Directed by Buck, assistant professor of theater at Lee, “Lessons” follows the lives of four unique individuals who are all taking music lessons with the same teacher. As they wrestle with their respective instruments, they also find themselves entangled with obstacles to true joy in their lives.
With “Lessons,” Lee Theatre explored devised theatre for the first time. Five students were commissioned in the summer of 2012 to collaborate with Buck in the creation of a piece of theater from scratch. The group’s efforts formed nontraditional narrative structure, music and projections to convey the overlapping stories and ideas.
The play is centered around music, specifically by Jillian Spears of the local band The Mailboxes. Five original songs were written for “Lessons.”
Along with Buck, the playwrights include students Michael Bachman, Natalie Brouwer, Jordan Davis, Jillian Spears and Jonathan Swindle.
“I feel so blessed to be surrounded by so much talent, and I can’t say enough how much the students’ work and contributions have made this play stronger and made me a better artist,” said Buck. “[‘Lessons’] has a lot of levity, but it is a highly personal work for the writers and cast.”
In addition to the 14-student cast, Buck’s 9-year-old son, Isaac, will make a brief appearance in the play.
The EMC theater is located on the third floor of the Vest Building. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and students and are available at the Dixon Center Box Office from 3 to 6 p.m.