Student Production stages the original work “Endless Deep and Closer Still”
WHAT: Student Production in the Herberger College of Fine Arts at ASU presents "Endless Deep and Closer Still," an original work by ASU theatre student AJ Morales and directed by ASU graduate Julie Thwaites. "Endless Deep and Closer Still" walks a fine line between reality and fantasy, set against the backdrop of a voyeuristic residential complex.
Student Production is a student driven organization within the department of theatre that is dedicated to bringing student work to life on stage.
WHEN: April 14-16th, at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Student Laboratory Theatre at the Prism, 851 E. Tyler Street in the Ritter Building on the ASU campus (northwest corner of Terrace and Rural, just south of University Drive).
TICKETS: $3 available at the door only
"Endless Deep and Closer Still" is set in the Brickyard, a trendy new housing complex geared toward the utmost convenience and class. But when the building manager Darren uncovers an eerily high tech computer system in the basement, things take a turn for the surreal. Darren discovers that the system cannot only monitor the building's residents, but even control their behavior - a realization that threatens to unlock the darkness of his own fantasies. He now teeters on the edge of a moral dilemma: control those he cares about or risk being controlled himself.
Endless Deep is playwright AJ Morales' third full-length play, and has already gone through workshops in both last year's Moon Dance Theater Festival and Australia's World Interplay Conference. Having already produced more than 25 original works at ASU, Morales is particularly interested in the human side of this play's subject matter.
"It's easy to say we don't give power to or even harbor a darker side; that is, until an opportunity to explore it genuinely comes along. When that power is actually there it's a lot harder to turn away from," Morales explains.
Director Julie Thwaites, too, finds it hard to turn away from such questions. Her previous work includes productions of Patricia Scanlon's "What Is This Everything?" and Paula Vogel's "And Baby Makes Seven," both plays that pay witness to a compromise of innocence when pressure is brought to bear.
Thwaites was immediately drawn to Morales' play because it boldly examines the loss of control that stems from the decline of privacy in our society. Says Thwaites, "We live in an age where technology makes it possible to find countless amounts of information about individuals and where web cams make it possible to enter the home of any willing subject, viewing even the most intimate details of their lives."
"Endless Deep and Closer Still" is the second to the last entry in the Student Production season, which closes with the classic work, "The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus" by Chirstopher Marlowe on April 28-30, 2002.