A dark romance will be coming to Westminster College shortly after spring break. After years of waiting, Michael Vought, theater professor, will be directing the play that initially sparked his love for theater.
The Seahorse is a two-person play written by Edward J. Moore. It is a love story between a fisherman, and a woman who runs a small seaside bar on the California coast.
“They fall madly in love, but they both bring so much baggage to the relationship that they can’t accept each other’s love,” said Vought.
The story is a constant struggle with their pasts that creates an interesting relationship dynamic.
“In this relationship in particular, the man takes more the female role,” said Elizabeth John, stage manager. “It is interesting to see these role reversals.”
In The Seahorse, the fisherman, Harry Bales, dreams of getting married and having children, but the woman, Gertrude Blum, is not able to get over her past.
During Harry’s time on shore, they enjoy a strictly physical relationship, while keeping their longing for something more a secret. Gertrude has recently divorced an abusive husband, been raped, and is still struggling with the loss of her father at a very young age. The play depicts the struggle the two endure in their attempt to overcome the barriers of their pasts and learn to love each other.
The Seahorse at Westminster
“For me it is kind of a special play, it is the play that I first fell in love with the theatre, this is what drew me in,” said Vought. “I have never been able to do The Seahorse because it is a two-person play, and in education theater we need big cast plays to give the students an opportunity to be on stage.”
Vought has come up with a way that will allow the theater department to put it on. He has cast the play with eight students, three males and five females. They have all been learning the entire play and all the lines of their gender’s part.
“Every time you go to rehearsal it is like an acting exercise,” said senior Leslie Kobinsky. “You are watching four other women go up and do the same part that you just did. You are always learning something new”
On the night of the performance, each actor or actress will only perform a small section of the play.
“Every night before the show, they are going to draw numbers,” said John. “They don’t even know what scenes they are going to be doing each night until right before the show.”
The actors playing Harry and Gertrude will be switching off throughout the play so that all eight actors have the opportunity to get on stage. Each night the show will be completely different than the night before.