Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Scotland, Here We Come!

WOW! I cannot even express how excited I am to be going to Scotland this summer with such an incredible company, and script! This past week, the members of the Pepperdine Theatre Company had the privilege of meeting with Lynda Radley, a Scottish playwright, and workshopping her new play: The Interference. Having the opportunity to work on a new play alongside the playwright was a thrilling challenge, and unlike anything I have ever been a part of. Workshopping a new play is daunting, because there are no precursors for how the characters should be played, or how the scenes are supposed to develop, and that is exciting!

The Interference is a play that deals with sexual assault, rape, and how society responds to such acts. Throughout the week we had the privilege of meeting with a number of people whose occupations deal directly with this issue. Counselors and a law professor from Pepperdine University came to talk with us, so that we could learn more about the effects of sexual assault, and how this issue is addressed in the courtroom. Having these interactions allowed us to understand more fully what the characters in the play, and victims in real life, experience as they try to recover from such a traumatizing experience.

This past week was full of creativity, passion, and vulnerability. Each member of the company gave 100 percent! I am sad that this week had to come to an end, but I cannot wait until we are all together and working again in the summer.

I pray that performing a play like this, a play that addresses this raw topic, will open the eyes of audience members, and help them understand the true societal issue that is sexual assault. I also pray that those people who have been affected by sexual assault will be able to see this play and know that they are not alone in this struggle.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” - Helen Keller

It’s time for a change in the world, and I believe we have been given an opportunity to help make that change.

See you soon Scotland,
Will Craig

Friday, March 4, 2016

Introducing Pepperdine Scotland 2016

Hi everyone,
It's been a while, so welcome back to returning visitors and hello to all our new readers!  We're just finishing up script development in Malibu with Lynda Radley and Michael John McCarthy.  It's been a fantastic week and we're all really excited about Lynda's new play, The Interference, which we'll be premiering this summer.

First readthrough: The Interference by Lynda Radley
Lynda and MJ and I met the 2016 Pepperdine Scotland company for the first time this week and they are a pretty fantastic bunch.  We can't wait to introduce you to all of them in Glenelg, Glasgow, and Edinburgh - I have a feeling the time will be upon us sooner than any of us realise.

In the meantime, I'm helping the 2014 group hand this blog over to the new ensemble so you'll get a chance to hear from the 2016ers here
very soon.  I think you'll be impressed.

-Alex Fthenakis