‘To Be Free’ Inaugurates Black Box Theater

To Be Free, a one-man-show, written, directed, and acted by junior Nathan Ko, premiered to a packed house of Loomis Chaffee faculty and students in the new Black Box Theater in the Nichols Center for Theater and Dance on Tuesday, May 10.  

“Dealing with the themes of climate change, politics, and the desire to be free,” Nathan said. “To Be Free tells the story of the inner conflicts of a U.S. Senator and his son and their struggles with the idea of freedom.”  

The play was the first production in the new Black Box Theater. The inspiration for the play came from a tour of the Nichols Center, Nathan said. When theater teacher, David McCamish, showed him the new space earlier this year, he knew immediately that the space would work well as a venue for a one-man-show, he added.  

Premiering to a standing-room-only crowd of over 85 students and faculty, the play was well-received by the audience.  

Nathan’s description of the play and the writing process in his own words is available to read online.