By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University senior Julia Frieri will direct the play, "bobrauschenbergamerica," Feb. 19 through 22 at 8 p.m. in the Harvey Powers Theatre in Coleman Hall at Bucknell.
"This free-spirited collage of the American experience, told in the style of the artist Robert Rauschenberg, takes the audience on a visually stimulating adventure," said Frieri, who is directing the play as part of her senior theater project.
"A series of vignettes — featuring characters such as a derelict, a trucker, a businessman, a mother, a little girl and a pizza delivery boy — bring to life a joyous world filled with dancing, eating, music, art, chicken jokes and much more."
Written by Charles Mee, the play weaves references to American artist Robert Rauschenberg's life and work, especially his innovative combining of art media, into a non-linear series of scenes of the unexpectedness of life.
Tickets are $8, $6 for senior citizens, and available in advance through the Bucknell box office or by phone at 570-577-1000. Tickets also are available in person an hour before each performance.
Celebration of American culture
Frieri said she chose the play because she was drawn to the collage nature and how it is a celebration of American culture and freedom of expression.
"The biggest challenge has been helping the cast to develop strong and clear characters in a collage piece where they may have very few lines," she said. "But the cast has definitely risen to the challenge."
According to Frieri, "The majority of the cast are theater majors but we do have people who are majoring in English, physics, psychology and management as well."
This is Frieri's first directing project but, as a theater major she has acted in several other productions including "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress," "Urinetown" and "Spring Awakening."
Following graduation she hopes to complete an internship and plans to pursue a career in the theater. "I am passionate about both directing and acting so I am open to start my career in either."
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