Drew Theatre Students Work With Pros to Create Original Play

Photo: Drew University/Lynne DeLade

March 2, 2018 – Tectonic Theater Project, best known for its production of The Laramie Project—one of the most performed plays in America today—mentored Drew University students to create 4320p: Immersion, an original play that will premiere in New York City.

The play, directed by senior Madeleine Blossom, centers around technology and the curated self, exploring themes such as how we create our identities within social media versus in reality. The show takes place in a Virtual Reality competition show 15 years in the future.

During the fall semester, Drew theatre students took a weekly class in N.Y.C. where they studied with Tectonic members Barbara Pitts McAdams and Scott Barrow. Drew’s Semester on N.Y. Theatre enables junior and senior theatre students to explore Tectonic’s technique of Moment Work, and then to create a fully realized production using what they learned.

The new original work, 4320p: Immersion, will premiere at the John Callum Theatre in New York and also be performed at Drew’s Thomas H. Kean Black Box Theatre inside the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts.

The Callum shows are March 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and March 10 at 2 p.m. The theatre is located at 314 W. 54th St. For ticket information, please click here, email keanboxoffice@drew.edu or call 973-408-3030.

The Kean shows are March 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and March 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students. To reserve, please email the box office at keanboxoffice@drew.edu.

About Drew University

Drew, a Phi Beta Kappa liberal arts university, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Drew Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Drew is located on a beautiful, wooded, 186-acre campus in Madison, New Jersey, a thriving small town close to New York City. It has a total enrollment of more than 2,000 students and has 145 full-time faculty members, 94% of whom hold the terminal degree in their field. The Theological and Caspersen Schools offer MA and PhD degrees and the College confers BA degrees in 30 disciplines.

Drew is dedicated to exceptional faculty mentorship, a commitment to connecting the campus with the community and a focus on experiential learning. Particularly noteworthy opportunities for undergraduates include the the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE), home of 2015 Nobel Prize Winner for Medicine and Drew Fellow William Campbell, the Drew Summer Science Institute, the Center for Civic Engagement, six semesters in New York City (Wall Street, United Nations, Contemporary Art, Communications and Media, Social Entrepreneurship and Theatre) and several international semester programs. The University also houses the Center for Civic Engagement, the Drew Summer Science Institute, the Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict, the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, an independent professional theater, as well as the United Methodist Archives and History Center and one of the country’s leading concentrations of materials on Willa Cather.

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