Apr 132010
Authors: Anna Baldwin

“Polaroid Stories,” directed by theatre co-director and professor Walt Jones, will open tonight at the University Center for the Arts for the theatre department’s second and final production run of the semester.

Inspired by Greek mythology, specifically Roman poet Ovid’s “Metamorphoses,” the play is a crossing of interviews or snapshots from the “invisible population.”

The dialogue is based on hundreds of hours of interviews of at-risk youth conducted by the playwright.

Set on an abandoned pier, street kids, drug dealers and users, teen prostitutes and the homeless come together to seek refuge from their lives.

“It was a very different production to approach,” Jones said. “It’s very hyperbolic and difficult to imagine. For a Fort Collins audience, this will be significant because they haven’t come across kids like this.”

Written by Naomi Iizuka, the production is an illustration of the shared belief of the characters that they possess God-like powers, though this is actually due to the influence of drugs.

Senior history and theatre major Caitlin Melby, who plays the skinhead girl in the play, describes the production as one that features “messages that are very relevant today.”

“I want people to come in and be engulfed,” Melby said. “Lots of people are removed from these issues, though they can happen in anyone’s backyard. I want to show people it’s definitely an issue.”

To understand her character and to help keep everything authentic because of how she was depicting real people, Melby did extensive research to understand the skinhead culture.

“There’s nudity, drug use and swearing, but I think the audience will be satisfied,” Jones said. “It’s hopeful in a strange way, and it’s funny in a strange way.”

Performances will be held in the University Theatre today through Saturday at 8 p.m. Performances will also be held April 22 through 24 at 8 p.m. and April 25 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for the public, $9 for CSU students and are available from the UCA Ticket Office or online at http://csutix.universitytickets.com.

Staff writer Anna Baldwin can be reached at verve@collegian.com.

What: “Polaroid Stories”
When: Today through Saturday, April 22 through April 25
Time: Saturday’s show starts at 8 p.m.
Where: University Center for the Arts
Tickets: $18 for public, $9 for students

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