Acting in Evening of the Dead

By Gokhan Solmaz

Pictures taken by Marie Trotter

 

Blurry Director Joey Condello with Stage Manager Jules Mendoza

Blurry Director Joey Condello with Stage Manager Jules Mendoza

Performing Evening of the Dead at the Drama Festival was an exhilarating experience. Performing at Hart House was even more humbling. The Follies really helped make Evening of the Dead a fun and exciting experience. It was a challenge that taught me a lot about what it means to be a part of the theatre community. Bringing the show back has been strangely nostalgia inducing and re-creating the scenes with some new performers has been fantastic. I'm really glad that we have the chance to put it on again. 

What would you do in a Zombie Apocalypse? Cast member Gokhan Solmaz with fellow actors John Richardson, Lyla Belsey, and Claire Shenstone-Harris.

What would you do in a Zombie Apocalypse? Cast member Gokhan Solmaz with fellow actors John Richardson, Lyla Belsey, and Claire Shenstone-Harris.

I really enjoyed working with Director Giuseppe Condello, his process is really complementary to my own. We just read through the script and got it on its feet. Especially with this particular script, our goal was never to label it and have it be that. We actually discovered on performance night, back in February, how humorous it really became. Every production aspect that Joey made complimented how fun the show is. 

 

Behind the scenes action!

Behind the scenes action!

I really can't stress how fun this whole experience has been. Getting it up for Drama Festival, and then re-rehearsing it for Halloween again. It's a great fun piece to de-stress from midterms!