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FACULTY Marilyn Plotkins



Our Own Bright Lights

The passionate professionals who make the Theatre Department shine “It is thrilling to launch things,” says Marilyn Plotkins, chair of the Theatre Department. “I love getting something started and seeing it take wing.” Plotkins’s nurturing efforts have had impressive results both within and outside the University. The Boston Music Theatre Project (BMTP), which she founded in 1987, has become a breeding ground for musical theatre stagings. In 2006, BMTP produced Crossing Brooklyn, conceived and developed with Suffolk students in mind, and in 2009 staged Blood Wedding, a bilingual adaptation by Melinda Lopez, award-winning playwright and assistant professor in the Theatre Department. See story on page 68. “It was wonderful to be able to bring so many of our gifted students together with Melinda’s elegant and immediate translation, and composer Claudio Ragazzi’s fusion flamenco score,” Plotkins says. This year she was nominated once again for the Student Government Association’s Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award and is overseeing renovations on the Modern Theatre, scheduled to open in fall 2010. The 180-seat theater will be cradled in the newly expanded West Street dormi-



tories on lower Washington Street, a block away from the Opera House. The building will become a state-of-the-art, multi-use cultural center, and the renovations will honor its history in the center of Boston’s Theater District. Actor, writer, director and associate professor Wesley Savick has mastered the art of multitasking. In addition to seeing a production of his play, Miss Margaret LaRue in Milwaukee, performed at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Savick directed Einstein’s Dreams for the World Science Festival in New York. He acted in a 10-minute play produced by the Drama League of New York and produced a play for his own theater company, the National Theatre of Allston, with Suffolk students and alumni. “This has been one of the busiest years I’ve ever had,” says Savick. “When I looked back, I discovered that I wrote or participated in 20 projects over the last year.” He says he is proudest of the work he’s done with undergraduates. “The students have been remarkably open to plays that involve political engagement and have an avant garde feel,” he says. “Their work has taught me.”

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