Looking for something to do this weekend (…or Monday night)? Look no further! Go see 3c2c, a festival of short student-directed plays produced by Brown’s only completely student run theater group, Production Workshop. 3c2c, which stands for 3 Chairs 2 Cubes, features five fantastically diverse short plays with one common feature: each play must work with an extremely minimal set that consists of a maximum of three chairs and two cubes.
This year’s short plays are “This is a Fish,” written and directed by Ari Rodiguez ’13, “Tea & Cakes,” written by Madeleine Heil ’13 and directed by Rebecca Maxfield ’13, “Shining Armor,” written by Simon Henriquez ’15 and directed by Evan Silver ’16, “About Circles,” written by Eli Petzold ’14 and directed by Alice Preminger ’14, and “Five Incarnations of King Midas as He Attempts to Right His Wrongs,” written by Thom Finley ’14 and directed by Emma Johnson ’14.
The festival is taking place in the cozy and intimate PW Downspace in T.F. Green Hall, allowing the audience to feel extremely connected with the actors. The student-run element also brings an extra level of excitement to the festival. Thom Finley ’14, the writer of “Five Incarnations of King Midas as He Attempts to Right His Wrongs,” expresses the rush that comes with writing and producing work in such a short period of time; he credits this rush with his ability to escape his “own instinct to self-censor.” When asked to describe his play in 20 words or less, he said, “Child King Midas, at war with himself, finds and then (maybe?) loses the solution to all of his problems.” After all, what’s better than watching King Midas turn chocolate into gold while clutching an oversized teddy bear?
The quirky and refreshing short plays are far from conventional. When asked about the best part of participating in 3c2c, Finley recognizes the writers’ and directors’ “freedom to experiment and the graciousness of a community that supports risk-taking” (go Brown!) and seeing “the work come together in such a short period of time.” The showtimes are Saturday, September 29 at 8 p.m., Sunday, September 30 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Monday, October 1 at 8 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to see some of the awesome things that your fellow students are thinking up and creating. You can reserve tickets here (it’s free)!