Running this week, South High's new fall theatrical production, "Axcess," explores the hustle and bustle of life at a college radio and television station.
Written by theater instructor Antonio Garcia, the show follows station manager Gabby Summers (Maya Blackstone) during her last shift at the station — and it has her at her wit's end. Her spitfire hosts Toby Cruz and Tina Montoya won't stop bickering about their roles at the station or their dating situations. Her call-in host, Jennifer T, is too preoccupied about her fashion blog to notice that the new intern may be a plant from the Chancellor’s office. She's dealing with the repercussion of an erroneous story by one of the station's newest journalist.
Amid the chaos, Gabby’s world suddenly comes to a halt when she receives a phone call during a segment of the advice show. On the other end — Sydney Struble (Leslie Hernnadez), a young woman professing her intent to permanently end her abuser’s hold on her.
Bolstered by its predominantly female cast, including MaKenna Williams and Prisila Franco, this production may not be typical holiday fare, but it cannot come at a more timely moment. South High seniors and lead actresses Maya Blackstone and Leslie Hernandez hope to shine a light on how some young women may feel trapped and isolated by their situations but should always know that there are people out there in the world willing and able to help.
Combining absurd humor with the touchy subject of campus assaults has been a difficult task for the advanced theater students. The students though have taken the task to heart knowing that if one person who views this play gains some insight on the voiceless victims, their efforts will be well worth it.
The play will be performed Thursday and Friday evening on the campus of South High School, 1101 Planz Road, at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for ages 10 and up and, since the show contains mature subject matter, viewer discretion is advised.
Antonio Garcia is the theater director at South High.