Seeing the Beast

Seeing the Beast – Colgate University 2014

“The universe is sacred.
You cannot improve it.
If you try to change it, you will ruin it.
If you try to hold it, you will lose it.” – Lao Tzu

H.I.P.P. (Holistic Innovation for a Progressive Planet) welcomes you to “Rewilding Hamilton,” a special presentation by accomplished young author and Colgate University alumnus Randy Tzu. Mr. Tzu will put forward the controversial proposal to reintroduce wolves to the surrounding area as part of a solution to control the overpopulation of white-tailed deer. That is until his Mandarin translator turns into a deer, he himself is transformed into a wolf, and what began as a science talk goes suddenly very wild.

Part fairytale, part nature documentary, and part Brechtian interrogation of the stories we tell about animals, Seeing the Beast was the result of a semester long residency at Colgate University. Director Scott Sheppard lived on campus in Hamilton, NY and worked with LRS Co-Director Mason Rosenthal, Colgate professor Ken Watt, and an ensemble of students to create this original work of theatre.




Colgate News article.


Director – Scott Sheppard

Assistant Director/Dramaturg – Mason Rosenthal

Co-Creators/Performers – Julia Berman, Xi Chun, Alec Hufford, Amanda Liberman, Anh Nguyen, Colin Ren, Mason Rosenthal, Hoang Nam Nguyen Vu, Kenn Watt, and Hongshi Zhong

Featuring Colgate University’s The Mantiphondrakes

Stage Manager – Isabella Crowley

Scenic Design – Marjorie Kellogg

Sound Design – Mason Rosenthal

Costume Design – Rebecca Kanach

Lighting Design – Luke Gerhardt