ALAMOSA – The Adams State University Theatre production Treasure and Terminating, two one-acts, directed by senior theatre majors Brittany Pollard and Michael Ricci, opened at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 7 and continue nightly through February 10, in the Xperimental Theatre.
Pollard chose Treasure, written by Dennis Bush, for the socially relevant message. “We hinder ourselves when we judge one another by how we look.” The comedy includes four pairs of adults searching for a treasure.
“They are quick to judge one another and this prevents them from finding what they are looking for.” Pollard has always loved comedies. “I went back to my roots. Comedies are so much fun. I wanted the actors and the audience members to have a good time but still provide a meaningful message.”
Terminating, written by Tony Kushner, has a complex plot with many levels of messages. “The play has multiple layers and lines with big meanings and ideas,” Ricci said. He spent many hours contemplating the best way to direct the actors and produce the play. “Directing has been a great experience. It is very challenging and I spent hours analyzing the script.” He has always wanted to direct. “I didn’t feel qualified to be in the chair. After this experience I have more confidence as well as additional respect for the position.”
Although she sees herself as an actress first, Pollard also appreciated the experience. “The Adams State Theatre program allows students to be involved in literally every aspect of theatre. I have always felt very supported and like I am part of a huge family. There is an insane amount of creative outlets.”
After graduation in May she will return to her hometown of Aurora and look for theatre work in the area.
Ricci hopes to eventually pursue a master’s degree in theatre. “The theatre professors bring a wide experience of theatre to this program. I value their experience.” Terminating is based off a Shakespeare sonnet that will be read immediately following the performance.
Each of the acts lasts about 40 minutes, with a 10-minute intermission between them. Both directors appreciate the guidance from Jenna Neilsen, associate professor of theatre.
Due to subject matter and language, the directors recommend audience members be 18-years-old or older.
Tickets are now on sale and can be reserved by calling 719-587-8499. Tickets prices are $9 general admission; $8 seniors and high school students, and free admission for ASU faculty, staff, and students.