Student play explores creative genius

DeKALB – “Variations,” a new play written by Northern Illinois University student Becca Pearce, directed by NIU student William Burdin and featuring music composed by NIU student Brian Wach, will play at NIU’s Third Onion at 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 through Saturday, Dec. 1 in the Stevens Building Corner Theatre.

“Variations” is a play about a modern-day composer who struggles to write his latest work while he balances his relationships with his sister, his neighbor and his muse.

As he attempts to deal with his past and with new changes to his world, he starts to lose his grip on reality.

This show incorporates undergraduate students from a wide range of artistic disciplines. Pearce is majoring in media studies, Burdin is a theater student and Wach is majoring in percussion music.

The production also features acting students from the NIU School of Theatre and Dance.

Admission is $3 at the door.