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The One Acts: The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes

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Rivers Liu (12), Amelia Feiner (10), Bebe Steel (11), and Ben Rosenbaum (11) star in “The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes.”

Rivers Liu (12), Amelia Feiner (10), Bebe Steel (11), and Ben Rosenbaum (11) star in “The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes.”

Rivers Liu (12), Amelia Feiner (10), Bebe Steel (11), and Ben Rosenbaum (11) star in “The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes.”

Peri Brooks

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During her sophomore year, Amrita Acharya (12) began to work on her play “The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes,” which has developed into a play that combines themes of love, class-divisions, and political views during the 1960s Vietnam War era.

The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes is about a friendship between two adolescent girls: a wealthy girl who is less exposed to the war, and the other who is less privileged and therefore more affected by the war, Acharya said. The play focuses on “how the friendship deteriorates over time due to these problems,” she said.

The play looks at political reason, economic boundaries, and socioeconomic classes. “It’s really determined by how people actually viewed the war,” Acharya said.

The play also explores the “difference between who you love and who you think you love,” actress Bebe Steel (11) said.

“The play is about personal relationships and the kinds of love that people feel in different ways,” Steel said. “You see a lot of comparison between a new love, or a friendship love, a love that you feel obligated to feel between your family, and a lot of different sides of things.”

The actors wear “stereotypical” costumes based on style of the 1960s, Acharya said. The play is accompanied by 60s rock music and radio broadcasting news from Vietnam. These factors allow the play to be “emblematic of the time period,” Acharya said.

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