Keeping it ‘Raw’

Some students are acting out in their free time.

They are, members of the Theatre in the Raw club at the MacArthur campus, held their first meeting and audition on September 4 and 5 in the MAC Auditorium on the Jupiter campus. The group will be putting on two plays this fall on the weekend of November 15.

This enthusiastic group of actors, led by club president Susan Deeter and advised by Professor Michael Harrawood, is still looking for new members to help design sets and lighting, and to be part of the stage crew.

“I am looking forward to working as a part of Theatre in the Raw because I’ve always been into acting,” said student Maria Ricarrdi.

The group will be performing Picasso at Lapin Agile, a comedy written by Steve Martin. The play is set in 1904 at a bohemian Paris bistro, called “Lapin Agile.” The plot revolves around a meeting between the painter Pablo Picasso and the scientist Albert Einstein when they were both in their twenties and yet to become famous. The two men fight for the affection of the same woman and each other’s respect in a play about science, art, and a constantly changing society. The co-directors of this play are Brandon O’Hare and Peter Rauch.

During the same weekend, the group will also put on Kenneth Lonergan’s This is our Youth, a play set in March, 1982, and revolving around two days in the lives of a trio of wealthy, bored twenty-somethings in an Upper West Side apartment. This tragic-comedy examines how, even with money, power, and success, it is still hard to grow up. Students Autumn Widdoes and Leisy Maria Arencibia will direct the play.

Theatre in the Raw was started in the fall of 1999 and offers fall and spring performances with free admission on the MacArthur campus. They pride themselves on being “non-official” minimalists. The group enjoys performing scripts by non-published playwrights and is always open to new material.

Costumes, sets, and props are only used as necessary. The performances are kept as “raw” as possible.

“We’re cutting-edge, we try to push the limits, our shows are definitely college oriented,” said Widdoes.

If you are interested, email Christin Upshaw at [email protected] with “TIR” in the subject line.