By Erin Kamenic
UPPER BURRELL, Pa.— Several students in Penn State New Kensington’s Drama Club have recently started rehearsing for their fall play. “Beyond Therapy,” a comedy by Christopher Durang and being directed by Bill Mitas, follows the lives of two young people in Manhattan in the 1980s.
Main characters Bruce and Prudence are both seeking therapy, when their therapists suggest that they should each place a personal ad in the paper. Both do, and after a few failed dates, they decide to try and give their relationship a chance.
Jon McCabe, a freshman biology major, is the President of the Drama Club and also plays the role of Bruce. “It’s really fun, you’re going to laugh,” he says of the production. “The conversations between everybody is a really off-beat sense of humor. It’s purely comedy”
Laura Gensamer, an undecided freshman, is the Vice President of the Drama Club and plays the role of Prudence. “Prudence has slept with her therapist so that’s the cause of a lot of the problems,” she adds.
“There’s awkward moments, there’s freak outs, there’s crazy people, there’s sex, there’s everything!” quotes McCabe. “The climax of the play builds up. You’re going to have to wait to see it to see the end.”
“Beyond Therapy” has shows scheduled for November 13th, 14th, and 15th at 8 pm in the theater. Admission is five dollars for students and ten dollars for the public.
As for future plans for the Drama Club, the officers have been holding meetings in which they are currently deciding on what to do for their spring musical next semester with the theater class. “The Drama Club is cooking up something good,” says McCabe. “We’ve been talking about possibly doing ‘Sweeny Todd’, but it’s kind of up in the air”, adds Gensamer.
“We have a lot of actors this year so Bill is really excited,” says McCabe of the members of the club. “Practice has gone really good so far.” The Drama Club is always looking for new members and encourages students to join. In addition, they also are in the process of making a Facebook page.