COLUMN: 'And When We Awoke' reignites Kony conversation
If there was a good way to get conversations started in America about the Lord’s Resistence Army and Joseph Kony, then “And When We Awoke There was Light and Light” is it.
It is not a viral video that becomes an instant Facebook photo fad. No, it is a series of privileged, prep school American moments harshly contrasted with the conditions of a young boy trying to stay alive in Uganda.
The bright eyes of drama freshman Gabrielle Reyes, showed her character, Katie’s, hope to make into Harvard, while the quivering bottom lip of Michael Turrentine, drama junior, brought David, the boy who’s hope is to live another day, to life.
The stage was set with a bench, a chair and an array of props that highlight the talent on stage without creating cheesy contrasting worlds. David and Katie’s stories are set side by side on stage for a lot of the scenes letting the audience into their intimate conversations.
Another element that made this play endearing was the group of actors that took on the role of an interactive chorus. They make the instant messenger sounds when Katie and David chat, the Christmas tree and, most adorable of all, they make the snow. They are charming in a play that deals with children being forced to become murderers.
This play was not only well-acted, well-written, well-directed and well-designed, but there is a current, important message that was made without being a YouTube sensation that gets people to blast “KONY 2012” all over the Internet.
The play was written before the video went viral and was held because of the popularity of the video, Kate Koger, the dramaturg for the play, said. This, for audience members that were turned off by the KONY 2012 fad, is a relief. There is no “donate today and receive this bracelet” sign anywhere. This is a play that takes two very relevant worlds and throws them together in a very tasteful and entertaining way.
The lighting, like the set, was nothing fancy, but incredibly powerful. It is reminiscent at one point of the prologue to the novel “Invisible Man,” where lights surround the narrator in order to keep out the darkness.
Audiences can expect to laugh at lines like when Katie is described as being “very Angelina Jolie.” And one of the most memorable lines and what could be the summary of the play was “without light, there is just darkness.”
Westlee Parsons is an English literature senior.