Brien O’Loughlin is the latest writer/director in the School of Theatre. His full length play Blue Fire opens this Thursday with a running time of 90 minutes, no intermission. The play is about a mother fighting for her family, as they become mesmerized by the neighbor next door.
Blue Fire began as a class assignment in Oliver Mayer’s intro to playwriting class. Each person needed to write a scene about characters that did not know each other and were hiding something. He wrote the play over the course of last school year and applied for the TSA Grant. TSA stands for Theatre Student Association and they help students produce shows and organize events for school of theater students. With TSA as his producers, he got his design team together the first week of school and had auditions the second week.
Although Blue Fire is the first full length he has written, this is not the first play he has directed. In the last few years, he has directed Laughter on the 24th Floor, Our Town, and Byron’s Darkness, a play he wrote based on Lord Byron’s poem Darkness.
When asked how he balanced everything he said, “there are three areas: academics, social life, or extracurricular and you can only have two of those three; I gave up the social life but love what I am doing.”
Reserve tickets early at email@example.com but tickets will be available before each performance. All performances are in the Massman Theater next to the tennis courts. For everyone with rehearsals and late night classes there is an 11pm show Friday night. There is a suggested $5 donation.
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