April 22nd, 2013 | Culture

W.H.A.T. to premier Keegan’s ’12 ‘Utility Monster’

Marina Keegan '12.
Marina Keegan '12. Photo by Joy Shan.

Almost a year after Marina Keegan ’12 died in a car accident just days after her graduation from Yale, the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (W.H.A.T.) will be putting up the first professional production of her play “Utility Monster,” which was first staged as a Dramat Spring Experimental Production in 2011.

Dan Lombardo, Artistic Director of W.H.A.T., said he discovered the play after meeting Kevin Keegan, Marina Keegan’s father, in the theater some time after her death. Lombardo said he was struck by the way the play treats the problems its young character’s are grappling with, and which people tend to let go of as they grow up.

“I started reading it and I just couldn’t put it down,” Lombardo said. “It’s an extraordinary play… I decided one way or another I wanted to have [Utility Monster] at W.H.A.T.”

Lombardo said the production will be made up of professional actors much closer to their character’s actual ages than when it was shown at Yale, whether they are 15 and 50, and who were chosen from a pool of 140 to 150 actors the theater auditioned for their season.

“It’ll be a very different production from what people may have seen, in a different style, and exploring different sides of characters,” Lombardo said. “That’s one of the great thing s about theater, it’s never static, it’s always evolving…. It will be a very tender production.”

“Utility Monster” will play at W.H.A.T. from May 25 to June 22.