The End of Side A

Having a production of your first full-length play is a big deal. Having a production of your first full-length when you’re still in college and only 22 years old is a huge deal. University of Houston theater student Kendal Kaminsky’s The End of Side A is making its world premiere under director Robert Shimko. Kaminsky initially got the idea for Side A three years ago after watching a documentary about the audio vérité movement. “I knew I wanted to do something with found sound clips,” she tells us. With support from UH, that something eventually became Side A.

In the play, a college-age brother and sister discover a cache of audiotapes their father secretly made years before. Thinking the young couple next door had the life he always wanted, the father taped their conversations, making a record of their lives. As the brother and sister listen to the tapes, they discover a side of their father they never knew.

“A lot of the play deals with that sort of searching for something that you can’t find. There’s frustration for the siblings, who want something from their father but he’s unknowable. And nothing on these tapes is going to give them the closure that they want.”

7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. University of Houston (Studio 208 in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center). For information, call 713‑743‑3003 or visit uh.edu. $20.
Thu., Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 6, 1:30 & 7:30 p.m., 2014

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Olivia Flores Alvarez