The play tells the story of a young woman named Lucy. In Lucys own words, My eyes are open and my hearts on my sleeve. I am moving. Looking for the love of my life.
Quake, directed by C. Ryan Shipley 05, ran from last Thursday to Sunday in Haugen Theatre.
Shipleys intentional and intelligent approach to the direction of this production deserves commendation. The imaginative ways in which the production functioned within the sometimes-limiting space of Haugen was especially impressive, as were the seamless and well-executed set changes. Trunks served as both scenery and symbols of Lucys journey.
The placement of actors in the sound and lighting booth, the use of black lighting during the monologues of That Woman and whimsical elements, such as cast members holding up pictures of mountains on sticks as scenery, were visually pleasing. In keeping with the story of Lucys journey, Shipley struck a balance that is difficult for even seasoned directors to achieve.
Stephanie Polt 06 as Lucy led the ensemble cast. Her performance was sweetly awkward and vulnerable, with an intense emotional focus and ability that shifted between emotional modes quickly and effortlessly.
Anna Sundberg 05 as That Woman, the serial killer whom Lucy idolizes, balanced Polts performance. Sundberg brought an incredibly compelling energy of sheer intensity to her role.
The cast was rounded out by a strong and versatile group comprised of Matt Rein 05, David Middlecamp 05, Ian Miller 05 and Katie Skare 06, each of whom played multiple roles.
The casting of the ensemble in multiple roles hinted at the nature of Lucys journey perhaps even as she thought she was going somewhere, she was just living the same life, with the same people as before.
The overall structure of the piece may have been problematic for some audience members. The dialogue-heavy script and moments of more intense emotion juxtaposed the slow and contemplative moments. This was indicative of the ebb and flow of Lucys journey.
In order to get the most out of this unconventionally-structured show, viewers needed to realize early on that they were traveling with Lucy on her journey, which would not necessarily have an easily identifiable or concrete ending. It isnt necessarily a show that you get rather, its a show you travel with, experience and, even through its darker moments, enjoy.
While some may have found the non-linear nature of the play to be confusing, this reviewer found it to be quirky, beautiful and relatable. Ultimately, Quake was very well-executed.