Jackson Margolis
Drama teacher Brian Frishman observes his students during rehearsal.

After losing their last mile relay race, four high school runners (junior Josh Friedman and freshmen Bryan Chow, Carter Joost and Avi Krishnan), sit on a bare stage, wearing their USA running suits and trying to accept that they ruined their only shot at winning (by dropping a baton) through telling jokes and holding grudges.

This edgy yet comical act, “Stopwatch,” is directed by drama teacher Brian Frishman and is one of four that will be performed on, Thursday, April 12, and Friday, April 13, with a cast of only seven high schoolers. The one-hour show is called “One Acts.”

While “One Acts” is a collection of short scenes, unlike last year’s fall production, “LOVE/SICK,” these shows were not intended to be performed together.

And sophomore Savannah Rosenzweig, who is in three of the acts, said she believes that there is no unifying message.

For instance, “The Spot,” which depicts a campaign manager named Roger (Friedman) attempting to film a an already scripted campaign ad, has no correlation to the second act, “Cheating,” which is centered around a group of high schoolers debating the ethics of how to study for English teacher Patricia Fels’s test on Plato.

Though Frishman has found it easier to rehearse shows with individual acts so that not everyone has to be at every rehearsal, the small cast in the show requires that every actor be in two or three of the acts.

Thus, junior Brandy Riziki said, the rehearsals have still had attendance issues due to illnesses and extracurricular activities.

And according to Riziki, who is featured in two of the acts, it became a challenge for everyone to make all the rehearsals.

Rosenzweig agrees with Riziki and thinks that the hardest part about this show, besides memorizing her lines, was coming to every rehearsal.

However, Riziki also said that the increased amount of absences didn’t have any impact on the fluidity of the show.

“It was hard,” Riziki said. “But since most of the cast is in the drama elective, it didn’t affect our memorization as much.”

In fact, unlike during other dress rehearsals, Frishman said he focused more on the blocking and scene changes than on line emphasis or character intention.  

“The acting is really good, guys,” Frishman said during dress rehearsal.

Nevertheless, Riziki said she’s somewhat nervous and feels as though the dress rehearsal week has really flown by quickly.

Both Riziki and Rosenzweig said they’re excited about the show and really hope people will come.

Riziki believes that this general excitement surrounding the play can be attributed to how well the cast has worked together during rehearsal and how much they have bonded.

 

“One Acts” will be performed at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, and Friday, April 13. Admission is free.

—By Jackson Margolis

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