Stepping out from behind the scenes
You could say Bianca Roman was moonstruck. The Bucknell senior initially signed on as assistant set designer for Federico Garcia Lorca's "Blood Wedding" last spring. "I was intrigued by the play itself and felt most inspired to design for it.
"Upon a first reading of the play, it was hard to be engaged with the role of The Moon, since the character (as written by Lorca) appears only for a short monologue in the second act," Roman said. But Director Anjalee Deshpande Hutchinson, an assistant professor of theater and dance, had bigger ideas. "She added singing, music, and movement, things that weren't in the script, including an expanded role for The Moon as lead percussionist and a constant presence on stage.
"After I auditioned, she decided to have me on stage for the whole play, leading me to wonder what I could do. In my efforts to develop this newly expanded character on my own, I came to all the rehearsals and watched all the scenes to explore how I would react and move throughout the entirety of the play."
Deciding how to move was easy for Roman, who came to Bucknell on a dance scholarship. Her involvement in the dance program has included choreography, directing and performance for many of the dance department Showcases. She will leave with a double major in English and theater and a dance minor.
During her four years here, Roman has seen theater and dance become more integrated, moving even closer in the past two years because of the faculty and the student "crossovers."
The fusion of dance and theater has led to Roman's senior project. The work, "shading silhouettes of smaller ones," (premiering March 6-8) is an original theater piece that incorporates poetry and dance. Roman is responsible for every word, movement and scenic decision as well as the direction of her cast. "It's the first time, during my Bucknell career, for such a mainstage production here, and I'm honored to be given the opportunity."