The whisperers

By the time the lights dimmed in the Francis X. Kinahan Third Floor Theater 8 p.m. Wednesday, the cast of but i cd only whisper—professional actor Osiris Khepara, fourth-years E'lana Jordan and Jamil Barton, second-year Jacob Marshall, and first-years Aaron Rodriguez and Tamara Silverleaf—had already spent nearly three hours getting in costume, posing for photos, and running scenes. “Can I go over curtain call with them?” director Tiffany Trent asked stage manager Katherine Greenleaf, ’09, before the house opened. “You have two minutes,” responded Greenleaf as Trent showed the actors where to stand for final applause. Bows practiced, the cast rushed offstage just as the theater doors let in the full-house audience.

"I was always in pieces long as I could remember," recounted black Vietnam vet beau willie brown midway through the play, written by third-year Kristiana Colón. Inspired by Ntozake Shange's for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, the piece chronicles beau's emotional journey as he undergoes a psychological evaluation for a crime revealed to the audience late in the action.

Their scenes played, the cast bowed again—this time to a standing ovation from students, family, and other theatergoers.


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Photos (left to right): E'lana Jordan, '07, as crystal, the mother of beau's children; Jamil Barton, '07, plays beau's best friend, marvin; Aaron Rodriquez, '10, as psychologist drummond, restrains beau (Osiris Khepera) in a closing scene.

Photos by Dan Dry

February 23, 2007