By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Three Bucknell University students will direct plays to be presented in the Young Director's Showcase Festival Feb. 17, 18, 19 and 20.
Each performance begins at 8 p.m. in Tustin Theatre. General admission is $10, $5 senior citizens and students.
The plays include "Night Train to Bolina," directed by Bucknell senior Yulissa Hidalgo; "Savage in Limbo," directed by Bucknell junior Katrina Medoff; and "Aria da Capo," directed by Bucknell junior Victoria Moyer.
Written by Miami native and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz, "Night Train to Bolina" relates the story of two children, Mateo and Clara, who use fantasy to escape the reality of their lives in a war-torn, unidentified country in Latin America by fleeing to the mythical metropolis of Bolina "where kites go to die."
Written by John Patrick Shanley, "Savage in Limbo" moves from comedy to near tragedy as it explores the hopes and dreams of a group of rootless young "losers" who congregate in an anonymous Bronx bar, hoping to find respite from the drabness of their lives.
Written by Edna St. Vincent Millay, "Aria da Capo" could be perceived as an anti-war play but it is also a lot more than that, according to Moyer. "Along with the poetic language and the intricate use of characters that seem displaced yet mythologic, I chose to direct this play because it digs further than "war" in order to discover the roots of devastating repetition.
"It exposes the false boundaries we build up between one another by means of greed and contempt, which I feel makes this subject matter much more personal for the audience member," she said.
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