Theatrical Haiku opens March 11

(03-06-2014)

Ian Orbke, Jordan Hull, Grant Brown, Josh Gilbertson, Danté Finley, Katie Miller, Jason Wells, JC Maheu

Pictured, Read Thru, written by Adams State University theatre majors John Hauser and Bethany Hernandez, (left to right) Ian Orbke, Jordan Hull, Grant Brown, Josh Gilbertson, Danté Finley, Katie Miller, Jason Wells, JC Maheu, prepare for opening night.

Since their first semester freshman year, Adams State University theatre majors John Hauser and Bethany Hernandez have performed on stage, taken classes, attended competitions, and developed a strong friendship. Directing and writing collaboratively seemed foretold.

Hauser and Hernandez are directing the final student theatre production for the spring semester. Theatrical Haiku, "what we do when you're not watching!" opens at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, and continues nightly through Saturday, March 15, in the Xperimental Theatre.

The night of one-act comedies will provide audiences with a glimpse into what happens backstage, in the Green Room, dressing room, and other areas privy only to actors and crew. "The acts are vignettes into the theatre world," Hauser said. Along with Theatrical Haiku, written by Mary Louise Wilson, Hauser and Hernandez will debut their one-act play, Read Thru. The two began writing the play while at a theatre competition in California. "It is a fun collaborative piece," Hernandez said.

Hauser said Hernandez has "awesome" comedic timing. "She is what makes me really really funny." Hernandez returns the compliment, "John has the big ideas and I tweak them."

For the two actors, both who have performed in nearly every major theatre production since their freshman year, directing was a new challenge. "It is a lot different than what I thought, I have had to learn how to combine my vision with what the actors are doing," Hernandez said. For Hauser, it has been a growing process. "The first night I must have spent the first five minutes just staring at the cast in complete silence."

Now, less than a week before opening night, the two are pleased with the production and ready for audiences to come and laugh. "The evening will strengthen your core," Hernandez said. "I can't say it any better," Hauser added.

Individual tickets are $8 for general public, $7 for seniors and students, and free to Associated Students and Faculty with current Adams state identification. To reserve tickets call 719-587-8499.