Written by Nathan Wertheimer
Sanford, FL – This is a play based on comic satire and drama in the life of modern times. Johann Wilhwelm Mobius, is in a madhouse, haunted by recurring visions of King Solomon. He is kept company by two other quality-deluded scientists; one who thinks he is Einstein, the other who believes he is Newton. Are they, in fact, really mad? You’ll just have to wait and see.
When arriving on Seminole State College property to visit Harriet Theater at the Center for Fine and Performance Arts, you will want to park closest to the Performing and Fine Arts Building. Look for signs direction drivers to the theater. Parking is free. Then look for the G-building, which has a brick exterior. There are multi-able entrances. Once inside the building look for the bright Harriett’s Theatre sign hanging from the ceiling. There is a box office to the right-side of the sign. Play ticket prices are $10 for individuals; $8 for seniors and non-Seminole State students; free for faculty, staff, and currently enrolled Seminole State students.
Here is a list of characters in this play. Doctor Matilda Von Zand, Oscar Rose, Monika Stettler, Police Insepctor Voss, Fau Lina Rose, Adolf-Friedrich, McArthur, Herbert George Beutler, Murillo, Police Doctor, Wilfred-Kaspar, Marta Boll, Johann Wilhem Mobius, Blocher, Uwe Sievers, Guhl, and Jorge-Lucas. Between some of the characters there is a bunch of drama. The main character is Modius. One should note that these are college students that are producing this play. These are not seasoned actors and actresses.
The scene is set in the drawing –room of a villa belonging to the private sanatorium known as Les Cerisiers. The set design was well done. This set was portrayed in the 1960’s. In the middle of the set there is a large couch which some of the action takes place. There are three black wooden doors, which characters come out of these rooms. Inside of these rooms are bedrooms. Off to the left side is a glass French door that is used as a main entrance door.
I had a chance to see the first act of the dress rehearsal on Thursday, February 9, 2017. The first act starts on an afternoon in November. There was a bunch of drama in the first act of this play. The play starts out with a murder of a nurse on the wooden floor of the living area. Then a Police Doctor and Police Inspector come onto the crime scene where the nurse is found dead on the floor.
During the play, one will notice the dramatic lighting when certain scenes that happen. At the end of the first act, Modius strangles the female nurse. The dramatic red lighting hit them both. One can even see the silhouettes of the characters against the wall from the red light. When the lights go out for intermission. There is a fifteen-minute intermission between acts.
During the 15minutes intermission of this theater performance, the Art Gallery admission is free to visit, but they kindly ask for any kind of monetary donation to keep the college art gallery open and running strong.
Some of the props used in this play are an ashtray, cigar and cigar box, wine & a wine glass and an ambulance gurney. Also some of the furniture was used a props too. In one scene Modius turns the coffee table and side tables up side down. At one point in the play, Moduis sits on the upside down side table. This made for a dramatic scene on which Modius went mad. This was one of the exciting scenes.
Overall, I extremely enjoyed this play. I was quite impressed on what I saw. There was never a dull moment in the story line. The cast should be commended for doing a great job. I did not have a chance to see the second act of the play. This dress rehearsal went very smoothly. This is a must see play at SSC. If you have never seen a play at SSC please come on down and catch a play for yourself or family. Ticket prices are very reasonable. The next college play at SSC is entitled Marcus, or the Secret of Sweet.
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