The Blue Room explores questions of intimacy and connection

Trevor York and Molly Hamnant rehearse the intimate scene between The Cab Driver and The Au Pair. Photo courtesy of the Maryville College chapter of Alpha Psi Omega.
Trevor York and Molly Hamnant rehearse the intimate scene between The Cab Driver and The Au Pair. Photo courtesy of the Maryville College chapter of Alpha Psi Omega.

    The Blue Room opened with the sounds of a busy street. While the simple set left much to the imagination, most of the attention was focused primarily on the interaction between actors. I feel that much of the audience, including myself, was surprised to realize that the play was about a lot more than sex.

    The show brought up many questions, such as “What does sex really mean to people?” and “Are connections formed by intimacy, or does intimacy form connections?”

    The story was brought to life by four very talented actors: Lenny Lively, Molly Hamnant, Claire Palmer and Trevor York, who each held multiple roles.

    Unique character dynamics such as a model and a politician lead the audience to question what it truly means to find a connection.

    Many of the stories within the play were interwoven and connected while the characters were caught in the middle of multiple affairs. Each new scene began to piece together a bigger picture than what I once imagined.

    The play was not just about sex. It carried a much deeper meaning that was shown though a variety of scenarios. Each individual character came to life through their interactions with other characters and through sexual endeavors.

    The development of each character throughout each individual plot began to tell another story about questions regarding human experience and interaction. The play was not only character-driven but emotion-driven.

    Anyone who came and saw The Blue Room was able to relate with each and every character on that stage. This drove an even deeper message into the heart of the audience: What sometime feels like it can not be spoken is laid out in the open, literally and physically.

     Leaving the play led to even further discussion of the subject matter, which I assume, was common for most of the audience. I feel that the play allowed people to openly begin to discuss and communicate emotions that are related to sex, which is necessary for any sort of healthy connection.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.