by Frank Winters
Produced by the Flea Theater.
October 2015 - November 2015
Photos by Hunter Canning, Set Design by Jerad Schomer, Costume Design by Stephanie Levin, Lighting Design by Elizabeth Stewart.
"provocative...involving...under Michelle Tattenbaum’s direction, there is truthfulness to the group dynamics..."
New York Times, October 23rd, 2015
"...compelling drama, directed by Michelle Tattenbaum... keeping the focus on the difficult ethical questions, not on teary confessions of knowledge or guilt. After all, if nailing one culprit solved much, it wouldn't make for such interesting drama."
The Village Voice, October 13th, 2015
“The Bats handle this dense, dramatic material gracefully…The set (of an unfinished set) uses the small space well, allowing the actors to play with lots of spatial possibilities. Director Michelle Tattenbaum takes good advantage of this by never letting the play become physically stagnant…Student Body left me appropriately unsettled…it is undoubtedly successful”
Theater is Easy, October 13th, 2015
“The play showcases striking writing by Winters; fine, precise direction from Michelle Tattenbaum; and a number of strong, mature performances from members of the Bats… Student Body does more than just deploy a contemporary issue to theatrical effect—it makes you think carefully about systematic inadequacies and asks you to question, if not necessarily change, your own attitudes. That it can leave you feeling angry, frustrated, and exhausted after only an hour speaks to its success, making it a timely contribution to an important dialogue. And uncomfortable though that dialogue may be, the play makes a compelling case that it's vital we press through to keep talking.”
CurtainUp, October 12th, 2015
“Michelle Tattenbaum’s direction was simple yet effective. The set created by Jerad Schomer was a work in progress set of wood and construction tools for a school play. But in the middle of the stage was a scenic piece that allowed a divide. As on point as it may be, Tattenbaum’s game of take a side was striking. She staged the play in a way that once you discovered the rules of the debate, playing with the extremes of the space and the ability to be or not be seen, it allowed the story to come alive in a new way. What could merely be an acting exercise provided something noteworthy…Student Body is something so fascinating that it may intrigue you to attend a second time just to key into individual performances with the knowledge of what will happen. The discussion of campus rape cases is sadly a topic that will not see an ending anytime soon so this psychological drama could not have arrived at a more perfect time.”
Theater In the Now, October 12th, 2015
“This play is powerfully directed by Michelle Tattenbaum and wonderfully acted by the members of The Bats.”
Times Square Chronicles, October 12th, 2015
“It’s hard to imagine a play better suited to the demography of the Bats, the Flea’s resident actors, or the space in which they play and lounge and bang to Michelle Tattenbaum’s lived-in staging…Pared down to perfection, this pressure cooker is a prudent pick for colleges looking for something edgy on a budget.”
StageBuddy, October 12th, 2015
Here is the teaser video for the production:
Here is the trailer, which shows some production footage:
Student Body has been published by Broadway Play Publishing and is available for purchase here.