What happens when you bring together a group of theatre artists with no guidelines other than that they are to create an evening of theatrical entertainment with music? This is exactly what Director Bruce Levitt and the students in his Solo Performance course have been exploring since last semester. The performance you will see starting on February 3 is the culmination of their work.
Bruce Levitt says the guiding principle of their work has been “bringing it to the table.” This meant, literally, bringing material to the table to work. It also meant bringing up tough issues for the group to consider – from race and ethnicity, to religion, illness, sex and love – and being open and honest about those issues. Much of the material in the play is autobiographical. The songs range from jazz standards to Broadway musical tunes to modern rock. The end result, Soiree/Cabaret, is at times soulful and at times playful, but always original.