Mint
Nov. 30-Dec. 3 , 2006
Written by Randy Wyatt
Directed by Paul J. Hustoles
Scenic Design by Philip C. Warren
Lighting Design by Jake Yenish
Costume Design by Britt Katuin


Howard (Ben Olthafer, left) must comfort Charlie (Joey Ford) after his father dies and sends their lives into chaos.


When Charlie's aunt, Sheralyn (Claire Lloyd) find out that Howard (Ben Olthafer) is Charlie's boyfriend, she becomes defensive.


Charlie (Joey Ford, right) has inherited his green thumb from his father, Martin (Luke Katuin). Charlie's choice of plants, however, is more mainstream—and legal—than his father's was.


Her husband's death puts Bethany (Heather Ann Folsom, foreground) into a tailspin that takes all of Sheralyn's (Claire Lloyd) patience and understanding.


Charlie (Joey Ford, left) orders his aunt (Claire Lloyd) out of his bedroom.


Charlie (Joey Ford) finds respite from life with his mint plants.

Playwright Randy Wyatt is a spring 2006 graduate of the department's MFA in Theatre Arts program. This play was honored at the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in January 2006 and will be presented at Festival in January 2007.

On the day of his father's funeral, Charlie finds himself moving back into his mother's house to save money for school--at the same time as his devout Aunt Sheralynn decides to move in to "minister" to the family. A play about learning to allow each other to grow, and about the strength we find in unexpected places.

 

Photos by Mike Lagerquist