Despite its focus on the many facets of human suffering, “Sons of the Prophet” also showed the realities of human love and resilience, filling the auditorium with laughter.
The seven person cast is consistently strong and the relationships between characters feel touching and real.
In addition to performance opportunities created through university departments like the School of Music and Dance, students have stepped up to create communities of performers and gather audiences to witness their work.
With no lines to work through or scenes to memorize, “you’re present and feeling all those feelings,” Socolofsky, a co-leader of the group said. And performing without a specific story arch in mind makes it difficult, if not impossible, to make mistakes.
Plays provide the intimacy of a living, breathing moment but also allow for a degree of emotional distance. As spectators rather than participants, play-goers may pick up on insights that are easily missed when one is overwhelmed with the day-to-day details of their own life.