Stage Orphans Debut, Take a ‘Stab at Stability’

Thursday, Dec. 3 through Saturday, Dec. 5, a group of St. Mary’s actors known as The Stage Orphans performed a series of four scenes, three of which where written by award-wining playwright Neil LaBute.

The performances took place in Montgomery Hall’s White Room and were directed by sophomore, Jonathan Wagner. The performance was a compilation of several short plays, all dealing with very social topics such as abortion, affairs, and the dangers of Internet dating.

The first three plays of the performance, “Land of the Dead”, “Love at Twenty”, and Coax (I Really, Really Like You), had all been written by playwright Neil LaBute.

The first play, “Land of the Dead,” was about a young couple, a workaholic WASPy businessman and a very nervous young woman who recently decided to terminate a pregnancy.

The play is told from both points of view and the actors (with assistance from the lighting) manage to convey a sense of nervous indecision about the upcoming abortion.

The second play, “Love at Twenty,” portrayed solely by sophomore Emily Atkins, paints a picture of a ditzy, young woman having an affair with her married older professor.

Atkins did a wonderful job of playing to every stereotype  associated with her role and while still managing to make the audience pity her.

The third play seemed to be a definite crowd-pleaser if the laughter associated with it was any indication, but was probably also the most disturbing. This play, entitled “Coax (I Really, Really Like You),” depicted an Internet predator going after a young woman, with the audience quite aware of what was about to occur.

“The third one was my favorite,” said sophomore Lyndsey Fournier. “It was creepy, but funny,” said sophomore Megan Kelley.

The fourth play, entitled “Capturing Happiness (Desire, Error, and Resolution),” was written  by Jonathan Wagner.

This play included all of the actors and had each of them do their part at the same time; it was very much a crescendo of sound.

“It was good,” said Sophomore Kenneth Doutt. “It all came together really well to make me feel angry and upset. It was very confusing, but I liked it.”

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