Exploring the boundaries of love: DSU to present 'The Shape of Things'Four college students explore relationships and a willingness to do things for love in the upcoming production of “The Shape of Things” at Dickinson State University.
By: Linda Sailer, The Dickinson Press
Four college students explore relationships and a willingness to do things for love in the upcoming production of “The Shape of Things” at Dickinson State University.
“It’s relatable to any college campus,” Director Lydia Dworshak said. “There’s humor — it’s about love and individuality and the fine lines therein.”
When Adam Sorenson, an English literature major in a Midwestern college, meets Evelyn Ann Thompson, a graduate art student, life takes an unexpected turn. He is flattered when Evelyn shows an interest in him and, at her suggestion, begins an exercise regimen, eats healthier foods and dresses more stylishly. These initial changes are well received by Adam’s friend, Phillip and Phillip’s girlfriend, Jenny. Later however, Evelyn cajoles Adam into undergoing plastic surgery and succeeds in persuading him to cut himself off from Phillip and Jenny.
Adam learns of her motives, but how far is he willing to go for love — what price is he willing to pay?
The cast includes Jordan Mork as Evelyn, Jesse Kilwein as Adam, Betsy Devero as Jenny and Tim Rosin as Phillip.
Mork describes Evelyn as an artist, first and foremost.
“She has a mysterious tone about her, but you can’t help but fall in love with her,” Mork said.
Playing the role of Evelyn has been a challenge, she said.
“I’ve played a fair share of characters, but this one I couldn’t see immediately where she’s coming from.”
Mork is a senior nursing student, but considers theater as her break from reality.
“I hope everybody comes to the show,” she added.
Dworshak said the cast has worked together in previous productions.
“There’s really good chemistry between the four of them. Their relationships are very believable because these four have friendships off stage.”
The play is the third that Dworshak has directed on campus. She is the director of residential life at DSU and a theater alumni.
“I’m fortunate to be able to be part of this awesome creative team we have now,” she said.
“You almost feel it’s a private viewing every time,” she said.
Assisting with the production are Jarvis Jahner, set design; Kia Hartman-Judson, costumes; Lauren Soderberg, stage manager and Nathan Amberg, lighting design.
The performances are in the Backstage Theater, which is set behind the stage curtains of May Hall.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, then again Dec. 5, 6, 7, and 8. Ticket prices are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors ages 62 and older and students. Due to adult subject matter, it is not recommended for children. For tickets, call 701-483-2154 or visit May Hall Room 207 weekday afternoons.