University of Kentucky Theater Department Chair Nancy Jones introduces retired theater professor James W. Rodgers and playwright Andrew Shafer before the world premier performance of Shafer's Weak/Side/Help, which won the Rodgers Playwriting Competition. Copyrighted LexGo photo by Rich Copley.
Before the world premier of his new play, Weak/Side/Help, playwright Andrew Shafer sat down with University of Kentucky Theater Department Chair Nancy Jones to discuss his show, which won the second James W. Rodgers Playwriting Competition. In the chat, before a group of invited guests at UK's Briggs Theatre, Shafer's comments concentrated on his desire to be a new voice in the theater world.
"I want to completely revolutionize theater," Shafer said. "That may sound arrogant, but if you are not there to totally push the form, I don't see why you are there."
His play, which continues Thursday (April 17) through Sunday (April 20) at UK's Guignol Theatre,certainly brings some topics to the table that don't get discussed a lot in the theater: America's obsession with sports and issues in the sporting world such as performance enhancing drugs and racism.