60/50 Theatre Project creates conversation
When learning about the history of MSU, social issues aren't always the focus. However, the 60/50 Theatre Project emphasizes how diversity, gender equality and other human rights were a big force in how MSU is shaped today.
The series of vignettes presented to the audience a couple times a week at the MSU Auditorium touch on different events in the past, such as the Civil Rights Act and consequences from the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling.
Daniel Smith, co-writer for the play, said when he and co-writer Rob Roznowski, associate professor of acting, were planning for the opening play of the season, they were drawn to a project they'd never done.
“We were really excited about the ideas they pitched to us,” Smith said.
In regards to the issues covered in the play, Smith said it's a way for the audience to engage in an ongoing conversation.
“I think part of the goal is for the audience to see themselves in some way and to reflect on the values of citizenship at MSU,” Smith said. “We hope that the audience will take away an opportunity to enter a conversation.”
For students such as Megan Molloy, getting involved with this unique project was exciting and a way to try something completely new on stage. Molloy was the stage manager for the play.
“The project sounded very interesting to me at the time and I know Michigan State has a very diverse campus,” Molloy said. “Our cast and crew have been really in to and excited about this project. I have never worked with a closer cast before.”
Learn more about other Project 60/50 events on campus.