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‘Animals Out of Paper’ debuts at LCC

‘Animals Out of Paper’ debuts at LCC

Sarah Spohn
A&E Editor 

The Black Box Theatre holds just 100 seats and often houses actors in a personal, intimate manner. And what’s more intimate than a cast of just three actors?

The first fall 2014 production by LCC Performing Arts Department will be “Animals Out of Paper,” written by Rajiv Joseph.

The play, directed by Deb Keller, depicts life’s bends, creases and folds that ultimately affect its three main characters, Ilana, Suresh and Andy.

Ilana, played by theater major Monica Tanner, is a 43-year-old origami artist and recent divorcee.

Tanner spoke about her character’s newfound troubles.

“She’s going through a pretty severe bout of depression at the beginning of the play,” Tanner said. “And she has, pretty much because of her depression, stopped doing origami.”

LCC theater major Michael Boxleitner plays Andy, a high school calculus teacher.

“He’s very naïve in things about the world,” Boxleitner said, of his 45-year-old character. “With Andy’s character, it’s almost as if you get to witness his great pain in his life. His big one happens in the show.”

Pain is what the play is about, and how those pains can leave dents in people, much like the folds of origami. But the cast argued the play is about much more than just pain, or plain paper.

“The title, you can take it very literally,” Boxleitner said. “Animals out of paper, you can say, ‘Oh, it’s about origami.’ But it shows in a very metaphorical way … that all humans have these animalistic instincts.

“The show also shows that all human beings are as fragile as paper. Every big milestone in someone’s life is almost like making a crease in a paper to fold origami.

“Once you make that fold, it can’t be undone. You can try to smooth it out, in the end it will still be there,” Boxleitner said.

Those pains, and those past experiences help to shape a person, and the play reflects that.

“I think it’s kind of like how pain can morph a person, and that’s where the metaphor for the origami kind of comes in,” Tanner said.

The small, intimate cast of three is enthusiastic about the upcoming play. Cast members say anyone human can relate to “Animals Out of Paper.”

“It’s also a very raw look at human interaction,” Tanner said, “and how we interact with each other as we’re wounded. It’s very unique.”

While the play can speak to anyone, the conversations spoken are that of adult nature, and therefore the recommended audience is ages 13 and up.

Tickets are sold at the door, Black Box Theatre, GB 168. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for general public. “Animals Out of Paper” runs Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3-4 and 10-11 at 8 p.m.

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