Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Five Questions for Titus O'Neil, Director

Titus at work in the Scene Shop
What got you first interested in theatre?
I don't really know at what point it was official. My brothers would always do skits for our churches Vacation Bible School, so as I got older, I sort of inherited the job of making them. When I was in high school I was in every play I could, but honestly, deciding to go to college for theatre was sort of a random idea. I couldn't think of anything I would really enjoy learning about in great depth. So I just kind of went with it.

What's the most exciting or challenging aspect of directing for you?
I love directing because I love to be able to see characters. I love to see another life. Theatre can be a window to another world or just another life somewhere in the world. So to be able to bring that window to audiences, to allow them to peer through the exact panes that I have been working on, is a fantastic experience.

Which play are you directing and what do you love about the play?
The Opposition by Courtney M. Dunn. This play is so intense, and the actors have really delved into that intensity. I love to look deeper and deeper into characters and their desires and questioning why they want that, and this play has lots of hidden reasons to explore.

What's it like to direct a brand new play?
It is so much cooler than I was anticipating! I was a little leery of what this process was going to be like, but it has been a lot of fun. It is so cool to see all the collaborative work of so many people coming together.

If you were a fruit or vegetable, what would you be? 
I would certainly be a banana. Bananas are often best when they are "overripe but not rotten." Come see the 10-Minute Plays if you don't understand because if you do, then you're probably part of them.

Titus O'Neil is a junior theatre major with an integrated emphasis at Bloomsburg. He was last seen as Gavin in the BUPlayers' production of The Nosemaker's Apprentice, and he can commonly be found scaling the ladders of the Alvina Krause Theatre.

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