A week of my second spring break at Juilliard has passed! Here’s what I’ve been doing:
I took the PATH train from West 4th Street to Hoboken. My cousin and I had brunch at The Brass Rail at Hoboken. Then we proceeded to take a walk and watch all the seagulls at the Pier C Park.
2) SIGNIFICANT OTHER
All Drama students received a ticket offer for Joshua Harmon’s play, “Significant Other.” It is a story about the struggles of finding love in one’s 20’s and dealing with the loneliness and frustrations that come with it. I truly did not know what to expect upon showing up at the theatre. I was pleasantly surprised at how relatable, funny, painful and sincere it all was.
3) IFC – OSCAR-NOMINATED ANIMATED SHORT FILMS
I went down to the IFC Center at West 4th street with my mentor to watch the Oscar-nominated animated shorts. The stories were both riveting and engaging. It was my first time to watch a set of films at the IFC Center, much less an entire program of animated shorts. It was a new experience and something that I’ll be open to again in the future.
I have great respect for playwright August Wilson’s body of work and I consider him to be one of the greatest American playwrights. I made sure I caught one of his plays at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre before its limited engagement ran out. A unique thing that I experienced while watching this play was the sense of community I witnessed amongst the black audience members watching. When any of the characters said a line that particularly resonated with their experiences, I would hear a collective sound in agreement from an entire section. It was a great example on how witnessing theater can be a communal experience and a dialogue between audience and actors instead of audiences passively watching and waiting to be entertained.
I’m balancing all these with preparing for our next studio project, learning lines for scene study and monologues for an upcoming audition, and making time for friends beyond the school. That’s it for the first week!
REGINA DE VERA