Theatre Connections is the School of Theatre and Dance’s initiative to encourage students across campus to be socially and politically engaged through the arts.As part of this program we invite Illinois State University faculty and staff to become academic partners in an interdisciplinary collaboration, connecting course material with a School of Theatre and Dance production.
HARVEST by Manjula Padmanabhan
This futuristic script won the 1997 Onassis Prize for the best new international play. The story focuses on organ-selling and critiques the exploitation of the third world. Harvest introduces us to Om Prakash, a poor man who agrees to sell his organs through a harvesting company to someone in the first-world for a small fortune. The company and the organ recipient invade Om’s life, controlling him and his family because of their obsessive need to maintain his health. Through technology, the recipient is able to look in on Om and his family, making sure they are following orders.
How does an Academic Partnership Work?
Each partnership is unique, based on connections between course content and the themes and content of a performance. Possible outcomes might include the following: