The Butler senior participated in the production of ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.’
By Hannah Hartzell ’17
Things move swiftly in the theater world. That’s something Julia Hren ’18 can attest to. Last spring, the Theatre Production and Strategic Communications major was recommended for an internship at the Indianapolis Reparatory Theater (IRT).
Risa Brainin, the director of the production The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, needed an assistant. Hren said she was interested.
Three days later, Hren was sitting in on auditions. It only got busier from there.
“There were various Skype meetings with designers [over the summer],” Hren said. “Then, everyone got together to talk about preplans for the set and costumes…. It was very fast paced.”
Rehearsals began in late August and continued until opening night on September 22. (The show ran through October 14.) Somehow, Hren balanced the nine-hour-long rehearsal days with a full load of classes at Butler.
The experience came with struggles though—like a relapse of mononucleosis. Still, Hren said it was all worth it.
“It is one of the most touching shows I’ve ever read or seen,” she said. “When I first read the script, I actually cried. It’s so wonderful.”
The Incident, which won the 2015 Tony for Best Play, tells the story of an autistic teenager, Christopher, who witnesses a mysterious event and goes on a quest for the answers.
“The show is really moving,” she said. Perhaps even more so to Hren, who has been a part of the production from the beginning.
“[The cast and crew] really wanted me to get something out of this,” she said. “In the end, it was a wonderful process and one of the best experiences of my life.”
She also feels more prepared for life after Butler.
“Before, I would look at the IRT from the outside and think it looked cool. Now, I know how it functions … and the way [it] functions is incredible. The whole show came together in about a month.”
So, what’s the talented senior up to in the coming months? Probably recovering from mono and planning for graduation.
“My dream job is to do PR and advertising for a theater,” she said, before adding: “I also would also love to direct.”