Former SIT student presents her Senior Thesis performance
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (March 15, 2017) - If William Shakespeare were alive today, college senior
Regan Humphrey would likely be his protégé. As it is, Humphrey seems to have channeled the famous
playwright in her first romantic comedy titled “What A Heart Loves.” The show will open in style —
Shakespearean, as it were — in April at the newly renovated Saint James Place in Great Barrington, Mass.
Complete with iambic pentameter, Humphrey balances wit and wisdom with grace in the five-act play,
which promises all the mischief, mayhem and matchmaking befitting the Bard himself.
Although she has been acting and writing for 14 of her 19 years, Humphrey’s interest in Elizabethan
English really ignited about five years ago. That’s when she started working alongside Shakespeare
professionals at the New American Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta. There, she got a closer look at the
famous writer’s work on and off the page. “Shakespeare’s influence on me as a writer and an actor, and
ultimately as a person, has been profound,” said Humphrey. “His descriptions of characters and stage
directions are minimal; the absence of that strict framework sets the sky as the limit and opens the
floodgates for diversity. He leaves ample room for interpretation, and in doing so, challenges us to delve
deep into the rich emotional work that goes into Shakespearean performance. I fell in love with it.”
Humphrey wrote — and is acting in, directing and producing — “What A Heart Loves” as part of her
senior thesis, which highlights different types of love and the way audiences receive them in particular
creative genres. She credits the faculty and administration at Bard College at Simon’s Rock for their
support in her ambitious thesis endeavor, a project which also includes a novel she penned. “It’s been a
wild ride of coloring outside the lines and piecing together my own path,” said the writer-director.
Humphrey will graduate in May with a B.A. in Cross-Cultural Relations and a B.A. in Creative Arts, Writing
“What A Heart Loves” includes a cast of 10 actors, including Humphrey: Jonathan Cadiz, Genevieve
Windbiel, Hannan Mir, Lily Berlstein, Heidi Singe, Audrey Russell, Erika Sullivan, Zoe White, and Paxton
Guy. Generous support is provided by Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Railroad Street Youth Project, Saint
James Place, and Shakespeare & Company.
Two showings of the 90-minute play — April 8 and 9, 2017, at 4 p.m. (doors open at 3:30 p.m.) — will be
held at Saint James Place, 352 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. There will be a talkback with the
writer-director and cast following the show on the 8th and a closing reception on the 9th. Admission is
free and members of the community are welcome to attend.
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