The Mesa Community College Theatre Outback will open its doors on Oct. 8 for the first show of the semester, The Overcoat.”This is a show that, I kid you not, every college student here would absolutely love,” play director Kevin Dressler said.
The Overcoat is a story about an aging, struggling office clerk, played by Brock Palmer, who’s primary desire is to replace his old, beaten up overcoat with a new one.
Written in the 1840s by Nikolai Gogol, who is described as the father of modern Russian realism, the play is still relevant in today’s society with themes of alienation, compassion, and materiality.
“I think a lot of people can relate to it because it’s about sacraficing and everyone has to sacrafice at some point , especially in college,” assistant stage manager Sara Morgan said.
Morgan easily related to the main character.
“When you get something that you’ve worked so hard for it just makes you feel like a whole new person and a better person because you’ve sacrificed to get it,” said Morgan.
Morgan continued to say that “The Overcoat is not your ordinary play.” She was referring to the sound effects which are made live and onstage by Dylan Holycross.
The audience gets to see all the sounds effects being made.
The play is also pantomimed and has very few props and a minimal set design “so the actors create your imagination for you,” Morgan said.
The show times are at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 8, 9, and 10 and at 2 p.m. on Oct. 11.
Ticket prices are $10 for students, $12 for faculty, and $15 for the general public.
Those interested in auditioning for the next performance, Blood Wedding, should mark their calendars for Oct. 14 and 15 from 3 – 5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. in room TH2.