The Dreams We Hold
Students from the Department of Theater and Film direct and perform a play
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From July 21st to 22nd, students from Hanyang University’s Department of Theater and Film performed a play they produced named The Night Stars (밤별), at Sungsoo Art Hall. The play was held in cooperation with Seongdong Foundation for Arts and Culture and in commemoration of the institution’s third year anniversary. The actors from the Department of Theater and Film are Kim Soo-jin, Jeong Sol-ah, Kim Yul-ah, Kim Joo-hun, Kwon Do-gyun, Kang Jeong-mook, Hong Sang-hyeon, and Kim Se-hee. The director and playwright Kim Ha-ram (Department of theater and film, 2nd year) spoke about the motives for writing the script for the play and what she learned after the performance. The journey of The Night Stars began last year when it was selected by the Creative Development Program at Hanyang University, which was then chosen to be officially presented to the public.
The play goes back and forth between the past and present and gives the characters a chance to look back on their childhood and the dreams they used to have, which contrast strongly with the reality they are currently living in. The play The Night Stars is about "stars," which can either mean someone’s dream or a person valuable to another, but come to be lost as time goes.
The actors that took part in the play told us that they practiced four hours a day during the semester, and more during vacations. They were all laughing when they traced back their memories to when Kim Ju-heun, one of the lead actors in the play, spoke about the time when he had an allergic reaction on stage, only to find out that the play setup was made of oak and birch wood, which he was allergic to.
The director of the play Kim Ha-ram also wrote the play's script. “I was always a kid with a dream, so I thought I was sparkly,” she said when speaking about the motives of writing the script. “However, as I grew up, the person that I wanted to be had faded a little. I felt like I wasn’t shining anymore, and I hated that. I wanted to write a play about the stars, which led me to think that the dreams that we had as children are stars, but that the city’s lights could be stars, too.”
The play ends with a scene where the two main characters have grown up to be quite different from the people they dreamed of becoming as children. Two imperfect beings may have settled for the present, but they realize after watching the city’s lights in the night sky that city lights can be stars, too. The play gives the audience the lesson that the hopes and dreams they had as children are special, of course, but that the people they have become in the present is just as special. The strong story line engaged the audience, and the actors’ fluent, professional acting made them laugh and cry throughout the play.
“A play is an act possible when people gather to form one. I believe that a play is a life, and you can’t really live life without people. I used to think of only my goals, but now I think I’ve learned to take a look around at my surroundings, while running for my goals,” said Kim Ha-ram.
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Photos by Choi Min-ju
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