As some of you may know, the annual fall play “Rise and Shine” is coming out soon. I’ve been getting loads of crap about how I haven’t covered it on the blog yet, so I hope you retards are happy.
Today marks an Over8d first: an interview with Scott Szpisjak (pronounced SPEE-zhak), who plays the very fulfilling role of Ensemble Member number 12. Here’s what he had to say:
Q: So, what is this play actually about? I feel we need some serious clearing up about this.
A: It is about how you can get to the top, how life is too competitive, and we need to help each other.
Reaction: Awwww. How goddamn inspiring. If the play is about competition there had better be something about how OVER8D TJ is.
Q: Why is this play so different from all the other plays?
A: There are like 6 characters with names, no costumes, and not one coherent story line. It’s also really short, like 30 minutes.
R: Thirty minutes? That’s shorter than the amount of time it takes to make Minute Rice.
Q:Why does the play have so much hate? It seems to get so much crap.
A:Originally, lots of people hated it because it was so different, but now people have come to realize the potential more, so not as much hate.
R:Well that’s wonderful. If the actors themselves don’t like the play, how the hell are we supposed to?
I’d like to add that you’d better not mention this to Nova, unless you want her to rant on how it is “A FORM OF ART!!!!1!”
Q:So you’ve written this play yourselves? Where did your inspiration come from?
A:Well we worked with these people from the Arena stage voices of now program, and they gave us writing prompts all summer, and they took our responses and worked them into a play.
R:Wow, a custom written play. I hope one of the prompts was “Where do you go to find great humorous content on your school?” because then we get some free advertising.
Q:What’s the worst thing about acting in this play?
A:I really love working with sets and costumes, and there are none. Also the lack of characters with names.
R:It’s true. No sets, no costumes, no props. Everything is done through the medium of interpretive dance. Which is definitely gonna lead to some snickers in the “let’s brush our teeth” scene.
Q:Any other self-promoting crap you’d like to add?
A:We went to VTAYPTF (Virginia Theatre Association Young Peoples Theatre Festival) Saturday, and our play got gold. (It was judged, not first second third, but gold bronze and silver, not in that order. Every play that was preformed there got one of those.)
And don’t come if you are going to be like those people that came to The Eleventh last year and make rude comments throughout.
R:That’s gonna be hard, knowing some people. mhemhehemehemehehemehe Edward.
Before I go, a quick announcement: We’re officially retiring two of our features that flopped- Crap Sevvies Do, which never got off the ground, and Lost and Found, which nobody really liked. Maybe they’ll come back once we have more blogging experience, but for now, they’re gone. May they rest in peace.