At my daughters’ school, a college thesis is more than a document. In Alex’s case, it means a theater production. Yep, the whole enchilada, so to speak. From stage, costume and lighting design to stage and production management, and everything in between including marketing. Naturally, that costs a lot of money. So, students don’t do their theses individually. Rather, a whole batch of Technical Theater, Industrial Design and Production Design students do their thesis together. For Alex’s batch, it was an adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. July 19 was Gala Night, Speedy and I went, Sam missed it but she’s part of the production in a way because she was the official photographer who did the work for the posters and promotional materials.
What does an “adaptation” mean? It means retaining some of the original material and changing the rest. For Alex’s and her batch’s thesis, Williams’ play was partly rewritten to set the story to a more contemporary setting — The Philippines just after the EDSA Revolution.
I’d love to do a review, a post-mortem to be more accurate, but I’m biased. I helped the kids a bit with the paper work, just a bit, and not just my daughter but all the Technical Theater majors in the production. Little things like grammar check, writing outlines, organizing ideas and similar stuff. And feeding them, of course. So, I’d rather not write a review.
But how was Gala Night? Very enjoyable. We met the parents of the some of the other kids — the kids who have spent a lot of time in our house and with whom we shared so many stories, jokes, gripes, complaints and everything imaginable. Friends, old and new, including three of Alex’s closest friends from high school, came to enjoy the play and lend their support. There was a lot of heckling during curtain call including some very audible hoots for Alex who is rarely seen in a dress.
Congratulations are very much in order. Artistic endeavors are not always commercially successful but I hear that The Glass Menagerie adaptation was a commercial success.