Arts and Entertainment Editor
Love, teenage pregnancy and murder. Those themes are present in the play “Tuesdays and Sundays” directed by junior directing student Veronica Pamphile.
“Tuesdays and Sundays,” written by Daniel Arnold and Medina Hahn, was live-streamed on April 16 and 17 from the Wright Theater at the Redfern Arts Center.
The performance was a part of the Directing II (TAD 470) class which Pamphile is a part of. Pamphile was one of two students whose pieces were presented.
“This play is very much about two people experiencing a kind of complicated relationship. It really explores the depth of the human experience and how far fear can take us as human beings,” Pamphile said.
“Tuesdays and Sundays” follows William and Mary, a teenage couple and takes place in the farming community of Margate on Prince Edward Island in 1887 and is based on a true story.
Pamphile explained how her directorial style went into “Tuesdays and Sundays.”
“My directing style is very abstract, and avant garde, [and] non-literal so I really wanted to find a piece that correlated with my directing style,” Pamphile said.
Pamphile continued, “The way that it’s written is very in-out, in-out, in the way that like the two characters are playing their thoughts as a character and then themselves as a character, and then they’re also playing into memories as a character and reflecting back on that as a character.”
Pamphile shared that she likes to experiment with movement when directing a piece.
“That [movement] helps to drive the story, I think. I took these moments and asked myself ‘How can we put this into our bodies? How can putting things into our bodies movement-wise help drive the story forward?’” said Pamphile.
Pamphile explained that “Tuesdays and Sundays” was one of her other choices, as her first choice, a piece titled “Ashes to Ashes” was denied streaming rights.
“I actually came across ‘Tuesdays and Sundays’ after researching another play that Daniel [Arnold] and Medina [Hahn] had written before, and so I had found ‘Tuesdays and Sundays’ and read the synopsis… when I read it, the language was kind of poetic and there’s a lot you can do with it and there’s a lot of room for your own artistic preferences and styles to be in there, and something I was really looking for,” Pamphile said.
Sophomore theater and dance major with a focus in acting, Mary Graham, who played Mary, talked about the show. “It’s very fun because you get to know the characters really quickly… It’s always a long process for a show. I wasn’t sure how it was gonna go because [the show] is only one hour, but it’s pretty much the same as they had been in the past. We started with just reading through things and getting to know who the people were in real life– because that’s super important, we don’t want to portray things that aren’t true,” said Graham.
Graham shared that she felt like she’s grown as an actor from working on the show, “Working with a different director is always super exciting and getting to know someone as a director and as a friend is a brand new experience for me. But also, on top of that, I’ve never had to do a show of this manner… I had to learn how to scream for this show, which is super cool, and that’s something that I definitely had not had to do ever in my previous experience.”
First-year theater and dance major with a focus in directing, Tyler Nash, who played William in the show, shared what he felt like he learned from the show. “I really learned how to let my character be human. I really learned how to embody the human experience,” said Nash. “In the past, when I’ve been in a role, it gets to a point where I’m not necessarily playing the truthness of a character, but with William I’ve really found that,” he continued.
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