Playback Theatre returns to McDaniel stage

McDaniel Playback
November 12, 2013

Improvisational theatre comes to McDaniel College with Playback, an interactive performance in which audience members share personal stories that are then acted out by the performers.

Free and open to the public, McDaniel’s Playback takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-16 in WMC Alumni Hall.

Playback theatre is a form of improvisational theatre that can be comedic, serious, dramatic and cathartic. An audience member is called upon to tell a personal story, chooses actors to play the roles, and then watches as the story is immediately recreated.

The performers are students enrolled in a playback theatre course at the college, which is part of the Interactive Theatre minor, including seniors Louisa Jenkins of Baltimore and Elena Waller of Oakland, Calif., and juniors Najee Banks of Baltimore, Liz Flores of Westminster, Md.; Sarah Sackett of Philadelphia and Emily Wendler of Baltimore. The performance is directed by Ron Miller, associate professor of Theatre Arts emeritus, and coached by McDaniel alumnus Chris Molloy ’10, artistic director of the Maryland Playback Ensemble.

Ron Miller studied playback theatre, which was created in New York in 1975, with Armand Volkas, director of the Living Arts Playback troupe in Oakland, Calif.

Playback has been performed at McDaniel since 2004, and former students in the playback theatre course have gone on to careers in acting, drama therapy, counseling and education. Several former students are also members of the Maryland Playback Ensemble, a community-based playback theatre company.

For more information, call the box office at 410-857-2448.