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NRT Presents: Tarva

In the mood for a good laugh this weekend? Look no further than 111 Forum, where No Refund Theatre will tackle the trials and tribulations of growing up with an original production of “Tarva.”

The story starts off in an empty apartment where five friends are desperately attempting to put together a piece of IKEA furniture. As the story progresses, we learn that there seems to be some tension among the group. Two members of the fivesome are moving out on their own — tackling the world as a couple. Throughout the course of the play, those in the group butt heads as they all try to come to terms with the changing dynamic and their fears of growing up.

“Tarva” is an original production written and directed by senior Collin Van Son. Though this is his first time directing a show, Van Son has been with NRT since the start of his sophomore year.

“It’s been so fun since day one. We were crying laughing at the first run through,” he said. “It’s great to see what people bring to the table. The actors have been great.”

And though Van Son wrote and directed this play all on his own, he’s ever so humble about the whole ordeal. In fact, he attributes much of the play’s success to his actors’ own creativity and talent.

“The best part about rehearsals is when someone makes something up on the spot that’s way better than what was written down,” he said. “They’ve made it so much better than it was to begin with. I’d hardly call it my script at this point.”

Van Son’s message with this play is simple. He just wants the audience to be able to sit back and enjoy. It’s a simple, light-hearted tale of five friends’ journey through self-discovery.

“It’s about imagination. It’s about friends and imagination and making people laugh,” Van Son said. “It’s a fun show.”

NRT will present the show at 9 p.m. Thursday, January 25 and 8 p.m. Friday, January 26 and Saturday, January 27 in 111 Forum. For more information on the event, check out the Facebook page.

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