Centenary Department of Theatre presents ‘Really Really’ at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse February 6-9
SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary senior Christian Stewart, a theater major at the College, is switching roles this week to direct Really Really, a play by Paul Downs Colaizzo. Really Really opens at the College’s Marjorie Lyons Playhouse on Thursday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m., with additional evening performances on February 7 and 8 and a 2:00 p.m. finale on Sunday, February 9.
Really Really presents a provocative look at the aftermath of a wild college party and an alleged sexual assault, repeatedly shifting the balance of truth and the moral landscape of its characters. Its depiction of the interactions between a group of friends and peers has also been identified as a critical indictment of “Generation Me.” A New York Times review of the play’s off-Broadway run in 2013 described it as, “Lord of the Flies with smartphones.”
“I am honored that I was chosen to direct such a hard-hitting play, especially since this my first directing experience outside of class,” says Stewart. “I have had the pleasure of working on this show with some of my very best friends. Since a lot of what we do has a heaviness to it, being surrounded by people I love and care deeply for has really taken some of the weight off and made it a little easier to handle.”
Junior Anthony Castillo considers his character, Davis, to be the most challenging role he has ever played.
“Davis is a very complex person, with severe anger issues,” explains Castillo. “The hardest part about this process is putting myself into his mindset, where the choices he makes, are choices he feels are acceptable. The most rewarding outcome about this process is having this outlet to discuss this issue. I feel like the topic of rape and sexual assault is something that is almost scared to be talked about openly. This play provides an outlet to address and bring more awareness to this topic.”
Tickets for Really Really are $15 for general admission, $10 for military personnel and seniors, and $5 for students with ID. Tickets are free for all Centenary students, faculty, and staff. Visit centenary.edu/playhouse for more information or to purchase tickets.
Talk-Back sessions with the director and cast will be held at the conclusion of each performance. Warning: This production contains scenes of graphic sexual violence.