Published: Sep 26, 2011
Photo by: Danisha Crosby
SCAD performing arts graduate David Bonham in SCAD's acclaimed production of Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" at the Round House Theatre outside Washington D.C.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - SCAD performing arts
' multimedia adaptation of "Fahrenheit 451," Ray Bradbury's cult-classic novel about a future without books, which ran
at the Lucas Theatre last March, opened at the Round House Theatre outside Washington D.C. recently to rave reviews. This is the first time that a show originally conceived and produced at SCAD has been presented by a professional Equity theater.
Sharon Ott, artistic director of SCAD performing arts and director of SCAD's original production of "Fahrenheit 451," helms the Round House Theatre production also. In addition, the D.C. production features original sets, lights, costumes, sound and video as created at SCAD. Three actors from the original production, including the lead played by recent SCAD grad David Bonham, joined the professional D.C.-based cast in their incarnation.
The Washington Post
praised the SCAD-born production for its "impressive displays of computer-generated imagery...and technical sophistication." The Washingtonian
gave it 3 ½ stars out of four. "Fresh and resonant…director Sharon Ott seamlessly blends the live action with the video components." DC Theatre Scene
heralded Bonham's performance as "played beautifully" and the production as "spectacular." And the Maryland Theatre Guide
urged its readers not to miss "this stunning production."
"Fahrenheit 451,″ which runs through Oct. 9 at the Round House, is a result of the combined efforts of over 200 SCAD Savannah and Atlanta students in the performing arts
, production design
, sound design
, motion media
, industrial design
, visual effects
departments. When it opened in Savannah, it marked the largest collaborative interdepartmental effort in the school's history.