PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

More

NRT Presents: ‘Balloons’

At a birthday party their children are attending, brothers Chris and Daniel begin to contemplate the “deep” questions of life with their wives Anabel and Kellen.

No Refund Theatre’s showing of “Balloons” invites the audience to wrestle with existential questions — What do you love more than anything in the world? What happens when you die? — alongside the two couples.

Chris and Anabel suddenly drop a bomb on Dan and Kellen and confess that being parents simply isn’t for them. They want to move to Ukraine and leave their son Max in the other couple’s care.

In the eyes of Dan and Kellen, this decision is inhumane. Parents are supposed to love and care for their children no matter what, right? 

Sensitive subjects are intertwined with witty humor to provide some much-needed comic relief as the characters explore the moral obligations of parenthood.

Junior Chad Poz is both the writer and director of “Balloons.” His childhood didn’t contain many of the darker themes the show explores, but this unfamiliarity motivated him to explore the dark side of familial life.

“I’ve heard a quote that artists write what they are afraid of,” Poz said. “I’d always wondered what it would be like for people who had atrocious childhoods.” 

Directing an NRT show already takes a lot of time and effort. For Poz, writing the script added a greater level of vulnerability to the production.

“When you are writing and directing you feel responsible for everything that goes on,” Poz said. “I sometimes second guess my writing and its really tough to get past the idea that what you’re doing is set in stone and these people trust you. You have to unapologetically go for it.”

NRT will present “Balloons” at 9 p.m. from Thursday, September 20 through Saturday, September 22 in the HUB Flex Theatre. You can find more info on the show’s Facebook page.

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
OR
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

Cassady Potts

Cassady is a sophomore English and journalism major and Onward State's Assistant News Editor. She is from York, Pennsylvania and loves iced coffee, books, and women's volleyball. You can find her on campus by looking for the girl who always wears stripes. Feel free to send any questions, comments, or memes via email ([email protected]) and follow her @cassady_potts on Twitter.

Comments

Other posts by Cassady

Club XC Holding Winter Thaw 5k Saturday

If you’re looking for an alternative to wearing green and drinking Natty in someone’s backyard on State Patty’s Day, Club Cross Country will host its annual Winter Thaw 5k run Saturday.

Our Best Posts From THON 2019

Subtle Ways Dancers Learn The Time During THON

Your Best THON 2019 Dancer Mail Call Memories

Some of the feedback we received showed just how creative, motivating, and heartfelt the army of supporters behind the 707 dancers could be.

Your THON 2019 Master Playlist

With more than 500 songs and a run-time of more than 30 hours, this playlist will make it seem like THON never ended.

Send this to a friend