Interview with Afreen Gandhi

Jackie Leahy ’14
Associate Editor


Afreen Gandhi ’15 urges you to come to the Directing I showcase of ten-minute plays.


Are the plays all different? Yes, there are eleven different ten minute plays.


Are the actors all Smithies? Yes, all the actors are Smithies, though we even had five college students auditioning and two of the student directors are five college students.


How is it a challenge to direct these plays?

The biggest challenge I think we face is being a student and directing one’s peers. Suddenly you are the sole person telling other students your age exactly what to do and that can get complicated, sometimes. We also have very limited resources, so we have to envision and implement something that is relatively simple to put together, but complex in terms of content and drama. We have very limited resources to work with and it is all an experiment, which leads to a finished product after a month of rehearsals.


What makes these plays fun to watch?

In one evening, you can be exposed to plays from a wide variety of genres. In these plays, you can find surrealism, realism, romanticism, comedy, tragedy etc. and they are a select of some of the best historical and modern playwrights.


Tell me about the work that went in to producing these plays. 

These plays do not cost anyone a single dollar. A lot of hard work goes into producing them but they are inexpensive. We do all the publicity, recruit a student lighting designer and stage manager and as directors we do the set design and costume and sound design.


What separates the experience of a full play from the experience of a ten-minute one?

One of the remarkable things that I realize is that for a ten-minute play you can be the director, designer and producer single handedly. You can also have a one-hour rehearsal and begin with a full run, do scene work and then end with a full run of your show, which is not possible to do successfully with a full length play.


How are you involved with the plays?

I am a Theater major focusing on directing and, interestingly enough, for this class, I am directing a play about two struggling theater artistes- a playwright and an actress who live in studio apartment in New York.


Why should Smithies come see them?

These plays are fun and easy to digest. The best part is that they are just ten minutes so you are never bored. Smithies should come support student work and see what the “final exam” of an aspiring student director can look like on stage.

Where/when is the show?




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