Presentation Title

Annual FAUST Production : Reviving the Castle of Perseverance

Advisor Information

Amy Lane

Location

Milo Bail Student Center Council Room

Presentation Type

Performance

Start Date

8-3-2013 1:00 PM

End Date

8-3-2013 1:15 PM

Abstract

The Castle of Perseverance, in my opinion, is the most neglected facility on any of UNO’s campuses. Originally designed to be an outdoor amphitheatre/art installation, the Castle’s glory days were short lived. It soon became deserted; a ghost town – what I like to call “the ashtray of campus....” That is, until it was revived! By utilizing the Fine Art University Student Theatre’s play production slot, along with a generous grant from the university Office of Research and Creative Activity, the idea of producing a theatrical show was not impossible. By utilizing these resources, and allocating a lot of time, I was able to direct and produce a full-length, fully realized production of The Aliens by Annie Baker. Producing The Aliens was nothing short of humbling. Throughout the process I learned the value of a supportive network and honed skills needed for this collaborative artwork. Additionally, the show itself had a very successful run, and if anything, demonstrated the value of a long forgotten campus relic. If this project inspired only one person to consider the Castle of Perseverance as a plausible theatrical venue, then this project was a success.

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Annual FAUST Production : Reviving the Castle of Perseverance

Milo Bail Student Center Council Room

The Castle of Perseverance, in my opinion, is the most neglected facility on any of UNO’s campuses. Originally designed to be an outdoor amphitheatre/art installation, the Castle’s glory days were short lived. It soon became deserted; a ghost town – what I like to call “the ashtray of campus....” That is, until it was revived! By utilizing the Fine Art University Student Theatre’s play production slot, along with a generous grant from the university Office of Research and Creative Activity, the idea of producing a theatrical show was not impossible. By utilizing these resources, and allocating a lot of time, I was able to direct and produce a full-length, fully realized production of The Aliens by Annie Baker. Producing The Aliens was nothing short of humbling. Throughout the process I learned the value of a supportive network and honed skills needed for this collaborative artwork. Additionally, the show itself had a very successful run, and if anything, demonstrated the value of a long forgotten campus relic. If this project inspired only one person to consider the Castle of Perseverance as a plausible theatrical venue, then this project was a success.