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UMD WRITER'S BLOC PREVIEWS THE SCHOOLING OF BENTO BONCHEV

Image Credit: Senior Devin Kohn (left) performing as Tirce, and senior theatre performance major Alex Beveridge (right) as Bento, during a dress rehearsal for The Schooling of Bento Bonchev in the Kogod Theatre of The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. (Cassie Osvatics/UMD Writer's Bloc)

By Cassie Osvatics | UMD Writer's Bloc

"Beginning this Friday, director Yury Urnov will bring the third ever production of Maksym Kurochkin’s The Schooling of Bento Bonchev to The Clarice’s Kogod Theatre through the university’s School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies.

"Senior performance major Alex Beveridge, who plays the main character Bento, explained that “the show is about this society that becomes so technologically advanced they no longer think sex is a thing.” He went on to say his character “is a scholar researching the myth of sex slowly discovering that he doesn’t believe in it” and that “the world discovers that it’s a real thing … It’s about stubbornness in the face of incontrovertible proof.”

"Beveridge said he was drawn to this role after reading the script because “[Bento’s] discourse is so much fun. The way he speaks, the vocal rhythms that he has, the language that he uses is just so, so fun. It’s like a combination of overcompensating-ly intelligent and condescending while still stuck in this massive state of denial. It’s just such a fun character to play.”

"Though people keep telling Beveridge that Bento is the “perfect character for him,” Beveridge said he isn’t taking it as a compliment, though he has fun playing characters who are jerks."

Read the complete preview at UMD Writer's Bloc

Image Credit: Senior Devin Kohn (left) performing as Tirce, and senior theatre performance major Alex Beveridge (right) as Bento, during a dress rehearsal for The Schooling of Bento Bonchev in the Kogod Theatre of The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. (Cassie Osvatics/UMD Writer's Bloc)

 

Date of Publication: 
5/27/17