I Think You Should (2007)

Production Crew

 

 

Cast

 
Director/DramaturgDr. Kevin Pry KatieAlyssa Bender
Stage ManagerAllison Ortiz Guard, Bill, CodyBen Long
Assistant Stage ManagerMonica Mancini Lee, JohnBrian Stefaniak
Production AssistantJess Lapp Erica, CoraEmily Gertenbach
Front of HouseAlyssa Kreider Joseph, Tedd, Justin, Dr. ErskineJ.T. Pursel
Regiebuch ManagerAlison Ballard Marian, Prof. BongiovaniJustina Ercole
Sound DesignSteven Wisner Dee, Miserable WomanKaren Oulahan
Proofing/EditingJ.T. Pursel Tiffany, AnnaLisa Roberts
Program/PropsStephanie Henrich Mickey, MotherMelissa Rosenfeld
Character DescriptionsMelissa Rosenfeld Janitor, Random ManNathan Campbell
Sound DesignErin Brubaker Kelli, Starbucks WorkerSarah Kaltreider
   Garrett, TonySean Deffley
   Mary, Sandra JacksonStephanie Henrich
   Kenneth, Alan, Alejandro, KevinSteven Wisner
   Sonny, Starbucks, Jamison GriffTony Gorick

At the end of December in 2006, a talented young performer and English major at LVC heard of an opportunity for a production internship on a New York-based TV soap opera; giving up a lead in the college musical and the attractions of her senior year spring semester, she made plans to stay in Manhattan with friends who were themselves struggling young performers and headed off to the bright lights of the Big Apple. The internship turned out to be a non-stop whirlwind of copying, marathon messenger trips, and complicated coffee runs for harassed producers, and her housing plan dissolved into chaos, resulting in a 21st century odyssey which took her all over the five boroughs and their outlying dependencies. Forced to give up the internship for lack of affordable housing, our heroine retreated back to with a wealth of crazy stories about her experiences to share with her friends and mentors at school. The mentors suggested that she turn her experiences into a stage or screenplay, and so Katie McCarty wrote the piece we’re offering you tonight, the autobiographical work I Think You Should…

Every other fall term at LVC the English 204 Theatre Production and Performance class produces a full-length play as its main class project. After about six weeks of preliminary study and research into the techniques of working up a production, the class and other participating students have about one calendar month to ready the chosen work for public performance. Though the 204 classes have performed a wide range of classical and contemporary works over the last ten years, the idea of staging the world premiere of a new play struck this year’s class as an exciting challenge, and they have worked around the clock on a highly limited budget to do justice to Ms. McCarty’s brainchild. The play’s episodic structure, its quick pace and present-day setting, and the challenge of having an ensemble company bring to life a cross section of the denizens of New York by almost every actor playing a variety of roles, have made I Think You Should…a great learning opportunity as well as great fun.

I Think You Should…has other attractions besides its structure and acting opportunities; its appeal also springs from the situation in which its heroine finds herself. The play’s comic exploration of apartment-hunting in the age of instant communications and its satiric look at electronic media whose documentary demands belie the promises of a paper-free office may make us laugh in recognition; the play also examines the alienating effects of living in a great city, effects made even more isolating by the cell phone and computer which allow us to shut out the very persons standing next to us and talking to us. The Katie McCarty of the play, trying to learn how to survive and thrive in the wilds of Manhattan, follows a mass of contradictory advice in her struggle—from parents, teachers, co-workers, strangers, friends—yet in doing so she discovers, especially in her contemporaries who are pursuing the same dreams and suffering the same setbacks, that those advisors are so caught up in their own problems and their own survival sagas that they can’t spare much effective energy to help someone else in need. It is this vision of the human experience in the Big City which novice playwright Katie McCarty has captured with a good ear and a performer’s eye for actor-friendly structure and dialogue; we, the English 204 class members, actors, and instructor—and our helpers from LVC’s Wig and Buckle Theater Company—are honored to be the first ensemble to bring Katie’s vision to life.

Dr. Kevin Pry,
Associate Professor of English, LVC '76, Dramaturg,
Executive Director/Advisor, the Wig and Buckle Theater Company