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Beckys New Car, The Fall Music and Drama Production

The Music and Drama Program at the American University of Kuwait (AUK) presented its annual Fall theatre production, Becky's New Car, at the Black Box Theatre, located on University campus. This production of the Steven Dietz play was directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre/Drama, Dr. Kathleen R. Downs, under the auspice of the Music and Drama Department.

Dietz's play revolves around Becky Foster, a middle-aged housewife who feels under-appreciated at work and at home. She struggles to find direction in her life while attempting to not hurt the people she loves in the process. Steven Dietz's play balances slapstick humor and genuine pathos as the characters confront their issues.

The production included performances by some veteran AUK actors, including Tori Danner, Omar Al-Farsi, Mohammed Al-Saeed, Abdulmajid El-Kassem, Samer Abou Zeid, Nada Amr Helmy, and Yousef Al Neyef as understudy.

The show also introduced newcomer Sundes Al-Blushi to the University's theatre community. Myriam Qutop returned as the Stage Manager for Becky's New Car, while veteran AUK actor Eamon Issa served as an apprentice to Dr. Downs.

The play relied on a crew comprised of students managing different areas of responsibilities, such as lighting, stage design, props, costumes, and sound. The crew transformed the stage and characters every scene, making it easier for the actors to get into character and perform.

The production crew included Taymour Khajah, who managed the lights, Renad Al-Roudham was responsible for costumes, Heya Al-Jouda handled the props, Seetah Yousef was the Asstistant Stage Manager, and Ken Downs was responsible for sound and set design. Publicity for the production was managed by Hani Nasser, Sundes Al Blushi, Sarah Al Khuswey and Rebab Shamaa, and the poster was designed by Abdulmajid El-Kassem.

Students from Dr. Downs' DRAM 360 course made up part of the theatrical ensemble. The rest of the company consisted of volunteers who met for six weeks during the semester, and immersed themselves in the characters they portrayed. All of the members helped each other with their various duties as they worked together to produce the show, which played five sold-out performances.

The Department of Music and Drama offers a wide range of opportunities for both beginning and advanced students within the context of a liberal arts education. The Music and Drama faculty of talented professionals work closely with students to prepare them for campus concerts and plays, and to academically challenge them in courses on performing arts. The department fosters artistic proficiency, cultural appreciation, a sense of community, and a lifelong commitment to the arts.

Images from the Play

Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 9th December 2014

Photography by the Office of Public Affairs (C) 2014

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