Glacity Theatre Collective will perform “The American Dream” and “The Sandbox”Written by Chase Will | | email@example.com
Glacity Theatre Collective, a nomadic performance group, will perform “The American Dream” and “The Sandbox” at the University of Toledo this Thursday through Sunday.
These two absurdist one-acts dissect love, death, the meaning of family, and the American dream. According to director Megan Aherne, this is theatre for people who would like to see something different from the norm.
“I read them my junior year in college and they became my favorite shows,” said Aherne. “I really related to a lot of the dynamics between the family. I felt a lot of sympathy for the grandmother because of the relationship I held with my own grandma.”
Due to the nature of the show, Aherne focused primarily on the actors and their thorough character development, without which the stories would fall flat.
“The director had a pretty clear vision of what she wanted, so I didn’t design the costumes, but I helped track them down,” said executive director Holly Monsos, who assisted with the show.
The director said this is a show for audiences of all ages, and anyone can find something about it to relate to.
These one act plays are early works by Edward Albee, who wrote such famous plays as “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “A Delicate Balance.”
After co-directing a few plays since joining the company in 2011, this is Aherne’s solo directorial debut. This is also her first time directing a mainstage show.
“I worked my way up the totem pole and started as stage manager, and then I became assistant artistic director in January 2013,” said Aherne.
Aherne is also a filmmaker with a dual degree in theatre and film from The University of Toledo. She said writing, acting, and directing are very therapeutic activities which help one find honesty within themselves and grow as artists.
Since forming in 2007, The Glacity Theatre Collective has lived up to their slogan, ‘Theatre in your face!’ Each production steps outside the boundaries of traditional theatre in order to deliver a unique show audiences won’t find elsewhere.
The company has put on shows by such famous playwrights as Sarah Ruhl, William Shakespeare, Samuel Beckett, and Harold Pinter.
An example of their nontraditional work is “For the Devil Told Me So,” a horror play co-written by Aherne and performed throughout a friend’s house.
Due to the success of this horror show, the company is in early talk of making it an annual event, according to Aherne.
Part of Glacity’s mission is collaborating with local artists, and they welcome original scripts for production consideration.
“We’re just all about getting into the community and finding our theatrical artists and giving them an opportunity to produce their work,” said Aherne. “We serve as a nice transition for students who have graduated and are looking to work in a more professional setting.”
“The American Dream” and “The Sandbox” play at 8 p.m. Jan. 15-17 and 2 p.m. Jan. 18 in the Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are $15 general admission or $10 for students. Thursday’s show is “pay what you can.”