Round House’s 18th annual Sarah Metzger Memorial Play presents two coming-of-age one acts by two celebrated playwrights, creating a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience. In Nick Gandiello’s How The Moon Would Talk, a group of high schoolers grapples with questions of loss and grief, seeking connection and meaning in a seemingly random universe. Naomi Iizuka’s Freak weaves a tale of exclusion and othering, using an Ancient Greek myth to address urgent contemporary themes. With eloquence and empathy, these two one-acts depict the triumphs and tragedies of being young in a broken world, and trying to put the pieces back together.
The Round House Theatre Teen Performance Company is a pre-professional program for the next generation of theatre artists. Round House gathers the region’s most creative young theatre artists and provides mentorship to them as they work on a play at our theatre. Selected students shadow productions on the Round House stage, attend events and master classes with Round House company members, and work closely with professional artists and practitioners at every step of the process.
The program culminates in The Sarah Metzger Memorial Play, which is directed, designed, stage managed, and performed by high school students. The Sarah Play Metzger Memorial Play was established by the Metzger family and friends to celebrate the memory of Sarah Metzger, an inspiring and active member of the theatre community, who was killed in an automobile accident during her freshman year of college.