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MCC’s David Lane collaborates with Pearl City Players

Tarsa Weiker, Fine Arts Critic

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It seems our own Theater and Public Speaking Instructor David Lane has been dipping his hands in a new project! Lane has spent his winter break collaborating with the Pearl City Players Theatrical Society on its production of “God of Carnage.” Lane is directing the play!
“God of Carnage” is a comedy about two sets of Brooklyn parents who meet up to discuss an altercation that has happened between their eleven year old sons on a playground. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters.
The show is open to the public February 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, February 8 at 2:00 p.m., at the Bob Roach Little Theater in Strahan Hall. Tickets are only $10 and can be bought at the door.
I recently met up with Lane and had a conversation with him about this production. Since Lane has been directing this production in his free time I was curious to find out why he was so interested in the play and what he is getting out of directing it. “It’s a really good script…It’s well written…I like the story of how we really haven’t come that far in civilization as we think and when it comes down to it we all get pretty ugly.”
For Lane, directing the play allows him to gain more experience and it allows him to push himself artistically. Just any play doesn’t interest Lane. He has read a ton of scripts. “If I get caught up in reading them and I can visualize what’s going on it pulls me in.” That made me wonder what kind of crazy things go down in the play. It’s only a four person show with no intermission. That’s right, finally a play that won’t be interrupted at the best part!
“A good play leaves you with something to think or talk about,” Lane said. “This is a show for people who don’t like theater who will probably like that show.” I was skeptical. A lot of people don’t like theater just like there is a large amount who do. So what makes this show so special? Lane described it as “not your typical happy play.” That’s exciting because a play that is usually described as “not typical” really grabs my attention.
Lane recommends students see the show, and more than once if possible. “Every performance every time you see it is different. It’s unrepeatable. When you see a show, you are taking part in something that will only exist in that time while you’re there.” It’s interesting to realize that during each performance the actors aren’t going to perform the play the same way each time. If we go to a show we are taking part in history while it happens and nobody else will get to experience what we experienced at that moment in time. It’s something to think about.
“Live theater is different than a movie…live theater has a tangible thing that’s between the actors and the audience that you don’t get in the movies,” Lane said.
Lane’s favorite part of directing “God of Carnage” is the rehearsal process. Lane enjoys being hands on and “seeing a piece grow., Lane said. “The actual performances are kind of the icing on the cake, but the cake is the important part to me.” Who doesn’t like cake?
Lane described the play as “funny and shocking,” and that “God of Carnage” is a little bit more of an edgy show than the Pearl City Players usually put on. I did not get a chance to talk with the Pearl City Players personally so I asked Lane what he thinks the Pearl City players are hoping to gain from putting on this production. “Hopefully they are going to get some exposure,” Lane said. He thinks that this will help them build an audience for future shows.
“God of Carnage” is going to be an exciting play, and it is a great way to get introduced to the theater. Students should attend this event and support the local community theater, while also taking a step out of their comfort zones. You never know, you might like it and it gives you a chance to be a part of history in the making.
Shakespeare once said “”All the world ‘s a stage, / And all the men and women merely players. / They have their exits and their entrances, / And one man in his time plays many parts.”

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Student-Run Since '51
MCC’s David Lane collaborates with Pearl City Players