By Drew Lash
Every night a new audience. Every night a new show. Literally.
Eight alumni performed âOne Night Stand,â an improvised musical based on a title suggested by the audience. The show was presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Â Will Adashek â01, Quinn Beswick â06, Adam Cochran â04, Josh Margolin â07, Samantha Martin â06, Jonah Platt â04, Andrew Resnick â04 and Mollie Taxe â04 made up the acting troupe, Quarter Life Crisis.
Platt, the creator of the Scene Monkeys, organized the show.Â The executive producer and Jonahâs father, Marc Platt is also known for producing the Broadway musical âWicked.â Harvard-Westlake acting teacher Michele Spears directed the musical whileÂ Dan Fishbach â94, a former Harvard-Westlake teacher, and Will Adashek â01 also helped produce the show.
Platt said his favorite performance was given the title âThe Walk of Shame,â which starred a Ford Car Company workman who created a flying car out of bed linens and dead bison parts.Â
Another night the audience came up with the title âMr. Cranstonâs Wild Ride,â which turned into a story about a young male poet having trouble expressing his love for a young girl.Â The young man then turns to his friend and his teacher for help and advice.Â
Every show in the second half of the run in Scotland was a sell out.
On the last night, they sold an extra 60 seats over the theater capacity.
âIt was really neat to see our humor translated to a Scottish audience.â Margolin said. âAnd it turns out that they were really receptive. It was very rewarding and an incredibly enjoyable experience, and I feel like I definitely learned a lot. I got to expand and broaden my horizons and try new things in new places.â