The Berry College Theatre Company and the Berry Fine Arts Department will wrap up the premiere of "Genius!" this weekend.
Alternately comedic and dramatic, "Genius!" is a world premiere play centering on Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and the writers, painters, composers, politicians and others who were associated with one another during the first four decades of the 20th century.
The show runs through Nov. 17. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as an earlier show at 2 p.m. Nov. 17. Warning, the play contains strong language. Call the box office to reserve tickets at 706-236-2263. Student tickets are $5 and general public is $10.
The eight-member cast was comprised entirely by females and utilized simple costume changes to play roles of both men and women. The script was written by Jan Lewis and Robert Fieldsteel and directed by Lewis for the Berry College premiere. Jan Lewis is associate professor and chair of theatre at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., where Fieldsteel is artist-in-residence, playwriting.
Jordan Beebe, a freshman animal science major from Merritt Island, Fla., appreciated the realism that was displayed in the play.
"I think it's really important to see this play because our culture focuses a lot on celebrity. This play exposes these historical figures that were once admired and put on a pedestal as normal human beings, with all of their flaws and true character exposed. I think it's important to see that the people we greatly admire aren't always the people we think they are," Beebe said.
Miranda Flack, a freshman communication major from Roswell, Ga., auditioned for the play on a whim.
"Though I decided to not major in theater, it has always been a huge part of my life and my favorite hobby. Theater is the reason I have any social skills, and rehearsals are a daily release for me," she said. "I am so grateful for the people I met through this experience. They made the adjustment into college so much easier."
Written by student public relations assistants Alyssa Smith and Hayden Sloan. Photographs by Student Photographer Lauren Neumann.