By Marco Cadena
LOGOS STAFF WRITER
From comedy to drama and everything in between, “Blueberry Toast” showcases the resentment that can arise when people who are supposed to love one another refuse to accept one another.
The play by Mary Laws, which opens April 21 and ends April 30 in Cheever Theatre, is the last UIW Theatre production of this academic year.
Directed by Dr. Robert Ball, professor of theater and department chair, “Blueberry Toast” tells the story of Barb and Walt, a couple with the “perfect” life and family whose disturbing reality surf
aces through extreme acts of violence. Staging these acts realistically has been a great challenge for the production team.
“Barb and Walt’s married life hasn’t been great for a while, but they put a good face on it for appearances,” Ball said. “Once they speak honestly with each other, everything starts to break down.”
Megan McHugh, a freshman majoring in theater arts, will take on the role of Barb, a homemaker who loves her family and wants to give her husband everything he needs.
“Constantly attempting to keep up appearances can be extremely draining, and because of years of wearing a mask of ‘simple housewife,’ when the mask is removed she finds herself doing things she never dared to before,” McHugh said.
Walt is played by Nicolas Guerrero, a freshman double-majoring in theater arts and criminal justice. Students Kendall Davila and Seth Guerrero will play the couple’s children, Jill and Jack.
“Walt is insecure, straightforward, and empathetic,” Nicholas Guerrero said. “I would like every member of the audience to be able to identify with one of the characters, to look at it and say ‘Wow. That reminds me of me.’ ”
Every two years, the Theatre Arts selects the plays it presents based on submissions made by members of the UIW community. Each season, the department chooses at least one play from another culture or time period, such as Federico García Lorca’s “The House of Bernarda Alba,” a Spanish piece performed in February.
“The department tries to pick plays that will provide a variety of experiences to our audiences and to students,” Ball said. “The first two shows of the year were comedies. ‘Bernarda Alba’ was a drama and now we have ‘Blueberry Toast’ which is half-drama and half-comedy.”
“Blueberry Toast” features scenic design by Christopher McCollum, costume design by Margaret Mitchell, sound design by Vania Vasquez, and lighting design by Melissa Gaspar.
“This play is an intense, violent, funny, and beautifully poetic way to tell a bizarre story of misunderstanding over breakfast leading to a gory unearthing of years of feelings and lies,” McHugh said. “This show can be a real eye-opener to most people.”
“Blueberry Toast” opens at 9 each night Aug. 21-23 and April 28-30 at Cheever Theatre. There will be no intermission for the 75-minute play.
Due to adult language and content, the Department of Theatre Arts is advising “no one under 17 should attend.”
University of the Incarnate Word students, faculty and staff may enter free with ID. Prices for others include $10 for adults, $9 for seniors 60 and up, $8 for non-UIW students and $6 for groups of 10 or more.
For more information or reservations, call (210) 8929-3800 or (210) 829-3810 during regular business hours.
The 2016-2017 theater season at will include four plays that involve the search for truth as the central theme.
In early October, the Department of Theater Arts will present “The Day Room,” a crazy comedy set in a psychiatric hospital where it is hard to distinguish the patients from the doctors. In mid-November, “Rosmersholm,” a haunting psychological drama written by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, will be staged. And in February. “Arcadia,” a British play that alternates the action between the past and the present in the same old manor house. The fourth play scheduled next April is yet to be determined.