Due to an editing error, the box accompanying this story incorrectly stated some showtimes for the “Solo Takes On: 2” performances. There was no performance of “On Breathing in the Barrell” on Friday. This story has been changed to reflect this error. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.
Sean McKeithan didn’t plan on becoming a performer, let alone the star and author of an intense one-man show.
The Carolina Performing Arts marketing and communications coordinator and 2009 UNC graduate discovered his interest in performance during the latter part of his undergraduate career, but his slow start in the theater hasn’t set him back.
“On Breathing in the Barrel,” McKeithan’s first full-length piece, debuted Wednesday as part of the UNC Communications Studies Department “Solo Takes On: 2” performance series.
“I was never a theater kid,” McKeithan said. “Performance is relatively new to me.”
While enrolled at the University, seminars like Renee Alexander Craft and Joseph Megel’s performance practicum helped McKeithan realign and develop his interests in performance.
“I really started to crystallize during my senior year,” McKeithan said.
The performance practicum course caters to solo performances through its emphasis on personal exploration, Megel said.
“On Breathing In the Barrel,” a one-man show, largely confronts the concept of personal exploration through themes of masculinity and identity.