A student-organized script-in-hand reading of Ryan Scully’s, senior theater major, one act play, “A Thoughtless Wish,” took place for the first time last Friday night in the Fredrickson Theater. More than 30 people attended the reading.
“The main issue I touched on was the controversy with homosexuality and how our culture is against it,” Scully said. “Regardless of who you choose to love, you are still a human being. I have trouble understanding why it is so wrong for two people that love each other to want to be together.”
The play revolves around the relationship of Zak and Evan, a gay teen couple who are unable to make their relationship public for various reasons, including Zak’s abusive father. Cast members said the play seems to be more about abuse than gay relationships.
“It was about abuse,” said Andrew Walker, junior theater major and Zak’s father. “The underlining tone about sexuality sets up the abuse, but abuse, itself… not a lot of people talk about child abuse that much anymore.”
Scully said he has been working on the script for the past two years and is still working on revising it. He said he plans to submit the play to the annual Kennedy Center American College Theatre festival.
The play was rehearsed for two weeks prior to the reading. The event was open to the public and free of charge. As a script-in-hand, cast members sat on orange chairs in front of the audience and read from black binders placed on music stands.
After the reading, there was question and answer session, allowing audience members to provide input.
“I thought his use of language was terrific, but at times I wanted a bit more subtlety with certain characters – the father was one-dimensional,” said Jim Ryan, professor of theatre. “Overall, it was passionately written, many of the scenes were very credible, very honest and there is much about it that I honored.”
Others also had positive opinions of the one-act and of Scully as a playwright.
“I really liked the play. I thought Scully did a good job writing it, the actors did a good job reading it,” said Amanda Devine, senior theater major.
The cast included Noah Mefford, junior theater major and distribution manager for The Bulletin; Danny Reardon, sophomore theater major; Andrew Walker, junior theater major; Cara Lohkamp, junior theater major; and Natalie King, junior theater major.