by Sutter Sharp
Just about everyone knows who Theatre Director Dan Green is. He is the iconic, sometimes sarcastic, smart and witty theater teacher.
You might know him from your English, speech or theater class.
What you might not know is how hard Green works at his job directing the theater program.
On top of his duties as a teacher and grading papers, Green always directs the fall and spring productions.
Last year in the spring, students performed “Macbeth” which was a huge success and required a lot of hard work
This fall he is directing the play “George Washington Slept Here.”
When asked why he chose to do this play, he immediately said it was because he loved the writers of the play, Moss Hart and George Kaufman.
The theatre department has performed two other plays by these writers: “The Man Who Came To Dinner” and “You Can’t Take It With You,” both of which were hits for their laugh-out-loud moments.
The play is about a man named Newton Fuller, who decides to buy “a little place in the country to call his own.”
He buys a windowless, waterless and almost roofless house that, according to rumor, is where George Washington slept.
Many problems emerge such as the search for water, quarrels with the neighbors and the invasions of the weekend guests.
The play features wacky characters and difficult yet amusing situations.
When junior Chris Patton, who plays the role of Mr. Kimber, was asked what most excited him about it, he smiled and said, “It will be really funny.”
Patton has been in four other school productions. He realized that he enjoyed acting when he was in the sixth grade.
His favorite thing about theater is simply the people. He enjoys hanging out with his friends, many of which he has made through participating in performances.
Besides Green and all the actors, there are many other people who are involved in helping out with this production.
Chaplain Rev. Jim Murphy, C.S.B. is the assistant director, and senior Eric Larson is the student assistant director.
Kevin Sheil, Buddy O’Connor and Steve Green, who are all alumni, are helping out with the production as well.
“We get all these people from different walks of life coming together to accomplish a certain goal,” Green said. “I get the rugby players, the valedictorians and the ones who know [Dean of Students Mike] McConnell the best.”
The play is sure to be a success and will be performed this Friday, Oct. 14, Saturday Oct. 15, and Sunday, Oct. 16 in Cemo.