The William Simpson Fine Arts Series looks to continue its success as the much-anticipated performances of Kate Fodor’s Rx takes stage this weekend in the Appleton Auditorium at the Fuller Arts Center. Three performances will take place Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., as well as a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.
The lighthearted comedy highlights Meena Pierotti (played by Springfield College junior Kate Nulle) working as the editor of a magazine about factory farming. With her job bringing her down, she takes part in a clinical trial to test a pill said to cure workplace depression.
One side effect of the pill, however, is the connection that begins to ensue between her and the doctor (played by junior Sean Sheridan), who is also enrolled in a clinical trial to test a pill to cure heartbreak. As Professor of Theater Arts and Play Director Martin Shell puts it: “It’s a modern version of a screwball comedy.”
The group, made up of seven actors, has been rehearsing for roughly two months now. Though rehearsing since September may appear daunting, Shell said they really enjoy what they are putting together.
“It is a very warmhearted play with sweet characters…[it’s] a fun group of students to work with,” Shell said.
The cast went through an “open audition” process in which faculty, staff and students all had an opportunity to audition. Instead of having to come prepared with a monologue, they read straight from the script to test their abilities. When the dust cleared, Shell had found his ideal cast to fit the roles of Rx.
Shell and the entire cast have been networking the play almost as hard as they have rehearsed it, taking to social media and putting signs all about campus among other means in order to fill the seats of Appleton Auditorium this weekend. Moreover, the play has the privilege of being included in the ads for inauguration-associated events supporting President Mary-Beth Cooper’s inauguration on Friday.
In the past, the turnouts at theater productions have been “moderate” according to Shell, but getting better with time. According to Shell, the Saturday night and Sunday performances tend to draw the largest crowds, but being a part of the William Simpson Fine Arts Series should hopefully continue to drive the number in attendance northward.
With four opportunities to catch it, be sure to swing by the Fuller Arts Center and catch the outstanding and lighthearted Rx. With great acting, directing and of course, storyline, it promises to be a compelling performance.
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