Students in Samford’s Brock Scholars program piloted a unique new program December 5th, when they presented two short plays to an audience of their peers. The performance was part of the Mann Center’s new Better World Theatre initiative, which allows students to think critically about ethical issues in their field of study by acting out scenarios they are likely to encounter in the professional world.
Following each play, the actors led the audience in a lively discussion of the issues presented; Lauren Bates served as moderator. “Mental Reservation,” featuring Cameron Collins and Caroline Noland, asked the audience to consider whether lying is ever appropriate. “Now We’re Really Getting Somewhere,” starring Noland, Mallory James, Kley Sippel, and Sally Snider, focused on interpersonal relationships and the search for meaning at work. Megan McElroy directed, Ben Jones and Annika Cousins served as stage managers, and Emily Mallory assisted with planning and promotions.