Paul Wellman

The Irresistible Elena

Theatergoers might recognize Indy intern Elena White from her recent portrayal of Arturo Ui in Westmont College’s eponymous The Resistible Rise of. Or maybe not. The cross-gender portrayal of a Chicago mobster placed Elena in clownface as she and her fellow theater majors stepped through Bertolt Brecht’s dark play. “It’s a funny play,” Elena insisted, “a comedy, until it becomes scary.” She hunched her shoulders to show how Ui starts out as a laughable caricature — talking of obvious comparisons to present-day politics — and then straightens into a formidable dictator circa 1933. But at the modern-day Indy, Elena’s writing reviews and arts stories, as well as being our go-to proofreader, keeping our prose grammatical with nary a dictatorial word spoken.

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