THE BONN STUDIO THEATRE — Every aspiring artist struggles with the elusive beast that is creativity. Where do great ideas come from? How do we wield them and shape them into fully formed movies, paintings, novels? These were exactly the questions going through Seymour Bush’s (MCAS ’21) mind as he began to devise his most ambitious project yet: writing and directing one of the student productions for the spring theater season. He was in the middle of watching the hit movie Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1989) when suddenly it hit him: “What if I were to write a play where I shrink Spring Break?”
Not even Seymour could have predicted what would happen in the coming months as he went through the process of finishing the script and thinking about how he would promote the play. “Student engagement is really down this semester, so I was struggling with ideas about how to get people interested,” Seymour reflected. “I knew I needed to do something big if anyone was going to notice. I ended up going into Father Leahy’s office and talking to him about the whole dilemma. Finally, I asked, ‘Hey, can I just gut our real Spring Break and obliterate the mental health of the entire student body for some kind of sick, Narcissus-level self-interested promotional scheme?’ To my surprise, he immediately agreed with no resistance or pushback, and Spring Wednesday was born!”
When asked why he agreed so readily to what was clearly a poorly thought out, obscenely egotistical gesture, Leahy responded candidly, “Well, to be completely honest, I’m deeply uncomfortable with confrontation, and I can’t really say no to anyone. And in my defense, the young man was clearly deranged, so I feared that if I refused him he would beat me like a bongo.”
Though most of the student body has seemed to accept this year’s Spring Wednesday in a limping stride, one unnamed undergraduate was arrested earlier this year for taking a Greyhound bus to New York City and sucker-punching Rick Moranis, even though he has no relationship with the play. As of the publishing of this article one day before opening night, Robsham’s box office reports having sold three tickets, a figure they report as being “statistically a pretty good turnout.” Rick Moranis could not be reached for comment (deceased).