I am going to be producing and directing my original play, E3. This play explores several layers of sexual assault and mental health, two topics that I am extremely passionate about. My collaborative partner is Rachel Feinstein, a photography major, who will add imagery through photography and projection to enhance the storyline. We have conjointly determined that photography in this production is crucial for two reasons: the first is that still-life photography will be used and projected onto a white backdrop to serve as a location indicator, since this show will be performed with a minimalistic set. The second way photography plays a huge role in this production is to use frontal projection to cast photos onto the backdrop of the characters during past and present life to explore their lives before the plot of the show. These projections will be in the form of a slideshow, flashing quickly in between each scene. We believe that this is an artistic demonstration of how life is going by quickly and how easy it is to miss a lot of moments, and with the content of the show, it displays what happens when moments are missed and how that can affect a person and their mind. For the symposium, I plan to have actors from the show perform an excerpt of the piece, and if that is not possible, I would like to make a video so that patrons can see the show in action.
Eric Van Baars
E3 is a play that explores the heavy layers of mental health and sexual assault. Standard statistics show that over 34,000 people in America take their own lives each year, and it is imperative to spread awareness. In order for suicide to stop happening, we have to keep talking about it. We have to take care of each other. Through my writing, Rachel Feinstein's photography, and several elements from an outstanding design team, we hope to spark thought and conversation about mental health and sexual assault because these are very real issues that are faced by too many individuals every single day. I this project to move those who are affected by either of these capacities to be unafraid to speak up, know that they are not alone, and that there is help, support, and love for them.