Caitlin McDonough and John Brown in the Carlow University production of Fools

Autumn of 2018 saw the Carlow University theatre troupe's performance of Fools, by Neil Simon. Here, Angel Barker '21 shares with us spotlights of two of the production's lead actors. 

Caitlin McDonough '22

Caitlin McDonough, a first year student here at Carlow University, is the to star in the Carlow Theatre Group's fall 2018 production of Neil Simon's Fools. She will be playing Sophia Zubritsky.

"I was definitely surprised to get the part," she says, speaking of the opportunity to play the leading female role. "I'm very grateful for the experience." 

Caitlin, a first year English major, was active in her high school's theatre and musical program having played in parts of varying sizes-from smaller ensemble roles all the way to leading roles, such as he role as the tin man in the production of the Wizard of Oz.

Caitlin began acting in the Carlow Theatre Group in the fall 2018 one-acts, the first production of the semester. She adds that the friendly and tightly-knit atmosphere in the group makes it welcoming and fun. 

In the production of Fools, Caitlin has been able to experience different styles of acting and humor such as the romantic aspect and the dim-witted nature of her character, Sophia, who lives in a town cursed with stupidity. 

Since being at Carlow, Caitlin says that theatre has been the highlight of her day and that she really enjoys it.

"I love plays; I love literature. I love being able to interact with people I normally wouldn't talk to. It's just exciting."

Jon Brown '21

Jon Brown, a second year Carlow University student, was given the opportunity to play Leon Tolchinsky in the Carlow University Theatre Group's fall 2018 production of Neil Simon's Fools.

"My sister [was in the Carlow Theatre Group] first and I grew up around it. So it just seemed like the thing to do." he says, speaking of his motivations behind his decision to join.

He began acting in the Theatre Group in fall 2017, where he played Guildenstern in their Production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard, during his first year.

Brown's experience with theatre began in high school, where he was involved as an actor from his 9th grade year up until he graduated in spring 2017.

"What I like most is all the people and the family aspect." he says, speaking of the atmosphere within the Carlow Theatre Group where he values the camaraderie and the teamwork he's been a part of.

He also seems to be enjoying his current role as Leon Steponovich Tolchinsky, a school teacher who has been hired to break a curse that has made the inhabitants of a small Ukranian village stupid for 200 years.

"It's funny, it's doofy, it's got romance, it talks about the dangers of giving up your's just fun stuff," he says about the play.


reporting and copy by Angel Barker '21