Rebecca Pandone ’13 Unites Majors though Play
Rebecca Pandone ’13, a communications and theatre double major is directing the U.S. premiere of With Love and a Major Organ, a play by Julia Lederer that has only been presented at the Toronto Fringe Festival. It’s a play about finding a human connection in a world of technology.
“The show is sweet, fast-paced, set in New York City, with a small cast, and an intimate setting.” Rebecca said of her show.
There are two different senior projects that Rebecca is tackling this semester. She is directing With Love and a Major Organ for her theatre major, but she also made a behind-the-scenes video of the process behind putting on a play for the world to see. Rebecca emphasized that interpersonal communication is such an important part of this play and to human interaction in general, that she had her actors explore a communication theory to gain a better understanding of the characters they are portraying.
“Relational dialectics, the communication theory I used, is about the struggle, the push-and-pull nature of any close personal relationship.” Rebecca comments. “I really wanted to show that there is a connection between my two majors. Like to tell communications majors ‘Hey, this isn’t just a theory on paper; it can be applied to the real world’, and tell theatre majors ‘Hey, you can go outside of your major to find substance for your performance.’”
When asked why she picked this play to direct, Rebecca replied, “The play combines my two favorite passions: communications and theatre. It’s such a sweet play; it really speaks to me.”
With Love and a Major Organ is being presented on Friday, April 26 at noon and 8 p.m. in Alumnae Hall’s Little Theatre, with free admission.
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