PARK CLOSES AFTER DUSK

Photography © Imani Russell

"In Park Closes After Dusk, a playground offers both a retrospective and introspective lens into the lives of two high school students complexly linked together by a mutual friend. At the playground, they share their stories and secrets. The encounters develop into a raw concurrence. Rezes elaborated on the theme of this narrative. “The storyline focuses on two individuals entering a playground from both of their childhoods, neither having met the other. They are both in limbo concerning the well–being of a mutual third character whose fate is out of their hands. It focuses on rela­tionships and the harsh themes of childhood that many people forget exist,” he explained.

"Possibly in an attempt to underscore the universality of the play’s thematic ideas, the characters lack defining traits. Rezes wrote, “Earlier this semester I decided to write a skeleton script. In this piece, I keep the over­arching narrative of my characters’ lives in­tact, while allowing other writers/actors the chance to devise dialogue and backstories that are more true. The skeleton removes gender identity, sexuality and other defining qualities from the characters, allowing for completely neutral casting and devising.”

"By and large, Rezes hopes to peel away at the oversimplification of being a human. Through a microscopic look into the fibers of human emotions and relationships, he seeks to evoke a self–realization. Rezes explained, “We hope that the student body will see a play that explores the complexity of what it means to be human. There is no such thing as a true antagonist in this world, and this piece tries to expand on that idea.”

© 2020 by JO MICHAEL REZES