Auditions to be held Wednesday for student-directed, one-act horror play

Auditions will be held Wednesday, March 27, for a new play written and directed by Pierce Reese-Grimm ’24 of Wautoma, Wisconsin. “Ties that Bind and Break’’ is a one-act play telling a surreal story about two sisters surviving supernatural events in their haunted family home. Auditions will begin at 6 p.m. in Benstead Theatre, C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts.

Reese-Grimm is majoring in business management and economics with a theatre minor. He wrote the play last year as an independent study for his theatre minor and is presenting the play as this year’s only offering in the traditional senior One-Act Play Festival to be presented April 26.

He has enjoyed the performing arts since middle school and has performed in two Once-Act Play festival productions and the full-length play “God of Carnage” at Ripon College. He hopes to go into performing arts management as a career.

He wants to incorporate more horror aspects into his production than typically are seen in college productions. “I want to focus on ensemble acting and incorporate that sort of energy of horror into a play. I’m hoping the audience will enjoy the horror aspect, think about their own interactions with their families and have a different experience than what they might expect from a college production.”

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