“Rapture, Blister, Burn” opens today at Spectrum Theater

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By Marco Zamudio – Collegiate Staff

Actors’ Theatre will be premiering “Rapture, Blister, Burn” by Gina Gionfriddo at 8 p.m. today at the Grand Rapids Community College Spectrum Theater.

“Rapture, Blister, Burn” is a play about a renowned feminist author named Catherine who crosses paths with her old college friend Gwen, a now married stay-at-home mom. Feeling unsatisfied with the direction their lives are taking, the two begin to lust after each other’s way of life.

The play touches on gender politics, important life choices, how individuals tend to judge themselves and how they judge success. It also brings up the history of feminism. Michelle Urbane, Spectrum Theater Manager and Director of “Rapture, Blister, Burn” notes that all the issues discussed are still completely relevant today.

“It’s informational, but it’s also funny,” Urbane said. “There’s stories that people can relate to and characters they can see themselves in. It addresses choices everyone makes as they get older and tackles the age-old question, ‘Can someone have it all?’ Are having a family and having a successful career mutually exclusive? Or can it be possible to juggle that work-life balance and be successful? And what does ‘success’ even mean? And how do we measure it?”

Urbane said Actors’ Theatre chose to perform “Rapture, Blister, Burn” because they felt current gender politics and the feminist movement made it timely.

“This play has the perfect combination between comedy and thought-provoking theatre,” Urbane said. “It’s a nice look across three generations of women and how they relate to feminism. One of our GRCC students plays Avery, the youngest of the three women.”

Sydney Doornbos, who plays Avery, describes her character as the millennial view on the situations that happen in the play.

“She’s a college student who has a rebellious side to her, but is also very intelligent,” Doornbos said. “She doesn’t believe in feminism even though she agrees with the liberation of women, so it’s a really interesting perspective.”

All shows begin at 8 p.m. and run today through March 19 and 24-26 at Spectrum Theater. Anyone is welcome, however, attendees should be aware that the play does contain strong language and some adult situations. Tickets are $28, and college students can get a discounted ticket price of $10 when they show their school ID.

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