Company Members of the Pepperdine Scotland troupe share their experiences in our journey to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016.
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.