变态: A Groundbreaking Friends Select Production

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On November 15th, 选择的朋友 incredible thespians performed 变态, a collection of ancient myths written by Ovid 和 adapted 通过 Mary Zimmerman almost 2,000 years later. 

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Costumes designed by Bella Iannozzi ‘20 were another visual highlight of the show. Some particularly exquisite pieces included a light-up skirt worn by Elena Milliken ‘22, wings worn by Sara Kelley ‘20, 和 a chilling body suit worn 通过 Kaiyuan Chen ‘20 for his portrayal of demon character, Hunger.

In addition to the set 和 the costumes, the music for the show was also student-created. The play’s entire score was composed 通过 Freeman Rabb ‘21. His choice of melody and electronic instruments were unique, 和 truly gave the play a feeling of authenticity — it helped bring a modern atmosphere to the ancient play. 

Olivia Shuman ‘21’s character, King Midas, brought another modern touch, as she wore a suit and a blond wig, possibly as political commentary 和 interpretation of President Donald Trump. 

选择的朋友 变态 was different from its predecessors in that it featured the first on-stage kiss in recent history. Freeman Rabb ‘21 and Sara Kelley ‘20 kissed, 和 the crowd was astonished. Though a surprising addition, it finally filled what felt like a missing piece in Friends Select theater following years of romance plot lines that felt incomplete. 

Despite the laudable execution of the play, the plot and language were slightly confusing. The original play is wrought with adult narratives, such as incest 和 rape. (For further information on this topic, consider reading 本文 in the New Yorker.) The choices on which scenes to remove or include made the show perplexing. The structure of the play, with many consecutive short separate plays, only worked to exacerbate this. 

的选择 变态 as a high school play seems questionable. There were attempts at modernization, but the frilly language 和 racy themes ultimately made the play feel outdated. In the future, the FSS theater program could benefit from polling a larger portion of the student body on what plays students would like to see. 

Most importantly, all proceeds made from 变态 were donated to WePAC, a non-profit organization focused on improving West Philadelphia’s public school libraries. (Read more about WePAC in 本文 通过 Elena Milliken ‘22.) This is a generous donation that theater director, Donna Romero, 和 the program should be commended for. 

总体, 变态 may be difficult to understand, but Friends Select students did a superb job with the acting, sets, costumes, 和 music. Good job, thespians!