Department of Theatre

Fall Production Neighborhood 3 Named A Theatrical Highlight of the Year by Phoenix Sun

The USM Department of Theatre Fall 2017 production of Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom was recently recognized by the Portland Phoenix Sun  paper as one of the year's Theatrical Highlights. 

Directed by theatre faculty, Dana Wieluns Legawiec, stage managed by USM theatre major Jordan Ashland, with designs by theatre faculty Anna Grywalski (costumes), Pery Fertig (scenic) and Corey Anderson (lights), and props by USM student Hollie Pryor Neighborhood 3 or N3RD featured the talents of USM students Savannah Irish, DJ Monteith, Brittany Burke, Griffin Gingrich, Ricky Brewster, Elizabeth Donato, and Emma Zerba in a disturbing, dystopic take on the nature of reality and relationships. 

The complete article by Phoenix writer, Megan Grumbling can be found here:

Excerpted from A Year in Drama - Looking Back at 2017 Theatre Highlights by Megan Grumbling

Next-Gen Excellence

Two shows with largely young-adult casts blew me away in 2017:

One was a vision from the past: Lyric Music Theater's searing production of the rock musical Spring Awakening, about teen strife about sex and abuse in 19th century Germany, directed by Jamie Lupien Swenson. With dual ferocity and sweetness, the ensemble embodied the wonders and wounds of adolescence, reminding us how crucial it is for we grownups to remember what it's like to be young.

And the other was a vision from the almost-maybe-future: USM's dark-comic Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, about VR gone wrong in the 'burbs, directed by Dana Wieluns Legawiec. Tart, sly, and agile, the student actors portrayed hoodied avatars and a slew of suburban types with delicious stylization and just the right teetering between horror and tongue-in-cheek meta-comedy.

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