Student Written, Directed Play ‘Sibling Rivalry’ to Open Nov. 6

ACTING OUT:  The cast and crew of Suzanne Kleine ’11’s “Sibling Rivalry” rehearse for their production, which will debut at Toquet Hall on Nov. 6. | Photo by Zach Teicher ’13

ACTING OUT: The cast and crew of Suzanne Kleine ’11’s “Sibling Rivalry” rehearse for their production, which will debut at Toquet Hall on Nov. 6. | Photo by Zach Teicher ’13

ACTING OUT: The cast and crew of Suzanne Kleine ’11’s “Sibling Rivalry” rehearse for their production, which will debut at Toquet Hall on Nov. 6. | Photo by Zach Teicher ’13

Caitlyn Rand ‘13
News Editor

Everyone has heard of close siblings, but this fall, one pair of siblings will become a little too close. 

Suzanne Kleine ’11’s play, “Sibling Rivalry,” which tells the story of two stepsiblings who fall in love with each other, will premiere Nov. 6 at Toquet Hall. 

The show stars Charlotte Smith ’12 and Thomas Bonner ’14. 

“I wasn’t influenced by anything, just my own dark imagination,” Kleine said about the play. 

“Sibling Rivalry” pushes the envelope on family issues and intimacy in theatre. 

The play tells the story of step-siblings Jason and Olivia, whose close connection has brought them comfort in each other since they were young. 

Years later, they discover an unwanted sexual tension. 

Kleine described their relationship as “passionate, impulsive and shocking, yet also expected.” 

She said that the storyline is heavy, but has a lot of heart. 

“It’s very real to the world that I see. 

“The characters have to face really hard truths about themselves that speak to the audience,” Kleine said. 

To enhance the tangibility of the show, Kleine will project real home videos of Smith onto the stage during some scenes. 

Kleine said that the visual elements add an interesting flair to the whole show. 

Ever since she was young, Kleine enjoyed writing because, according to her, it allowed her to express herself; she is even getting her own book published. 

Kleine never wrote plays until she attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts, a creative arts summer camp, where she enrolled in and fell in love with a playwriting class. 

“This whole new world opened up to me, and I thought, why not push myself in this direction?” Kleine said. 

The show will be produced completely by Kleine, without outside involvement. Although admission will be free, donations to the Best Buddies club will be encouraged.