University of Rochester
The 2004-2005 Year

‘Puzzle’ of a Play

actors performing on stage

The College's International Theatre Program staged two-time Obie Award-winning playwright W. David Hancock's new play, The Puzzle Locker, last April. Set in an abandoned campground in Washington State, the surreal work is an exploration of "what remains of a civilization, told from the point of view of those who might have survived its destruction." Hancock developed The Puzzle Locker at the University in the fall of 2004, working with student actors and director Nigel Maister to develop the characters. "This play is this play because of the students," Hancock says. "The students helped in the creation by being engaged, by rehearsing, and letting me see the characters develop."

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