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Making It Their Own

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For the theatre department’s spring production course, New York-based visiting director Jay Dunn ’00.5 came to campus to work with a group of students on adapting a version of Moliere’s last play, “Imaginary Invalid.” In collaboration with Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Dana Yeaton, who was also teaching the play in his comparative literature course, Dunn devised a studio experience for the actors that would include improvisation, adaptation and scriptwriting, workshops with Yeaton’s students, and plenty of archetype character development. It was a different approach for many of the students, most of whom have extensive experience on stage, but one they all relished in the end. “Imaginary Invalid” was performed in Wright Memorial Theatre on April 13-15.