So you know how schools have all these cool extra activities during the week or on the weekend, and you’re like, “wow, that’s sweet but NO ONE actually goes to those things”? Well, I USED to feel the same way till I came to and realized I was dead wrong! Recently I saw a really awesome play written and directed by one of my friends. Now, if you’re saying I saw this play just cause my friend did it, you’re wrong…I saw it because I know she’s a fabulous writer.
Ms. Jennie Conway’s “Case Reopened” was presented by Cothurnus and ran from November 21st to November 23rd in Brodie’s Robert E. Sinclair theater. Cothurnus is a co-curricular student theatre organization that offers opportunities for students to apply knowledge of theatre production and skills acquired from class. This organization funds faculty supervised shows annually and two to four lucky students are chosen to direct and design productions called Vegetable S.O.U.P (Student Organized Undergraduate Production) (shout out to the Geneseo website for having such detailed information!). Did I mention that Jennie’s was the only play selected this semester? Yeah, that’s big stuff, folks! If you’ve ever wondered where your obligatory student fees go, this would be one of the many places (and what a beautiful use of money). Those fees help fund great opportunities like Cothurnus and Vegetable S.O.U.P productions!
It had been a long time since I had seen a play when I saw “Case Reopened” on November 22nd (actually, the last thing I had seen was either Shakespeare in the Park or La Boheme, the opera back in 2010). However, when I got to the Sinclair theatre and entered the completely black stage space, I was immediately filled with excitement — when you know someone and they do something great you feel a sense of pride for their accomplishments. The play was about an hour and a half long and the all-student cast and crew blew me away!
(¡Spoilers ahead! Not that it matters cause you can’t see this amazing play anymore!!) “Case Reopened” follows a young, successful female writer, Emma Fields, living in New York City. Fields writes a hit series of novels that follow the crime-solving escapades of Lizzie Gordon. The audience soon find that Gordon ‘lives’ outside of the books in Fields head, hence the play tagline. The two have an interesting relationship (that I will choose is friendship) that appears to be a coping mechanism for Fields who is still mourning the murder of her father. The story was impeccable, compelling and kept me interested and emotionally invested in many of the characters. The whole production was very engaging, calculated, sad and funny, it was quite a treat to watch! I saw this play with two fellow Geneseo students, Awa Gaye and Pamela Zaiter, both women said that watching Ms. Conway’s play made them want to see more performances, and honestly I felt the same way! Students at Geneseo have a plethora of opportunities to present their hard work to their peers outside the classroom and that’s what makes Geneseo so great! And with such a talented and engaged student body, it’s no wonder we have so many awesome performances and events going on around campus year round. It benefits being involved with campus life and not burying yourself in your schoolwork every waking moment. My suggestion to you, my friends, is to take a breather and explore all that Geneseo has to offer (spoiler alert: it’s a lot). Check out the arboretum, go to (an always exciting) Ice Knights game, snag tickets for a play, listen to the melodious voices of one of our many all-student musical groups, go see an art display or a cultural club performance, just get out there and enjoy all of Geneseo — these four years go by fast, trust me!