Brandon Marcel Smith, 20, of Bowie will debut his original stage play during homecoming weekend at Penn State University on Sept. 26, said Smith’s mother, Stacy L. Smith.
Smith, a senior theater major at the university, wrote, directed and choreographed the play, “R.A.V.E.,” which stands for “Really Artistic Visual Experience” and features singing, dancing and video effects, Stacy Smith said.
The play is set in an alternate world where art is banned and those who use their artistic talents are sent to rehabilitation centers to be “cured.”
“Certain careers are more acceptable than other careers. Wanting to perform is not as good as wanting to be a doctor, so [Brandon] has personal experience with that,” Stacy Smith said.
She said her son wanted to answer his own question of, “How can we get people to see what we do as valuable?”
Brandon Smith has been performing since the age of 3, his mother said, and has performed in more than 30 school and community performances across the United States and Europe, including “Alex in Wonderland” at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
“We know [Brandon] will continue to do great things at Penn State and beyond,” Stacy Smith said.