by andrew lippa, based on the poem by joseph moncure march.
yale university theatre (dramat fall mainstage)//2016.
photos by andrew schmidt.
choreography: sebastiani romagnolo.
md: sam hollister.
scenic: alexander woodward.
costumes: david moyer.
lights: andrew griffin.
sound: mark van hare.
clara bow meets fiona apple's 'criminal video' opening the night after donald trump's election.
a note from our program:
'I’m sure it’s hard for you to sit in the theatre tonight, at least a little bit. I want to thank you for being here and supporting the students who have tirelessly built this experience from the ground up.
I have always known that THE WILD PARTY is a play about confronting true consequence for the first time, an irreparable damage that cannot be undone. This has always been the heart of our play. It seems that now, more than ever, this theme resonates within the walls of the University Theatre, within the campus community at Yale, and within the United States at large.
This play is not a celebration of frivolity. This play is about a group of people, disenfranchised from the lives they feel they deserve to live, trying to eschew the roots of their problems with a temporary solution that can only offer them false hope, is wholly volatile from the outside, and (spoiler alert) ultimately leaves them more gutted than before. THE WILD PARTY is not a play about a rager, THE WILD PARTY is a play that reflects upon the decision made by 59 million Americans on Tuesday night to elect Donald Trump as the next President of the United States.
As we commune with the play tonight, I’d love for us all to meditate on the decisions we make and the idea of ‘consequence’, how it torments the fourteen characters you see on stage, and how it weighs on our hearts very deeply in this moment.
Consequence: Effect of one's choices. Consequence: Effect of other's choices. Consequence: The effect of other's choices affects the effect of one's choices. Consequence: One never really had a choice to start. (Nick Brooks//EDDIE)
Consequence: It’s 2:30 a.m., and you stand around the Woman’s Table with three of your best friends. You are children of immigrants and residents of states painted red. You are still crying. (Isabel Mendia//NADINE)
Consequence: The result of overlooking a privilege or making a mistake from which you now cannot distance yourself. (Madi Cupp-Enyard//JACKIE)
Consequence makes you want to press a rewind button more than you've ever wanted anything. But life isn't a movie or a show that you can start over again the following night. So the guilt, fear, and horror swells to a lump in your throat and a mass in your stomach. You can let that swallow you whole. Or, you can force your head up, acknowledge your reality, and fight your past mistakes. Again and again. (Ginna Doyle//QUEENIE)
There is a monumental difference between those who have lived their lives without consequence and those who wish they'd been able to. (Lucy Tomasso//MAE)
Consequence: When you wake up and realize it hasn't gone away. When you realize it's here to stay. (David Townley//OSCAR)
Consequence: girls' sobbing echoed through my dorm last night. i want to say that hatred made explicit is easier than insidious hatred but i can't. (Walker Caplan//DELORES)
Consequence: Realizing the magnitude of a decision you made because you thought it 'wouldn't affect you directly,' and watching everyone around you suffer the repercussions of your selfish decision. (Chris Quazzo//PHIL)
Consequence: We want to go back to change what was done, but we can't. It's permanently written into our history now, and we must move ahead with an even stronger understanding of the need for change. (Delilah Napier//MADELAINE)
consequence is result of action.
we now face the consequence of an action, a decision, but consequences need not be permanent.
this is a temporary consequence, and we can brave it with positivity, solidarity, art, and unity. (Cami Arboles//MAX)
"What's important is the ability to endure. To be able to bear one's cross and have faith. I have faith, and it's not so painful now, and when I think of my vocation, I'm not afraid of life.” -Anton Chekhov, The Seagull (Christian Probst//BURRS)
Consequence: We make choices, but the consequence is what makes us. (Lizzy Emmanuel//STAGE MANAGER)
As a theatre-maker, I have always been fascinated by morality plays, 15th Century allegorical performances that presented their heroes with personified moral attributes, prompting them to choose between a life of goodness and a life of evil. Morality plays were created as a reflective canvas through which people could quantify and qualify their own experiences and be catapulted back into their lives ready to take action and make stronger decisions. Let us now examine THE WILD PARTY as the morality play it is. Let us see how dangerous it is to run from the core of what plagues you into the arms of a false prophet, let us see how grotesque it is to fool yourself into believing your true demons can ever be well-disguised, and how much wreckage you leave behind if you choose to move through life with only the scope of self in mind. Let us think about the consequences that may await us as a nation for the next four years and how we, as audience and activists, must leave the theatre tonight and start enacting change. Tonight, we aren’t putting on a play. Tonight, we are getting fired up for what we must to do next.
Thank you again for being here. I want to offer you both escape and engagement over the next few hours, I know we can deliver both.
Director, THE WILD PARTY.'