Stuff Happens by David Hare was written in response to the war in Iraq. The playwright describes it as a “history play” that deals with recent history. This was my first production with Burning Coal Theatre. One of the more serious works on my acting resume, Stuff Happens was somewhat of a boot camp and crash course requiring me to learn multiple lengthy monologues as well as dialects including Palestinian, RP (received pronunciation or British) and Russian.
Director Lillian White masterfully staged an artistic and fluid interpretation of a script that is chock full of facts, dates, and recollection in a way that moves and transitions seamlessly from scene to scene. Though she has a strong point of view, White was definitely open to really hearing how we the actors saw and felt about the roles we were to play which made for a wonderful and liberating experience.