Student-written, student-run play opens Tuesday


Alyssa Fox, freshman theatre studies major; Kristina Lee, freshman communication studies major; Cecilia Tolbert, sophomore theatre studies major; Stephanie Ferrebee, freshman theatre studies major; and Daniel Sutton, sophomore theatre studies major, rehearse for “Love Without a Face” Monday. The show is completely collaborative, meaning that the show had no director, and all those involved had equal input. “When someone had an idea, we went with it,” said Steve Meshenberg, the show’s playwright. “Love Without a Face” runs Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Wednesday at 12 p.m. in the Roe Green Center’s Erdmann-Zucchero Theatre. Photo by Sam Verbuecz.

Brooke Bower

A collaborative, student-produced play opens Tuesday night that follows a man’s challenges with personal relationships because of an uncommon disorder.

The doors for “Love Without a Face” open at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday for the 7 p.m. performance in the Roe Green Center’s Erdmann-Zucchero Theatre (black box theatre). Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for the second performance Wednesday at 12 p.m. The show is free, and seats are first come, first serve.

Steve Meshenberg, senior theatre studies major, wrote the play in three weeks about a man with prosopagnosia, a disease that doesn’t allow a person to recognize or remember people’s faces. The play will follow the man’s relationships; especially the one with a woman he thinks is his girlfriend. Meshenberg said the idea came from listening to a radio interview with a man who has the disease.

More than 25 people have volunteered to help put the play together.

“Everyone got together and threw out ideas and tried some of them until we all agreed on how it would go,” Meshenberg said.

Meshenberg said he personally knew a few of the play’s designers beforehand, but most of the team came from informal auditions. Many of the students involved are freshmen and sophomores who are taking part in a Kent State production for the first time. In addition to the team, the group has had many outside suggestions from people interested in the production.

Meshenberg said he wants the audience to reconsider viewing relationships in a normal sense, and he wants to make them think about their own relationships. He would like to have a discussion with the audience after the performance; he wants viewers to be able to voice their opinions talk with the cast and crew.

“I want to get the audience’s take on the play,” Meshenberg said. “I want to have a discussion and collaborate with them as well.”

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