Spies. Comedy. Action. Romance. This semester’s first school play, Don’t Drink the Water, seems to have it all.
Don’t Drink the Water is a satirical play set during the Cold War. The story revolves around the Hollander family, who due to a crazy misunderstanding, have been accused of being American spies, while visiting a Communist country.
The play is orginally written by Woody Allen, and was first performed on Broadway in 1966. It was later adapted into a theatrical film, and a TV-movie in 1969, and 1994 respectively.
When asked how it was decided to choose this particular play, director Brad Olsen said “It’s a big cast and gets more kids involved. It’s a comedy which is nice to do at the beginning of the semester.” He went on to say, “I think the students would like it just because it’s a lighter piece, there’s lots of energy, and lots of excitement. It’s just a fun show.”
The play is a period piece set in the 1960’s, and given the option to modernize it, Olsen decided instead to stick with the original time setting, saying, “Some shows we do, we update them and change the period. But this one…in the 60’s you can have fun with the costuming.”
When asked which one thing he wanted to say to prospective audience members, Olsen said, “Just come in and sit back and enjoy the show. It’s an opportunity to relax and forget about other things for a couple hours and have an evening of entertainment.” Assistant Stage Manager Dallin Featherstone described the play saying, “It’s hilarious. There’s a lot of slapstick humor. You won’t regret going.”
Featherstone commented further when asked what would draw audiences from the student body “Multiple people get shot in the show. There are guns, and they go off a lot, and there’s also dynamite that explodes. So there’s some action as well.” Both Olsen and Featherstone hinted at romantic influences in the play as well.
In short, Snow College’s production of Don’t Drink the Water promises something for everyone, and is bound to bring audiences laughs, action, intrigue, and much more.
The play will be performed October first through fourth the Eccles building. Admission is $2 for Snow Students with an activity card, $8 for non-student adults, and $7 for seniors, teens, and children.