The Plank - Arts

Plank Article James Fahey ’20

Fahey’s Film Reviews: Parasite

Blurred images of people with censor strips over their eyes standing and laying in lounge chairs  in a backyard.

Everyone knows the famous saying “the grass is greener on the other side.” This proverb, however, is challenged by Korean director Bong Joon-ho in his film, “Parasite,” which pits the different classes of society together in his darkly comedic thriller.

The main focus of the film, the Kim family, represent the poor of society, scavenging for free Wi-Fi and desperate for work. Their cluttered and rundown semi-basement apartment exploits their destitute conditions.

Plank Article Matt Parks ’21

Ode to social justice

Student in spotlight sitting thoughtfully in folding chair on dark stage.

Jesuit High School Drama’s fall play, “In the Matter of Scott Daniel Warren, or Scenes and Fragments about a Play in the Desert,” challenged a complex reality, leaving an impact on its audience. 

The show, which touched on aspects of immigration, blended Catholic social justice teachings, contemporary influences, and real accounts. Centered around the prosecution of Scott Warren, who provided aid to two migrants, the play dissected the intent behind Warren’s actions.

Plank Article Matt Parks ’21

Jesuit’s fall play dramatizes social justice

A single black and white poster for Fall Play taped to a wall.

With a keen awareness for topical events, Jesuit High School Drama presents “In the Matter of Scott Daniel Warren, or Scenes and Fragments about a Play in the Desert,” a company-written play that explores and grapples with the realities and morality of immigration. 

Plank Article Jaiveer Gahunia ’20

Preparation for the play

Three posters stapled to bulletin board inviting students to "Come find out what the show's about!"

Each year, Jesuit High School Drama puts on two shows in the Black Box Theater — a fall play and a spring musical. Production for each of these shows requires hours of dedication from actors and technicians to create polished and memorable performances.

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Lights! Sound! Rain!

Student sitting alone on stage in red arm chair with dramatic lighting and staging.

Vibrant colors flash on a pitch black stage as thunder booms in the background. While the music crescendos, the entire cast of the play gathers downstage, forming a line facing the audience.

Thunder claps again as the lights go white, letting the audience see the falling raindrops soak the awaiting ensemble. The show ends.