The Container: Was I supposed to be made so unhappy?

In this model of the production, the small audience is locked inside the same shipping container as the characters presenting the performance. This immersive experience cannot be replicated through observing online and certainly not on a stage. However, they still are able to tell a story of migrants from across the Muslim World highlighting the social struggles that divide them.

Each of the primary characters come from different nationalities unified in a desire to smuggle themselves to England and settle there in an adoptive state. However, cultures of misogyny and ethnic divisions set them against each other unable to properly align and in constant suspicion of others in the group. It is a pessimistic story that suggests futility in a modern migrant’s plight as by the end, there is no reconciliation nor hope but a frank agreement to continue to distrust everyone they encounter.

The intimacy of the setting, the sweat and smells, are uncapturable. I do not envy the position of the characters but I do envy the audience who could experience the show as intended. The digital presentation of the performance chose to engage in closeups like a dramatic film. However, I do think this was to the play’s detriment. In a film, cinematography is a careful art as whatever you are not filming will not be shown and being able to watch the background and other characters as scenes unfold is something I enjoy to do and value.

My mother prepared an excellent soup for dinner today. I treasure being able to enjoy it with the rest of my family.

I’ve kept this postcard on my closet since my freshman year. It’s an apocryphal quote, but a fun one to me!

Sincerely,

Jacob M Rominger

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