This article was published in our bimonthly satire issue: The Zircon.
Scrilic Fajita—Staff Writer
Have you ever seen the Truman Show? Harmless fun, right? But how do you know that YOU are not in one? Or are you?
Every time someone gets a lead in a play or a One-Act, that person’s life becomes The Truman Show. If you don’t think that is true, just hear me out.
Memorize. Audition. Roles assigned. Lead. Memorize. The world now revolves around the lead character. Depending on the length of the play, the lead’s schedule of classes and time may be the determining factor for rehearsals. The lead always has to be somewhere at a specific time, and people will ensure you get there. Also, the set is staged for your big moment.
“It’s weird,” said senior Will Eyeam, who starred in this semester’s production of “A Wrinkle in Space.” “I want a doughnut, and the next thing I know my best friend has an extra doughnut in his sack lunch. Or, like the klutz I am, I trip on the sidewalk, and someone is always there to catch me.”
The other actors, director, designers and stagehands all focus on the lead. Every move, every line, everything is based off of the lead actor’s or actress’ moves, lines, and basically everything he or she does. If the lead messes up, the rest of the cast makes sure to mess up. The whole play is scripted out to fit the lead’s needs, story and life.
Ever get the feeling someone is following you? Or maybe you got the last laundry machine available on Sunday, or you found a quarter on the floor in the library. Maybe your crush said they like you over Facebook messenger, or things are just always going your way. Yeah, that’s The Truman Show. This is what acting is like. Everything has “you” written all over it.
“That’s our intention,” said Theatre Arts professor Josiah Wallace. “We want the actors and actresses to feel like they are being watched and listened to constantly, and we even hire workstudies to watch them intently. I know their every move even before they think about it. It’s all done here at our control room in the back of the Theater Department. We watch everything.”
And there’s no escape. The only way to not be the center of attention in a play where a person is the center of attention is by dying. And even then, you’ll be the center of attention. But wait, there’s more! The script will always call for you to come back as a ghost to teach your younger protégé. That’s what happened in Star Wars, right?
Or it might be aliens.