written by Loy A. Webb
directed by Cameron Drake
Not every marriage proposal goes as planned. Loy A. Webb’s The Light introduces us to Rashad and Genesis on what should be one of the happiest days of their lives, but their joy quickly unravels when ground-shifting accusations from the past resurface in this gripping two-character drama. Can their relationship survive the growing divide between them over who – and what – to believe? The Light is a reckoning that unfolds in real-time and peels away the layers of truth, doubt, pain, and, ultimately, the power of love.
Lauren Dotson (Genesis) is a second year Creative Writing and CRES major. This is her first performance with University Theater. She’s a part of campus RSOs like UChicago United, #CareNotCops, and the Organization of Black Students. In her free time she likes to read, write, and watch movies with friends. If we’re being honest when she’s not working she’s most likely on Twitter (follow her @laurcherdots). She wants to shout out her family, her friends, her fellow fire signs, the city of Ypsilanti, the state of Delaware, and most of all her older sister Olivia who she loves dearly.
Chimaobi Amanchukwu (Rashad) is a first year computer science major. This is his first play.
Cameron Drake (Director) is a student in the College.
Marissa McCollum (Production Manager) is a student in the College.
Coco Liu (Stage Manager) is a first year tentative Chemistry and Linguistics major. She has previously worked on Love’s Labour’s Lost (Assistant Stage Manager).
Nashatay Crawford (Scenic Designer) is a second year in the College. This is the first production that they have designed for.
Isabel Sethi (Costume Designer) is a first year English and Econ major. She works in the TAPS costume department and her favorite play is The Tempest.
Luke Walker (Props Designer) is a first year Media Arts and Design major. He has previously worked with University Theater as a member of the 36th Generation of Off-Off Campus.
Abigail Starr (Lighting Designer) is a first year prospective Data Science major. She has previously worked on Amazons and Their Men (Assistant Lighting Technician), Guys and Dolls (Spotlight Technician), Urinetown (Assistant Lighting Technician), and The Drowsy Chaperone (Lighting Designer). She is excited and honored to be part of such a wonderful production and team.
Sana Fessuh (Sound Designer) is a student in the College.
Ryan Cairns (Assistant Director) is a first year (tentative) Political Science and TAPS major. In UT, she previously worked on last quarter’s Love’s Labour’s Lost (Assistant Director), and is the admin staff liaison for the UT Committee. She has really loved working on this production and with this team, and hopes to continue her involvement in UT moving forward!
Yifan (Megan) Zhao (Assistant Production Manager) is a student in the College.
Nathalie Lam (Assistant Stage Manager) is a student in the College.
Emily Zen (Assistant Props Designer) is a student in the College.
Cole Meldorf (UT Committee Liaison) is a student in the College.
Silas Coleman (Tech Staff Liaison) is a student in the College.