Review and Photos by Fanny Bertalan
“Noctural Journeys Through Subconscious Landscapes” was a devised piece about love and loss. The actors translated strong emotions through three short plays all related to the same theme. The challenge given to three of the theater major students was to “find 15 minutes of music, let it speak to you and tell us the story, no words, just music,” said Caitlynn Davidson. She also added that it was trying to communicate pure imagination.
The first piece, “Letters,” was about the pressure of “men and women in times of war,” said Davidson, the playwright of the piece. “Torro,” conceived and directed by Taylor Castillio, was a journey that took the audience through a seductive Latino world. As for the last piece, “Ripples” could relate to anyone who lost somebody, when sadness takes people away from reality. The angel, performed by Megan Weathers, a vocal performance major and the winner of the 2012 Valley Idol, was the relation between those three pieces and made the journey. Megan defined her character as the guide through the journeying, the connection between life and death, the leader of the dead from the living world to “her” heaven. Parts of her monologues were taken from poems, which made her message strong about life: “You have to remember the people that you have lost will always be with you,” she said.