The play Exhibit This! The Museum Comedies may have finished its winter run this weekend (Feb. 6-7) but the playbooks won’t be put away for some time yet. Culver Academies’ Theatre Department will stage the play when the cast and crew travels to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August.
Written by Luigi Jannuzzi, Exhibit This! is a fast-paced series of comedic plays and monologues based on more than 50 exhibits at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The paintings, sculptures, and antiquities emerge from their molds and frames to talk with artists, guards, critics, lovers, curators, and even the audience.
Under the direction and supervision of Director of Theatre Richard Coven and Theatre Tech Director Marsha Coven, 10 actors and five stage crew members will perform Exhibit This! as part of the 2015 American High School Theatre Festival, which is part of the Fringe. With nearly 3,000 productions, 40,000 performances and thousands of performers from across the globe, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest performance arts festival in the world. Approximately two million people attend the three-week event.
Culver’s performances will be showcased at the AHSTF venue. Schools are selected by the AHSTF Board of Advisers to represent the United States. The board reviews the applications and identifies the top high schools based on their recent bodies of work, awards, community involvement, philosophies, and recommendations. Culver also made the trip in 2005 and 2011.
The students will return to campus early for rehearsals before taking off. On Saturday, Aug. 8, the group will perform the show in a dinner theatre setting. They will first stop in London to visit some of England’s historic sites before heading to Scotland. Students are now in the process of raising funds for the trip. They will be gone approximately two weeks. Also traveling with the group will be Richard and Catherine Battersby and Anthony Karpinski. Additional information is available by contacting Marsha Coven (574-842-8438).