Training Theatre Artists to Make a Difference

Laura Aspen on the Value of Comedy in her Independent Project


(Shown From Left: Bridget Grace Sheaff, Walter Kelly, Courtney LePere, Anthony Papastrat.)

(Photo courtesy of Laura Aspen)

Such Things Only Happen in Books and Amicable Parting

I am currently in the midst of directing a production of Such Things Only Happen in Books by Thornton Wilder and Amicable Parting by George S. Kaufman and Leueen MacGrath. I selected these plays because I believe comedy is underestimated as a tool with which one can make an artistic impact. In this day and age, so much of what surrounds us in real life and what we experience in theater revolves around the often difficult and upsetting unrest which plagues the world. I believe that productions of Amicable Parting and Such Things Only Happen in Books contrast this negativity. These two comedies can illustrate the challenges of relationships, miscommunication, and happiness. They touch on common themes like love, which have impacted all of our lives at some point. Whether this impact has been big or small, it is a connection I will be able to create with my audience.

The rehearsal process has been a period of excitement and growth for me as an artist. Outside of my directing class, this is my first real excursion into the directing world. I began this process aiming to maintain a high level of collaboration with my actors and designers. I feel that this is one of the best ways to achieve a high quality product that will appeal to a diverse audience.

If you come and see our production you will enjoy a pleasurable evening looking into these two worlds we have created, laughing at the events on stage while realizing these characters have more humanity in them than not.

Preview- Tuesday, October 2 at 7:30 pm

Performances- Wednesday, October 3 and Thursday, October 4 at 7:30 pm

All performances will be in the Hartke’s Lab Theatre.

Admission is free.

Laura Aspen is a Senior drama major at the Catholic University of America


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