The scene from a play set during the French Revolution called for dramatic dialogue, which student Anna Compton delivered with verve while alone in a small Haas Center for Performing Arts room, her image seen through a box on a computer screen.
And then, right in character, she both ad-libbed and delivered a mea culpa as she bent down: “My bench needs to be over here.”
Laughter ensued from the rest of the cast and production team for the virtual production of “The Revolutionists” by Lauren Gunderson, which will run in November. It was laughter that is a natural extension of the camaraderie during a production, but it also was imbued with an extra layer of understanding about the unique challenges this group is facing in its presentation.
Students and cast members Compton, Evie Shadoff, Tay Terry and Madison Williams are navigating performances before cameras in individual rooms and without stage hands to help with props and costumes. And of course, those are only some of the adjustments to work through during a rehearsal several weeks before the first performance that normally would focus on character development and other acting elements, said Karen Libman, professor of theater and the production’s director.