Posting Date: September 15, 2010

Kennesaw State presents innovative theater performance

"This is Not a Drill" to offer exciting evening of disastrous fun

By Andrea C. Kirwan

“Campy, cool, entertaining, scary and thought-provoking,” are the descriptive words Associate Professor Jamie Bullins uses to describe the upcoming Department of Theatre, Performance Studies & Dance production, This is Not a Drill: The Disaster Plays, directed by Bullins and Assistant Professor Jim Davis. The play will run Sept. 21-26 in the Black Box Theater.

Tough Choices for the New Century” by Jane Anderson and “Out to Sea” by Slawomir Mrozek are two one-act plays meshed into one disastrous, eerie and tragically humorous performance. Anderson’s contemporary dark comedy paired with Mrozek’s Theatre of the Absurd tragicomedy morphs into a production that Davis describes as being, “divergent dramaturgically, but thematically similar.”

Friedrich Nietzsche’s quote, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” has pervasive influence on the theme that the two one-act plays convey when combined into one performance. “That idea permeates throughout the show,” Bullins explains. Looming over the performance are the over-arching themes of disaster, survival and self-preservation. 

Bullins and Davis are excited to be working together on the upcoming performance and for the opportunity for three KSU student designers and two KSU student stage managers to assist in the success of the production.“Jim and I share the same sort of style when it comes to creating theater,” explains Bullins, a creation that “may be somewhat new to the students at KSU.” 

The Tuesday through Saturday performances will take place at 8 p.m. and the Sunday performance will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets for the performances are $12. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the KSU box office or call 770-423-6650


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