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Student play addresses personal relationships, taking life for granted

Contributing Reporter

Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 01:02

The Sam Houston State University Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi warned the audience about the consequences of taking the good things in life for granted in the production of “If Looks Could Kill” on Monday.

Senior student Domenique Smith wrote, produced and starred in this production along with other members of the Alpha Kappa Psi fraternity. The play takes place in modern times where D.A. Juan Pipkens attempts to murder his wife in order to escape his unsatisfactory life with the help of his promiscuous assistant.

Smith targeted a specific audience when he wrote this play.

“As I was writing this I was thinking about personal relationships, basically outside the box,” Smith said.

Audience members gasped as the plot developed; each act was a cliff hanger from the very beginning.

“The acting skills were amazing; the plot keeps you on your toes throughout the whole play,” junior mass communications major Shanece Smith said. “You didn’t know what was going to happen; what Juan was plotting. It’s really good.”

The audience walked away with a very sensible moral that was emphasized toward the end of the play; nothing is as important in life as family, love and liberty.

Senior psychology major Kayla Hay praised Smith’s production.

“I absolutely loved it. It was new, fresh, something you don’t see every day,” Hay said. “This is not the first production I’ve been of his; the others have been just as great”.

Smith didn’t plan his the play was something he never expected as a double major in Human Resources and Banking and Finance.

“Writing was a passion introduced to me my first year of college. I wrote freestyle and started building up slowly,” Smith said. “I never knew I would end up doing something like this.” 

As the audience and cast and crew were ready to wrap it up and end the show, Smith sought to leave everyone with a simple thought, “Don’t just dream, make life.”

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