“Blood, sweat and tears,” talking with theatre majors about Mr. Kolpert

Feature Image: Costume Design for Mr. Kolpert by Issy Kelsey

The upcoming production Mr. Kolpert by David Gieselmann involves the participation of our Theatre major seniors. We get a chance to have them share their senior projects and sentiments towards this production.
“I’m playing Sarah in Mr. Kolpert for my senior project. Working closely with such a small cast has been a new, rewarding experience for me, and now that we’re starting to bring in more technical elements, the show is really taking shape. We have an incredible set, and there are several special effects essential to the play that we’ve been able to add thanks to guest artist Seren Helday. Not to give anything away, but I’m hoping audience members will be shocked by how realistic it looks. As in any show, the audience and our relationship to them will be crucial. Kolpert is both hilarious and disturbing, and I hope we can bring the audience along with us on this ride.” – Kristina Roy
“From day one of my senior project as stage manager and fight captain of Mr. Kolpert, I knew I was in for a ride. The script itself, while only 51 pages long, is full to the brim with captivating dialogue, action, and a darker sense of humor. All of which I’ve spent countless hours watching come to life in our theater. As both the stage manager and fight captain I’ve had the wonderful experience of being able to work a lot with the actors and have helped craft a couple of intense moments on stage. Working on this show as a whole has required a lot of blood, sweat, and tears – although most of that happens in context on stage rather than from me or my crew. While it has not been a walk in the park, I have enjoyed working with all of the designers, actors, and crew. I look forward to bringing in an audience to experience the madness that we have spent the last couple months cultivating.” – Teal Kurnie


Mr.Kolpert at Harper Joy Theatre– Oct. 19-22 & 27-28, 2017 
Ralph and Sarah invite Edith and Bastian over for a dinner party. To keep things lively, Ralph pretends there is a dead body in the trunk, but maybe Ralph is not pretending at all. Mr. Kolpert combines the absurdity of Harold Pinter, the suspense of Alfred Hitchcock, and the blood of Quentin Tarantino, providing an utterly ridiculous evening that falls somewhere between the comic and the macabre.
Come join us on this journey by getting your tickets on https://www.whitman.edu/HJT. See you!