Josh Wilde isn’t a real person, even though you can find his profile on Facebook. Neither is Mary Margaret Matthews. But you will find them both onstage starting Thursday night at the Howard Fox Theatre at Montclair State as characters in dis CONNECT, a student-written show that’s all about the crazy technological world we live in.
Setting up profile pages for their characters is just one of the innovative things about this year’s senior project in MSU’s B.A. Theater Studies program. The actors will have their cellphones with them onstage. They’ll text and IM on a “God screen” projection at the back of the stage, and ask questions of the audience. Themes include online bullying, online dating, cyber role-playing and the way technology changes families.
Katie Pearl started working with the cast in September to create the project. Jeremy Bloom, whose previous credits include an assistant directing job on Pee Wee Herman on Broadway, has stepped into the role of directing the show for the past month. Amanda Schott assistant directs and Danielle Bush gets costume design credit. Both are graduating Theatre Studies majors.
Dis CONNECT runs every day from Thursday April 14 through Thursday April 21, with most performances at 7:30 p.m. Check the schedule and buy tickets here.