‘University’ portrays student life, runs through Sunday


by Bridgette Gardiner

This past weekend Theatre Simpson began performances for “University,” written by Jon Jory. The play consisted of multiple scenes depicting college life as it could be on any college campus.

The play opened with a scene describing two upperclassmen picking on freshman on Orientation Day. It then went into many different scenes dealing with typical college student issues.

Some of the issues portrayed in the play included dealing with athletic losses, abortions, relationship struggles, life struggles and even graduation struggles.

“I thought it was a good way to meet people,” freshman Zoe Muehleip said.

The play is a good indicator of what campus life is really like. The scenes were so diverse that almost anyone could find something relatable.

“This being a play about students in college, it’s interesting to find the similarities between yourself and your characters and to distinguish the different aspects of them,” junior Mason Gustafson said.

Students who aren’t in theater are also encouraged to audition for the plays on-campus. It can be a good way to meet people, and even to try something you haven’t in the past.

Each actor had more than one roll to play and each roll was different from the other, but all focused on the common theme of college experience.

“I feel like the character of Haggar is really relatable to a lot of people, I feel like her experiences are very universal,” Muehleip said. “It was also the toughest roll I had to play.

The play will continue to run this upcoming weekend with showings Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. in the Blank Performing Arts Center.