This past week I was lucky enough to see Outside Mullingar at George Street Playhouse. Two of my professors were designers on the show. Being one of their students and learning from them is amazing, but being able to see their work in person was a treat.
The show itself was beautiful and if you are in the New Brunswick area I highly suggest seeing it. The acting is lovely but the set and costumes where what I was paying the most attention to (since they were the work of my professors). What is helpful and lovely about being their student is, I am able to speak with them about their design process and how they went about creating elements of their designs. That is something most theatre goers end up paying big bucks for during a patron party.
Did I mention I also got to see the show for free? Yes, the other perk of being a graduate student or student in general is free or reduced ticket prices. Because my professors were designers on the show, they were able to schedule tickets to previews for their students. Other times, some/most theatres offer student pricing which is my new favorite thing.
This coming Friday I will be attending another play at McCarter Theatre, The Understudy. Another of my professors works there and she was very thoughtful and booked tickets for our class to see the show. I am so lucky to have such amazing and active professors. They make sure good theatre is accessible to us. It's beyond words.
Two of the many perks I have found being a graduate student at Rutgers. There are many many more.