Butler University seniors Erin Aquino and Jessica Strauss want Indianapolis to understand what they saw on their inspiring mission trip to New Orleans: devastation, heroism and a need for continued national attention. Their high-energy performance piece, Dear Katrina, I Saw You On TV
, covered a lot of topics in a short period of time with special highlights on the issues of journalistic portrayal of the event and the delay in government response. Multitalented Butler-based student actors impersonated everyone from 2-year-old survivors to high-profile politicians like FEMA director Michael Brown; the performances were intense without being overdone. Towards the end of the piece, they managed to direct the energy from the stage to the floor in order to spark a charged discussion between the audience and the directors about the causes and consequences of the hurricane's aftermath. Lighting by Ryan Mullins used the space to its fullest capacities, highlighting the actors with notable subtlety and exquisite timing.