Hello Huskie nation! Today was the most fun for me so far! I had class in the morning and did some homework in the afternoon – boring, I know – but I saw a play at 7:30. One of my favorite books in the world is Emily Borontë’s “Wuthering Heights.” (See, I told you I was a nerdy English major, haha!) I have never seen a play adaptation of this novel, so I was eager to watch it. Luckily, an NIU grad student was just as excited to see it as me, and we convinced another student to join us. The play was held by Lamplighter Drama in the breathtaking gardens of Oxford University’s Wadham College. The garden was an enclave inside the college, surrounded by beautiful stone walls. The stage was two wood sections set down next to each other that the actors stood on, as well as ladders placed variously behind the boards. There were rows of folding chairs, but the audience could also picnic with a blanket on the grass.
No words will do this play justice, but since words are all I have for you, I will do my best. The play was the most phenomenal production that I have ever seen in my life. I like to think I’ve seen a lot of shows in my life, so to top all of the ones I’ve seen before is quite a feat. The actors were electric. The emotion they felt was palpable in the audience. In the words of my fellow students, we fell in love with each of the characters. At points I could even hear the old ladies behind me crying. (Was I crying too, or was it just raining on my face…? Definitely rain, definitely rain.) I was so enthralled with and drawn into the world of Thrushcross Grange and Wuthering Heights that I was entirely unprepared for the play to finally end. I have never wanted to immediately rewatch something as much as I did in that moment. (Can we have encores for plays please?) The only consolation I could offer myself was to come back again, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do. The show runs every day, sometimes even twice a day, for the next month. In between productions, I’ll try to find the words to explain just how breathtaking and awe-inspiring the show really was. As I leave you now, I’m back in my dorm room, but my mind is still in Wuthering Heights. Goodnight NIU!