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Senior playwright directs personal work

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Douglas Pomin, the director and writer of “Intertwined” leads the cast’s rehearsal. This is his first venture in directing and he has high hopes for the play’s outcome due to the dedication of his cast and fellow director, Annabelle Tiznado.

Douglas Pomin, the director and writer of “Intertwined” leads the cast’s rehearsal. This is his first venture in directing and he has high hopes for the play’s outcome due to the dedication of his cast and fellow director, Annabelle Tiznado.

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(NICOLE KHUDYAKOV / EYE OF THE TIGER)

Douglas Pomin, the director and writer of “Intertwined” leads the cast’s rehearsal. This is his first venture in directing and he has high hopes for the play’s outcome due to the dedication of his cast and fellow director, Annabelle Tiznado.

CLAIRE TOWNSEND

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Senior Douglas Pomin is using his skills as a writer to bring people together through his play, Intertwined. When Pomin first began writing, he didn’t know which direction he was going to take his idea.

“I originally started writing it as a film,” Pomin said. “Then as I progressed toward this school year, I changed the direction of it being a play.”

Pomin is excited to take on the challenge of directing his own play, while simultaneously gaining valuable experience for his future.

“It’s a lot on my plate, but I wouldn’t change anything about it,” Pomin said. “It’s a learning process as well, because from where I am right now, this is something I would like to do when I get older.”

Senior and cast member John Wallasch understands the excitement Pomin and the rest of the cast feel for the project. This is his first time witnessing a production directed and created entirely by students with little to no professional adult input.

“Everybody is just really passionate to do this, because I think it’s just such a unique experience,” Wallasch said. “Since I’ve been here, we’ve had student directed plays for showcases, but having a full on student-written and student-directed play be fully performed — I think — is really great.”

In addition to the chance to perform in an original work, Wallasch is excited for the opportunity to form closer bonds with his castmates and grow closer to one another.

“Everybody is so friendly and so nice that everybody gets along well with each other, so that, just only with time going by, those relationships are going to grow even stronger,” Wallasch said.

Pomin’s co-director, Annabelle Tiznado, has been involved with the artistic process since the beginning.

“[Annabelle] has been a part of the process from when I first started writing it . . . but once I came to the new school drama teacher Mrs. Saigeon, Annabelle sort of naturally came into the process of helping me out,” Pomin said. “She knows the theatre aspect of this much better than I do, so she was able to implement all the stuff I needed to go forward.”

According to Tiznado, she enjoys the partnership she and Pomin share with one another.

“Our chemistry is just really good and we’re really good creative partners,” Tiznado said. “I’m super proud of him and I think he’ll grow just from here on out.”

Pomin and Tiznado agree that they work really well together as co-directors.

“We’re very ‘left-brain/right-brain’; I sort of have that emotional aspect. . . and she is the left brain where she is very analytical,” Pomin said. “She knows how to push that forward.”

Thus far, both directors are pleased with their cast’s congeniality.

“We were doing some script editing in another room. We came back to where everyone was working, and they, on their own, had put together a compliment circle,” Pomin said. “They were all so ready to dive in. That wasn’t us; that was them. And it was just heartwarming.”

Pomin is very thankful to his drama teacher, Jennifer Dithridge-Saigeon, for allowing him to pursue this project.

“It’s so cool that I have been given an outlet to present it on, because this is what I want to do,” Pomin said. “Especially at my age, I would never imagine being able to put something together like this that comes from my heart and soul.”

Pomin is also especially grateful that his friends can work next to him and support him throughout this process.

“This is definitely a great first experience,” Pomin said, “because I’m doing it with people that I care about. Everyone in the show is someone I’m close with, someone I’m friends with. It’s definitely a very intimate process.”

About the Writer
CLAIRE TOWNSEND, REPORTER

I’m 17 years old, a senior, and this is my very first year in the EOT program. For work I help out as a receptionist for a local beauty spa, in my spare time I serve in key club, spend time with friends, and listen to music. Favorite artists at the moment are boy pablo and REO Speedwagon.

 

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