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Monday, October 7, 2013

RHUL | Thoughts on "The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas" as an MBA's Theatrical Learning Experience

'Twas only after the cast emerged from behind the theater drapes for their second bow that I realized that I had never before sat through such a dramatic and emotionally draining stage performance.

To be clear, I am a theater regular.

I was a Green Room Society young patron at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami. I wrote, produced and directed a Women's History Month play at the Curtis M. Phillips Center in Gainesville and I have been to numerous operas, musicals, ballets, dance theaters and orchestras at the above mentioned venues, in addition to the Broward Center in Ft. Lauderdale and the Julius Littman Center in North Miami Beach.

I really do love live performance art, especially the kind that presents a bit of joy and feel-good to the audience, yet remains true-to-life.  

The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas, by Dennis Kelly, which I saw last week at the Royal Court Theater in Sloane Square, London, however, was about a character with a fatal flaw that ultimately drove him to his demise.

There was no feel-good happy ending to this play.

Justin, the director of our MBA program, arranged for the entire cohort to spend the day in central London site-seeing, shopping and bonding. The day culminating with dinner, drinks and a Ritual Slaughter at Royal Court.

Justin did make it clear that the play was not selected at random, but for its intrinsic value to us as MBA candidates.

I was intrigued.

The play followed the life of Gorge Mastromas, a seemingly ordinary character, who, once given the opportunity, transformed into a savage businessman who could lie without flinching, corrupt without caring and who would get the success he wanted out of life, no matter the human sacrifice.

The dark tale held a mirror up to what could quite easily be life, if not aware of how to properly navigate the powerful temptations associated with success.

It was the perfect play to show a new MBA cohort.

They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words. Well, this play was worth 1 million.

Kelliann McDonald is an author, a marketing and PR strategist and a people connector who loves vinyasa yoga and social media. For up to the moment updates from Kel as she pursues a global MBA from Royal Holloway, University of London, follow her on Twitter @KelliannMc, like her or follow her on Instagram @kMcDiva for #CasualKel photos.
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