When you attend SJCT’s fall play this Thursday through Sunday, October 24-27, there will be a new air of intimacy in the Whittier. Director Susan Williams wanted a more close knit setting for Jane Martin’s Talking With…featuring 11 monologues about 11 different women’s lives. Susan went to John and Penelope who with the help from volunteers were able to set up a special “thrust stage” for the play, bringing the stage out into the audience more and reducing the number of seats available.
"I’m interested in "out of the box" performance space," said Susan. " I like looking at a space and seeing the possibilities beyond
its intended configuration.” This isn’t the first time Susan has moved things around. She also started the annual summer Night Music series in the Gubelman, which changed around the stage and the audience as well.
"Fortunately we have a production team that enjoys the challenge and comes up with great ideas. Night Music’s success can be somewhat attributed to the intimacy we created within the new setting and I think audiences and performers will find the Whittier experience deeply altered, more intimate and more provocative."
The photo below shows just how much the stage goes into the audience (that’s Julie Greene on stage rehearsing for her role in Talking With…—seated is stage manager Nan Abel).