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Rachel Diamond ’12

DiamondThe Kennedy Center regional competition can sometimes be an overwhelming experience. More than 400 people saw the show in a single day, and for the rest of our time at the festival, the cast was constantly approached by students, professors and other festival participants who wanted to tell us how much the show touched them. 

My Acting professors Mark Wade and Kathryn Petersen were both so supportive and helped me grow as an artist and an individual. While working on The Swing of the Sea, I was going through huge changes as an actor, in every way, and I sometimes found that painfully hard and really scary, but Mark always reminded me that he cast me for a reason and that I had to ‘dare to be brilliant.’ They are words I will care with me always. 

I was thrilled when I was told we had been chosen to participate in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival because I wanted to share the show with as many people as possible.

We already knew the show was powerful—we felt it all through the rehearsal and performance process—but to know that the audience felt it just as strongly as we did was a testament to the wonderful story that playwright Molly Hagan wove in writing the play.

In the end, our performance was selected to move onto the next level, and Molly won the Mimi and Harold Steinberg National Playwriting Award for The Swing of the Sea. I feel lucky to have been part of a play that will have an undoubtedly long life.


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