Willamette Theatre features SMASH

Willamette University Theatre presents “SMASH,” Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s novel “An Unsocial Socialist.” A preview performance on Sept. 29 kicks off the production, with shows Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. until Oct. 15; matinees run Oct. 2, 9 and 15 at 2 p.m.

Set in a British women’s college before World War I, “SMASH” romps its way through explorations of love, capitalism and human nature.

“SMASH” takes its title from the main character’s declaration that England has two options, “socialism or smash.” As Hatcher contends, Shaw understood that turmoil ensues from rapid, violent political change, so the play reflects Shaw’s recognition of the need for incrementalism – a series of smaller steps.   

“I chose ‘SMASH’ because there are many roles for college-age actors, and it has wonderful roles for women in particular,” says Susan Coromel, director and professor at Willamette University. “It’s also a challenge for actors because of its intricate, clever language. Student actors will gain a greater understanding of period style and an appreciation for comedy and comic timing.”

The Seattle Weekly calls the play “Cunning, intelligent, and skillful,” further noting, “The author makes you, the audience, feel just as clever as he is. Brilliant writing.”

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