It’s the start of Auburn University Theatre’s 100th anniversary season.
Eric Overmeyer’s “On the Verge” tells the tale of three Victorian women who take a journey to explore unknown and unchartered territory. Set in 1888, these three women tackle the land of the unknown, also known as “Terra Incognita” in the play, with machetes, water colors and butterfly nets.
“’On the Verge’ is this tale of three women that are traveling with each other through space and this mystical and fantastical world,” Stage Manager Diana Freeberg said. “Throughout the play, they end up discovering that, in addition to traveling through this world, they are traveling through time.”
With time and discovery acting as central themes in “On the Verge,” Freeberg believes that this production is the perfect opener for the theatre’s anniversary year.
“This production is a great example of 100 years,” Freeberg said. “It’s an emphasis on change and time, and it explores how people develop and discover things within themselves and the world.”
Looking back on Auburn University’s first theatrical performance on March 1, 1914, the year will be filled with centennial celebrations for the theatre program’s anniversary.
“We are going to celebrate our 100th anniversary on the 100th year to date of our first performance,” Production Stage Manager Taylor Dyleski said.
Although the theatre has changed locations more than once in the past 100 years, moving from Langdon to the Auburn Chapel and even calling Samford home for a brief period, many aspects of the theatre program have remained the same.
“Our student organization (AU Players) has a lot of non-theatre majors, and anyone can audition for our productions,” Dyleski said.
With auditions taking place before the start of each semester, the best way for students to get involved and keep up to date with audition times is to sign up with AU players and keep up with the Department of Theatre's website.
“Preparations for ‘On the Verge’ actually began before the summer,” Freeberg said. “The cast was decided in May, and we held our first rehearsal on the first day of school.”
“I’m excited for the public to get to see all of the hard work that we’ve put into this show and get to really enjoy this fantastical, mystical land and the beautiful language of the playwright,” Freeberg said.
To buy tickets, visit the Auburn University Theatre Box Office in the front lobby of the Telfair B. Peet Theatre, Tuesday-Friday, from 2-5 p.m.