeing on campus. While many organizations that promote

diversity have put on forums to discuss these issues, it has not been recognized by an academic department. The fact that the play was co- written by students can almost guarantee that the audience will see a variety of views on the issues that will be sure to spark conversation after the show.

“This is amazing,” senior Opeyemi Ogunwomoju said. “In my four years here I have not seen the theater department take this type of risk, addressing a topic that is so current and important to many of the students on this campus. I would de nitely be interested in seeing this play.”

The play debuts on Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. in the Strebel Student Center Auditorium and runs through Nov. 6 and 7, at 8 p.m. as well with an earlier show on Nov. 8 beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets for the show are $4. For more information, contact Dan Hapanowicz at (315) 792- 3057 or [email protected] edu.