It’s been a busy start to the term. At the beginning of each term our drama club on campus, called Dramat, holds auditions for the normally brief plays that they put on each weekend in a small-theater setting called the black box. These plays are student directed as well as being performed by the students, and are sometimes even student written. In the fall, I directed the opening scene of the acclaimed HBO show “The Newsroom”. It was a great experience, and relatively brief – the play was only about 15 minutes long. This term I went back to acting, and I am now involved in a somewhat more ambitious theatrical attempt: a full-length version of Shakespeare’s “King Lear”. Including the director, the cast is 15 students, the largest I have ever seen in a Dramat play. I play the part of Kent, Lear’s loyal but unloved duke, servant, and friend. This is the kind of diversity that Dramat offers – it appeals to both experienced, dedicated actors and directors that want to tackle a Shakespeare play to novice actors that want to join a quick 15 minute play, to comedians, writers, and more. Lear will go up mid to late spring – I’ll keep everyone updated!