Q&A with Kayla Adams, Office Hours director

Office Hours Director Kayla Adams
Office Hours Director, Kayla Adams

Kayla Adams says she has been involved with theatre since she was eight years old, and started directing while working on her theatre degree at WWU. This is her first show at iDiOM, and we are excited to have her on board.

iDiOM: How does Office Hours relate to iDiOM’s audience?

KAYLA: Office Hours is very much a play about Bellingham. Particularly, the artistic intellectuals of Bellingham. It’s part love letter to our liberal college town, and part warning against pretension and hiding from reality in an ivory tower of higher education.

What was your inspiration in directing this piece?

In directing this piece, I’ve been primarily inspired by the idea of power; the way we can ruthlessly manipulate one person to maintain our status, and plead on our knees in front of another a moment later.

This play casts the student/teacher dynamic in a new light, and exploring that dynamic through power and status has been a ton of fun.

It’s part love letter to our liberal college town, and part warning against pretension and hiding from reality in an ivory tower of higher education.

What were your biggest challenges in directing Office Hours?

The biggest challenge when directing any new work is making sure you’re telling the same story that the playwright is trying to tell.

A brand new script offers uncharted territory, which is exciting but also leaves a lot less “safe” choices to fall back on.

One hopes that the talent of the entire production team will boldly come together to meet the same vision.

What makes Office Hours unique as a new play?

The modern university is a subject still relatively untouched by theatre and I am very excited to be exploring it.


Office Hours posterBrian Toews’ Office Hours, a new full-length drama.

The show opens Thursday, July 30th, and plays Thu/Fri/Sat for two weekends.

Tickets are $10 advance and $12 at door.

Learn more about the show.