Spring semester classes at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, are drawing to a close and the students in Geoffrey Nelson’s two theatre classes are completing major projects rather than final exams.
In Acting Realism I, students perform two-character scenes from the play Really Really by Paul Downs Colaizzo. Written when the author was 21 years old, this scathing comedy/drama focuses on a group of seniors who are about to graduate from an elite private college when they become embroiled in the furor surrounding an accusation of rape. Really Really premiered in 2013 to very strong reviews.
In Nelson’s second class, Theatre Style and Creation, the final project for the students involves designing Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive.
The class is divided into teams of four, with each team including a set, costume, lighting and sound designer. In addition to submitting their research, designs, analysis, plans or plots and cue sheets, each group must do a PowerPoint presentation of their work for the other members of the class.
The is the fourth time Geoff has taught both classes at Denison.