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CDS Theater One-Act class presents "A Good Man's Job"
Posted 11/02/2017 09:33AM

The Carolina Day School Theatre One-Act class presents “A Good Man’s Job”

Student-written-and-performed one-act will show November 9, 16.

A good job is hard to find, but what happens when your job isn’t what it seems? Find out on November 9 and 16 when the Carolina Day School Theatre One-Act class presents “A Good Man’s Job,” a one-act play written by Zoë Eshan ’18 and performed by the students of the Theatre One-Act class. The performance is directed and designed by David Dvorscak, with costumes by Nitara Kittles ’18.

In a universe perpendicular to our own young Egon Albrecht gets a promotion to a comfortable new job. It’s simple and straightforward – press the blue button when the orange light comes on, press the red button when the green light comes on and wait for the cycle to repeat. But things aren’t always as they seem and Egon comes to face the reality of the job he actually does.

On Saturday, November 4, the Carolina Day School One-Act class gave the premiere performance of “A Good Man’s Job” at The North Carolina Theatre Conference Annual One-Act Festival. At the awards ceremony that evening, the judges bestowed the following awards:                                      

  • Excellence in Playwriting to Zoë Eshan
  • Excellence in Costume Design to Nitara Kittles
  • Excellence in Acting to Colton Browder

Now CDS is bringing the show to the community, with two opportunities to experience this compelling piece of theatre: Thursday, November 9 and Thursday, November 16. Both performances begin at 7:05 p.m. in the Upper School Auditorium. The show runs approximately 45 minutes. Seating is limited and admission is free, but donations to offset the cost of the production will be gratefully accepted. Note: this show is not suitable for young children.

For more information about Carolina Day School and its theater program, call 828-274-0757 or visit carolinaday.org.


Zoë Eshan ’18

Image: Zoë Eshan ’18

Q&A with Zoë Eshan

We caught up with Zoë Eshan, a senior at Carolina Day School and the writer of “A Good Man’s Job,” for a Q&A.

Q: What gave you the idea for "A Good Man's Job"?

A: The idea actually wandered into my head over two summers ago. I was just thinking about how people (including myself, most likely) can justify so much in their minds just to maintain their unwavering belief that they are innately good people. I didn't start actually writing anything down until spring of last year before basically rewriting the entire story over the summer. Since then, the idea has developed quite a bit and morphed into the final script with the help from Ms. White and Mr. Dvorscak.

Q: Is it the first thing you've written? If not, tell us about another.

A: No, this isn't the first thing I've written. I write a lot. Everything from poetry to prose to short stories to graphic novels. I wrote my first complete play (more than just some scenes) last year in the fall and we actually read it in the one-act class. Going into the reading I didn't think of the play as particularly bad but after hearing it aloud I felt terrible about it. I wasn't used to writing in a style that lends to being read aloud, and needless to say, I was not too proud of my first attempt. Thinking about it now, I can see that I wrote my first play for myself, in the way that the story means a great deal to me but not much to anyone else who might read it. That, so far, is the key difference in writing plays versus any other type of writing. Plays are meant to be seen and understood on a personal level by the audience so you can't get away with as much because you give the play to the actors who interpret it for the audience. You don't get to 'play god' like you do in normal writing. I kept this in mind when writing my second attempt, "A Good Man's Job", and I'm pretty proud of the result.

Q: How does it feel to be part of the CDS theatre department?

A: The CDS theater department is, as I would like to think, unique to other theater departments. Theater at CDS draws a crowd that often don't fit into the "theater kid stereotype" at all. This year especially. Everyone in the company is involved in so many different activities and forms of expression that we bring a diverse way of thinking to the shows that we put on. I meet and build relationships with people that I probably would never have talked to if it weren't for theater and I believe that this strangely wonderful conglomeration of people in one space connects the CDS community more than we know. Although I haven't been on stage for all my years here at CDS, the theater department has always been a comfortably uncomfortable place for me within the CDS community and I am undoubtedly proud to be apart of it.

Q: What are your hopes for your future, as far as school and work?

A: I actually want to go into astronomy or astrophysics which surprises people after they have so often seen my art on the walls, or me acting in the school play, or playing the violin on arts day, or reading my writing. Most people assume that I want to go into some kind of arts-related field, but while the arts are and will remain an extremely important part of my life, what calls to me the most is the pursuit of knowledge and scientific inquiry. To me, science is a rather profound form of art. So I'm going to go into a space-related field career-wise, but I also want to play in a big symphony orchestra and a jazz band, continue painting, write regular and graphic novels, poetry, and hopefully lots of plays.   

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