11/21/13 ASHLAND, Ohio – Scott Hudson, assistant professor of theatre at Ashland University, recently traveled to New York City to set in motion “Boiling Point,” a play being written and performed by members of Hudson’s LAByrinth Theater Company.
LAByrinth Theater is a company consisting of 120 members, including Hudson and a number of well-known artists including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stephen Adly Guirgis, John Patrick Shanley, Ethan Hawke, Ellen Burstyn, Sam Rockwell and Chris Rock.
Hudson said that Robert Glaudini, known for the stage and screenplay “Jack Goes Boating,” wrote the play consisting of 10 members.
“It is a broad comedic love story with a few original songs and some well-known ones that have been deconstructed,” Hudson said. “The playwright wanted to write something tailored for our sense of humor and the way we joke with one another. The play is a derivative of the comedia del arte characters and physical jokes.”
Hudson’s role in the play includes learning the song Volare in Italian, Cucucrrucuc Polamo in Spanish as well as having to learn these songs on the ukulele.
“I am not musically inclined,” Hudson stated. “(AU) Professor Stephanie Sikora has been helping me with the Italian pronunciations and other parts of the music. I’m also taking ukulele lessons from Mike’s Corner Music Store on Main Street.”
Play members who work shopped along with Hudson this weekend were Elizabeth Rodrigues (Tony nominee “The Mother _____ With the Hat” and Netfilix’s “Orange Is the New Black”), Daphne Ruben-Vega (Tony nominee “Anna and the Tropics” and “Rent”), and Max Casella (Drama Desk nominee “The Lion King” and ABC’s “Doogie Houser, M.D.”).
The Labyrinth Theater Company is a diverse group of 120 artists who push each other to work in all areas of the dramatic arts: acting, directing and writing. They are a prolific ensemble of 22 years, and have had plays produced off-Broadway, Broadway, regionally and internationally.
Hudson will return to New York City during spring break to do a weeklong workshop of the play, which is in consideration for a summer 2014 LAByrinth production.
Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###