Marlboro, Vt.—A fast-paced show, “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind,” directed by Marlboro College junior Lydia Borowicz, and featuring eight Marlboro students, will be performed on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5 at 8:00 p.m. in Whittemore Theater.
An energized collage of 30 sketches in 60 minutes, “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind” combines the absurd, the funny, the serious, the political and the personal. Borowicz describes the combination of 30 small plays, each written by an original cast member of the Neo-futurist theater group of Chicago, which has performed it since 1988. “It’s a little bit like Saturday Night Live, in that the pieces are little sketches and skits.”
Audience involvement is essential to the performance. When they enter the theater, viewers are handed a menu with a number beside each titled skit. At the end of each skit, they shout out the numbered sketch they desire to see next, and the cast members, listening for the loudest number, perform the skit. As the audience changes every night, so does the order, keeping cast members attentive and alert. Anticipating laughter and enjoyment for the viewers as well as the cast, Borowicz also hopes that the audience emerges with a different idea of what theater can be.
Each cast member of the original performance wrote a few of the sketches, many of which are based on personal experiences. One skit takes place in a restaurant where the actors can place orders for their lives, asking for “a happy childhood” or “a divorce.” Another piece consists of an exaggerated apology, and many of the pieces concern relationships. The cast enjoys playful experiments, which might include performing a more traditional sketch as pirates complete with accents and costumes. The play contains some swearing, adult topics and nudity, and is not appropriate for children.
Borowicz, who plans to major in theater and directing, hopes to direct a range of theater, including more traditional works. “I would like to dip my fingers into as many different kinds of theater as I can,” she says.
The Whittemore Theater is fully accessible. For more information, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644. For cancellation information, please call the Events Hotline: (802) 451-7151.
Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro has been selected as one of 40 Colleges that Change Lives. (http://www.marlboro.edu/news/promotional/change_lives.html).