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Adaptation of Christopher Durang's 'Laughing Wild' now available on YouTube

Adaptation of Christopher Durang's 'Laughing Wild' now available on YouTube

May 18, 2021

The Blinn College-Bryan Campus Theatre Arts Program wraps up its 2020-21 season with a digital performance of Christopher Durang’s humorous and thought-provoking “Laughing Wild.” Now available for free online viewing, the three-part play puts perspective center stage after a chaotic grocery store interaction involving a woman, a man, and a can of tuna fish.

“This absurdist comedy is a lighthearted reflection on some of the challenges we have all faced in the past year,” Blinn-Bryan Theatre Director Greg Wise said. “This was a very rewarding format for the students because they were able to return to the stage, but also have the added benefit of expanding their experience with cameras and video.”

“Laughing Wild” replaces a production of Janet Langhart Cohen’s “Anne & Emmett,” which will be postponed for another season.

Free access to the performance is available at www.blinn.edu/boxoffice/bryan.html. After signing up for their free ticket, viewers will receive a link to the video beginning Thursday, May 20. The performance will remain available for viewing until Friday, May 28. The show contains adult language and themes.

Originally premiering in 1987, “Laughing Wild” features just two characters. After a confrontational encounter between a man and woman in a grocery store, both characters provide their perspectives in separate monologues. The two come together in the final act through an overlapping dream sequence during which they hash out other possible scenarios for their interaction and eventually reach a type of resolution.

“The show is different from a lot of plays that are ensemble structured. We had to do many pages of dialogue just for ourselves, and as an actor that is much more difficult because you cannot bounce off a partner and share energy with each other,” said Mikel Elliott, who plays ‘Man.’ “You have to bring everything to the character yourself because you are the primary focus. It was definitely a challenge, but I like a challenge.”

Partially recorded in front of a limited audience, “Laughing Wild” combines live theatre, video, and digital editing to expose Blinn students to both a traditional stage environment and the technology required to work in film. From live performance techniques to advanced video and sound editing, the production marries two different genres to bring the story to life.

Blinn’s Theatre Arts Program hosts a variety of performances each year on its Bryan and Brenham campuses. Productions integrate the artistic, technical, and academic disciplines of theatre from the classroom to the stage. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the productions for the 2020-21 season were made available to the public through a digital format.

For more information about Blinn’s Theatre Arts Program, visit www.blinn.edu/theatre.

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