MBU Theatre’s Unfix the Stars is like no play that has come before it.
It distinctly captures the current moment in time through its story and characters, and through the way it’s made.
“I began the process with a kind of scenario — a premise about a situation that the other student collaborators could find open enough to engage with and expand,” said Brian Granger, assistant professor of theatre, who is leading the production. “But everything else — from the naming of characters to deciding on the plot threads of the characters — has come about from collaborative group imagining.”
Unfix the Stars is an original work that Granger and MBU students have created together in real time. Both the staging and the story itself occur over Zoom. The play’s characters wrestle with timely challenges from the pandemic to racial violence.
“It gives students an opportunity to work on the frontier of online theatre in a year in which the need for this kind of theater has never been more apparent,” said assistant director Keith Taylor ’21, MLitt ’22.