This year's student-directed play, Terence McNally's Mothers and Sons, was deftly handled by director Sean Manucha and producer Sarosh Waheed. It played in the lecture theatre for two nights, April 17 and 18.
The play follows the story of Katharine Gerard (Natasha Czegledy), who lost her son Andre to AIDS 20 years beforehand. Katherine visits her late son's partner, Cal (Kumail Nathoo), who has since married Will (Jeremy Cait) and settled down with a child, Bud (Jonah Fleisher). Cal and Katherine attempt to reconcile over the loss of Andre. "It is such a privilege to have been able to perform this play during UCC’s first ever Pride Week, as our cast was very passionate about making our community more inclusive and develop our fellow students’ social awareness," says Manucha. "I’m very pleased with the direction that support for the arts at UCC is headed, and I’m grateful that the community has been responding so positively to changes that have been made over my time at the Upper School."
Nicolas Gonzalez, Faizan Haider and Andrew Morse worked their magic on the technical design; costumes have been designed and organized by Massimo Gionanne and Ben Alberga; and Nick O'Brien was the stage manager.
"The student-directed play has developed into a signature piece of the co-curricular UCC / BSS Theatre season," says Dale Chruchward, director of the co-curricular theatre program. "Students have been bold in their choices of script (Greek tragedies, plays by Beckett, Neil Labute and Sarah Kane), and the 2019 team, in selecting Mothers and Sons, landed on a timely play that first appeared on Broadway five short years ago. The production was emotionally and intellectually gripping, start to finish."