Preview of “This Random World” Play

By Ali Richardson, Staff Writer


The play, “This Random World,” will be performed by the Hardin-Simmons University theatre department 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 7-9 and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 10.


Teri Wilkerson, the director, discussed why she chose this show, as well as the unique plot.“I chose ‘This Random World’ because of its thought-provoking plot. It’s a story of mix-ups and break-ups, living and surviving and of being hostages to chance. It’s about the lives of eight people, who are all woven tightly into the fabric of this play. But, because of missed connections, they meet friends and members of their own family as strangers. It leaves the audience rooting for revelations, that never happen,” Wilkerson said.


She went on to explain further why it is an important performance for the cast, crew and audience to be putting their best foot forward. “As a cast, we have chosen to give you life, as life is happening around us, and sometimes including us, without us being aware. It’s a beautiful, funny and sometimes heartbreaking piece of art,” Wilkerson said.


Bridgett Mistrot, a senior working towards her BFA in theatre acting, and playing Claire in the upcoming show discussed what it was like to go through the process of bringing this show to the stage.She explained what her favorite part has been, as well as the most challenging.

"My favorite part has been discovering the arc and the thought process of this character. She is so different at the beginning of the play than she is at the end. Something that’s been challenging is discovering all of her layers and how to show the audience the mask that she puts on for the rest of the world versus who she really is,” Mistrot said.


Cassidy Davis, a sophomore working on her BFA in acting, is playing Rhonda in the show. She explained what the easiest and hardest parts have been so far.“My favorite part of the whole process has been seeing the depth of the characters evolve throughout the rehearsals. Every night we have done a run through of the show, I have seen not just myself, but my scene partners find new discoveries of their character. It is a really unique experience to see the characters personality, speech pattern and physical shifts evolve before your eyes,” Davis said.


Through this she hopes the audience is able to see her character as a whole and for who she really is. “The most challenging part has been finding different depths in Rhonda than just being silly. While yes, she is a bit out there, I hope audience members see that she is a full person. She has things that make her happy, sad and even frustrated. Finding those different things and allowing them to transform the character has been such a fun, challenging task to work on,” Davis said.


Both Mistrot and Davis are excited to perform for the upcoming show.“I’m excited to perform because the show has so many different layers to it. In one scene you are laughing and in the next you’re wiping a tear. I’m excited to be able to do a bit of comedy and a bit of drama all in one show," Mistrot said.


“I am so excited to perform this show because it is a story like no other. I think it provides great insight on how connected we all are even if we do not know each other,” Davis said.The play, “This Random World,” will be performed by the Hardin-Simmons University theatre department 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 7-9 and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 10.


Teri Wilkerson, the director, discussed why she chose this show, as well as the unique plot.“I chose ‘This Random World’ because of its thought-provoking plot. It’s a story of mix-ups and break-ups, living and surviving and of being hostages to chance. It’s about the lives of eight people, who are all woven tightly into the fabric of this play. But, because of missed connections, they meet friends and members of their own family as strangers. It leaves the audience rooting for revelations, that never happen,” Wilkerson said.


She went on to explain further why it is an important performance for the cast, crew and audience to be putting their best foot forward. “As a cast, we have chosen to give you life, as life is happening around us, and sometimes including us, without us being aware. It’s a beautiful, funny and sometimes heartbreaking piece of art,” Wilkerson said.


Bridgett Mistrot, a senior working towards her BFA in theatre acting, and playing Claire in the upcoming show discussed what it was like to go through the process of bringing this show to the stage.She explained what her favorite part has been, as well as the most challenging.

"My favorite part has been discovering the arc and the thought process of this character. She is so different at the beginning of the play than she is at the end. Something that’s been challenging is discovering all of her layers and how to show the audience the mask that she puts on for the rest of the world versus who she really is,” Mistrot said.


Cassidy Davis, a sophomore working on her BFA in acting, is playing Rhonda in the show. She explained what the easiest and hardest parts have been so far.“My favorite part of the whole process has been seeing the depth of the characters evolve throughout the rehearsals. Every night we have done a run through of the show, I have seen not just myself, but my scene partners find new discoveries of their character. It is a really unique experience to see the characters personality, speech pattern and physical shifts evolve before your eyes,” Davis said.


Through this she hopes the audience is able to see her character as a whole and for who she really is. “The most challenging part has been finding different depths in Rhonda than just being silly. While yes, she is a bit out there, I hope audience members see that she is a full person. She has things that make her happy, sad and even frustrated. Finding those different things and allowing them to transform the character has been such a fun, challenging task to work on,” Davis said.


Both Mistrot and Davis are excited to perform for the upcoming show.“I’m excited to perform because the show has so many different layers to it. In one scene you are laughing and in the next you’re wiping a tear. I’m excited to be able to do a bit of comedy and a bit of drama all in one show," Mistrot said.


“I am so excited to perform this show because it is a story like no other. I think it provides great insight on how connected we all are even if we do not know each other,” Davis said.

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