Students in the theater department are taking a new twist on the traditional senior project by breaking free from the educational realm and entering the world of professional theater as they enter the 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival.
Theater majors Cody Goss, Alexis Robles and Sierra Taylor are organizing their own original production called “Jason <3’s Medea” for their senior projects.
“It’s modern thoughts intertwined with Greek ideas. It’s going to be a very interesting production,” Robles said. “It’s basically a piece of hyper theater-like lights, puppets, shadow puppets and other elements blended to make a solid production.”
The Hollywood Fringe Festival is an annual event celebrating freedom of expression and collaboration in the performing arts community.
They are entering the show into the fringe festival that runs from June 15 to June 30 where the productions will be presented for theater professionals.
“We came up with the idea of doing this show last summer. Alexis and Sierra approached me about it, and I was like yeah, sounds great,” Goss said. “I’ve always loved Greek mythology, and as soon as I found out we were entering the Fringe Festival, I was sold.”
Fringe Festivals exist throughout the world as havens for underground and emerging arts scenes. Artists use this opportunity to get noticed and possibly earn cash prizes as well as break through into the professional realm of the entertainment industry.
As amazing as the festivals are, they are also quite expensive. The students involved developed a way to fund their expedition through a fundraiser known as KickStarter. The fundraiser was a success and they exceeded their goal of $3,000 by $705.
After reading about eleven different translations of the Medea myth as well as Jason’s, the young actors developed a new story of their own, with the help of director Matt Hill and writer A. Michael C.
Their version of Medea is based on the original Greek myth, but twisted and shaped into something more modern and fun, depicting love and hate in its most primal form.
The students have been working non-stop on this production since the beginning of the fall semester. During spring break, they worked on it seven hours straight each day.
“It’s amazing to be working with these people and know that they don’t have a day job, this is what they do for a living, this is where I want to be.” Goss said.
The students will team up with ULV alumni Melody Rahbari and Tanya Wilkins in their production of “God of Carnage,” by Yasmina Reza.
“I’m super excited to be professionally critiqued and meet a bunch of fantastic people,” Goss said. “I met the people I want to be through this process, and I want bring something new to everyone.”
Alison Rodriguez can be reached at alison.rodriguez2@ laverne.edu.