The Play of Wit and Science was written by John Redford in 1540, but has been adapted and directed by Professor of English and Theater & Performance Studies Nova Myhill. The play, although quite old, still holds weight in relation to the New College thesis process.
“I’ve always loved this play, but it never gets performed, possibly literally not since 1540, because it survives in only one copy, the first section of which is missing,” Myhill said in an email interview. “I was interested in giving it a new beginning and giving it a chance to live on stage again.”
The play was shown Nov. 7-9 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 10 at 2:00 p.m.
“John Redford wrote this play for his students to perform at the court of Henry VIII, and you can tell that he had a lot of experience with and affection for real, imperfect students finding their way,” Myhill wrote in the play’s program. “But the story is the experience that students on the path to graduation have had for centuries, and the allegory emphasizes fundamental similarities between attending St. Paul’s in 1540 and New College today.”
The cast and crew include a healthy mix of New College students, alumni and outside hires. Myhill directed, Tim D. O’Donnell was the Production Manager and Light Designer and Diego Villada was the Fight Director/Intimacy Choreographer.
Myhill also mentioned an upcoming event: “Dance on Campus,” produced by Leymis Bolaños Wilmott and Diego Villada. “Dance on Campus” is a production that celebrates dance genres thriving at New College of Florida offered through the Humanities Division and performed by both aspiring dancers as well as enthusiastic movers with an appreciation for the art form. Dance on Campus will be shown on Nov. 21-23 at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at 2:00 p.m.