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Spring Play Takes a Satirical Look at Love and War

Arms and the Man, a comedy by playwright George Bernard Shaw, was performed for the second and final weekend, ending with a sold-out performance on Saturday, April 26.

Continuing this year’s theme of fidelity, Trinity’s theater group chose Shaw’s play, which uses satire to address false notions of love and war. Director John Sebestyen, assistant professor of communication arts, emphasized the relevance of this important theme:

“Through our exposure to the characters in this play, we can examine how to make wise choices in our commitments. To people. To causes. To tasks and duties.”

The play is set in 1885 during the war between Serbia and Bulgaria and follows the story of a love triangle between Raina; Sergius, Bulgaria’s war hero; and Bluntschli, a Serbian solider.

The cast of Trinity actors included:

Raina – Rachel Dlugopolski ’10 of Cabot, Pennsylvania
Catherine – Rosalia Portillo ’09 of Aurora, Illinois
Louka – Joannah Lodico ’09 of Midland, Michigan
Officer – Zach Vis ’10 of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
Bluntschli – Mike Merlino ’11 of Holland, Michigan
Nicola – Ian Adema ’09 of Lawrence, Kansas
Paul Petkoff – Jake Szafranski ’09 of Avon, Ohio
Sergius Saranoff – Scott Grigonis ’09 of Birch Run, Michigan

Vis commented on his involvement. “This is a quality play. Though I have a small role, it is great getting to know everyone else on this cast.”

In addition to cast members, twenty students worked behind the scenes.

Brooke Wilson ’08 of Wyoming, Michigan, enjoyed her role as the production assistant. “I’ve enjoyed more of what goes on behind the scenes and have had the chance to see the actors develop into their characters. I absolutely loved every minute of it.”

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