Joey Faust ’05 has been a member of the Players since his freshman year. “I had done some acting in high school,” he says, “but nothing short of being a professional actor could have prepared me for what it’s like to work with the Players. Somewhere between the bright lights and all the theater terminology you get a really amazing feeling of actually entertaining. Anyone who’s ever been on stage can tell you that it’s addictive.”
Eugene Kosarovich ’89 loved the support and cohesiveness of the Players in his student days.
“I remember working on shows and helping each other with homework at the same time. I’ll never forget one time when a group of us were walking quickly to get backstage in time for a cue. We were ready to play our parts in the production, but we were talking about a mathematical series expansion all the way to the stage.”
From the first weeks of its existence, the company established an identity as a talented, hard-working, fun, and dedicated group of Rensselaer students. In fact, the Players’ strongest recruiting tool today is the weekly Friday night work party. The promise of free pizza and camaraderie attracts both experienced theater people and novices, bringing new people into the organization and accomplishing the seemingly endless tasks faced by a theatrical production company. It’s hard work, but it’s also a “huge social thing. We don’t just do shows together, we’re great friends,” Faust says.
The anniversary is rekindling the strong kinship of Players past (known affectionately as Old Timers) and present, as the group prepares to celebrate three-quarters of a century of theater at Rensselaer.
Faust, chairman of the 75th Season Committee, has been poring over letters, newspaper clippings, old Transits, and playbills, and he has been immersing himself in the history of the Players and assembling artifacts for display throughout the year in the lobby of the Playhouse.
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