Priest Wine: A director's debut
Will there be violence? Yes. Will there be dancing? Yes. Will there be
nudity? Sort of.
Priest Wine, a compilation of three original one act plays written and
directed by Scott McCabe '02, bursts upon the public stage and gives audiences
a peek into the world of the "unconventional." McCabe promises
an "absurd look at family
a little bit of humor, a dash of drama,
and a couple of tears."
The play is the result of an independent study in theater and was advised
primarily by Gretchen Berg, Adjunct Lecturer in Theatre Performance. Berg
commented that McCabe has "synthesized his understanding of
elements in an extremely personal and off beat hour of theater."
She added that she couldn't wait for the performances and said, "I
respect his process and adore his point of view."
Inspired by an evening when McCabe's "roommate wound up in a leotard,"
the piece of work was originally entitled Priest Wine and How We Got My
280 lb Roommate into a Leotard. For purposes of clarity, however, the
title was shortened to Priest Wine.
The cast of four men and four women is a mix of "goofballs"
and "veterans of the Bowdoin stage." Although this combination
was somewhat challenging for first-time director McCabe, it also proved
interesting and, at times, amusing. Ben Vandivier '02, who plays the patriarchal
figure in two of the segments, described the cast as "daring."
Not having been on stage as an actor since eighth grade, Vandivier appreciated
the chance that the play gave him to "break down social constraints."
He found the whole experience "cathartic" in that it liberated
him from his preconceptions about acceptable public behavior. As a rookie
actor, he was forced to learn how to immerse himself in a character and
let go of modesty and reserve.
Although the director takes himself seriously, he inserted a unique visual teaser into each of the three segments. In each one act, there will be some form of a visual representation of Superman-in the shape of anything from a pose to a symbol of this comic book hero. "It's kind of like Where's Waldo," said McCabe. The director also said there is no specific significance to the Superman aspect of the play besides the fact that Superman was the first comic book he read. However, the absurdity of the Superman bit seems appropriate considering the eccentric nature of the director and writer of this piece of work.
At many moments during the interview McCabe seemed, ironically, at a
loss for words. One could only conclude from his silences that the play
is so fantastically avant-garde that it is indescribable. Not wanting
to reveal too much about his play, McCabe cryptically informed the public
that "no one can be told what Priest Wine is--you have to see it
The play will be performed at Wish Theater at 7:00 p.m. on November 1, 2, and 3.