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Fall 2014 in the Department of Theatre and Film:
The Adding Machine
Written by American playwright Elmer Rice and directed by Irene Alby. The Adding Machine follows the story of an ordinary accountant, Mr. Zero, who murders his boss after learning he will be replaced at work by an adding machine. This action – his only unique and spontaneous act after a lifetime of obedience – and its consequences are explored in Elmer Rice’s expressionistic play.
After he is sentenced and executed for murder, Mr. Zero finds his afterlife to be a most unexpected experience. Funny, sad, poignant and startling, this expressionist, metaphorical play will be a visually rich contemplation on right and wrong, life and death. The play’s director, Irene Alby said, “The character of Zero is an everyman. He’s the lowest common denominator, who blames everyone else, never has an original thought, never thinks outside the box. He’s a person who does what he’s told and doesn’t question it. His fear of what others think of him is his driving motivation in life.”
Alby adds that though the age of the play dates it somewhat, it’s still very relevant to today. “We’re taking the play out of its time and making it more timeless. Its themes are about dehumanizing technology, increased isolation and the mechanization of humanity. Today we have machines replacing jobs that people used to do, the outsourcing of jobs, the effects of texting and social media replacing face-to-face interaction.”
Simon Huber Visiting Filmmaker
Huber taught advanced techniques in exterior night shooting, camera blocking, and the logistical practices of a director of photography during his october residency. Simon Huber, a Swiss based Director of Photography for advertising, feature films, and social documentaries works globally in some of the world’s most scenic and fascinating places: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Nepal, Egypt, Vietnam, Dubai, Lapland, Europe, Russia, the United States, and beyond. Mr. Huber makes social documentaries for FAIRMED (http://www.fairmed.ch/en/) a Swiss based organization that works to eradicate poverty related diseases in the Central African Republic. His professional experience shooting commercials for international brands like Samsung, Danone, Coca Cola, FIVB, Polkomtel, Jack Wolfskin, Emmentaler, has positioned Mr. Huber among leading European commercial cinematographers.
Updates and News
Irene Alby, Acting lecturer will be taking the cast and crew from The Adding Machine to Region 2 of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Cleveland. This is a highly prestigious festival, and the UT production of The Adding Machine will be considered as one of 5 to 7 plays in our region with the possibility of moving on the national festival in Washington, DC
Head of Acting, Cornel Gabara is extremely busy! While his Miss Julie enjoys its second weekend of performance at the UT Department of Theatre and Film CPA, he will be in Chicago, Illinois, remounting his production of Mrozek's Striptease at the Chopin Theatre (as part of the Z. Herbert and S. Mrozek Festival)! This play, stars senior Lindsey Millerand Alum, Lynnette A. Bates!
Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History published Edmund Lingan's, The Theatre of the Occult Revival: Alternative Spiritual Performance from 1875 to the Present. Lingan is the Interim Chair of the department.
Tammy Kinsey, UT professor of film, showed one of her works, “Cavellini on Ice,” in New York City last month. The film was shown at WhiteBox in New York City as part of the Cavellini Festival, a three-day celebration of the Italian artist held at WhiteBox, Lynch Tham, Richard L. Feigen & Co. Gallery, and the Museum of Modern Art. Kinsey made the piece with artist and filmmakerJean Kusina. “Cavellini on Ice” is both a tribute to the late artist as well as a parody of artistic self-promotion.
Holly Hey, UT associate professor of film, has directed and edited a short film, “Bread Elegant,” that was accepted into the 2014 Ohio Independent Film Festival.“Bread Elegant,” which was directed and edited by Holly Hey, UT associate professor of film, was included at the recent Ohio Independent Film Festival.The film was co-produced by Dr. Matt Bereza and Lee Fearnside, who are both faculty members at Tiffin University. It screened in June at the Collaboration and Innovation Across the Food System Conference at the University of Vermont in Burlington. For the festival, “Bread Elegant” ran Nov. 6-9 at Atlas Cinemas Lakeshore 7 Theater in Euclid, Ohio.
A few of the careers available to Theatre and Film graduates (and enjoyed by our alumni):
Film/Video Editors and Camera Operators
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Public Relations Specialists
Writers and Authors
Seelio Online Portfolio
Students in the Department of Theatre and Film are participating in a pilot launch at UT of Seelio, an online portfolio platform. Take a look at some of the professional portfolios our students have built. The University of Toledo is working with Seelio, a Michigan startup based in Ann Arbor. Seelio allows students to create an online portfolio to showcasing their work and serving as a vehicle for real-world job experience. Different than social media or resume building sites, Seelio lets "students create a professional persona through meaningful descriptions and rich, visual attachments. Take control of your professional online presence and stand out in a way that you can't on sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest." Read more about Seelio.