Christa Knight, an ISU English major, looks at a photo by Lane Arte called "Lines." Area high school students participated in the T.E.A.M. Exhibition at Milner Library Tuesday, Nov. 13. The exhibit runs through Dec. 14 and allows students to present their work while demostrating their personal relections as inspired by themes of contemporary artists such as Melanie Schiff. (Photo by Nicole Nisbett / Staff Photographer)
Audiences at ISU will be treated to a lavish menu of theatre productions this fall, including a modern take on Homer’s “Odyssey”, one of Bertolt Brecht’s most celebrated plays and the sparkling British comedy, “Noises Off.” Anon(ymous) kicks off the season. Written by Naomi Iizuka and aimed at younger audiences, this channels Homer’s “Odyssey” with the story of a nameless refugee from Southeast Asia searching for his family in America.
Kadeem Kamal has been writing poetry since he was a young boy. He never read any of his work out loud to others, but once he came to ISU, he was ready to share his talent with others.The first time Kadeem performed in front of his peers was last year when he was a freshman. The expierece was nerve-racking, his hands and palms sweaty; he felt like his stomach was in knots, but he knew he wanted to get on stage. Once there, he froze, staring at the microphone. Then, after gazing at the audience, he closed his eyes.
Brimming with excitement, ISU’s School of Theatre senior Dustin Rothbart (above at left) smiles warmly as he invites me into his room. “My mind’s in a million places right now,” he confesses. “I’ve been so busy; I barely find a moment to myself. But that’s the life of an actor!” I start my voice recorder and frantically write notes, trying desperately to keep up as he hurtles through his thoughts at five hundred miles per hour.