Student-directed play explores hilarity of blind dating Oct. 24–27

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Nick Giordano, third-year management information systems and political science double major

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Nick Giordano, center, third-year management information systems and political science double major, will direct Check, Please Oct. 24–27 in the 1510 Lab Theatre in Lyndon Baines Johnson Hall at RIT.

Ever since Nick Giordano helped write and direct Sherlock Holmes and the Time Machine in high school, he has been passionate about his role behind the scenes. The double major has found the time to direct a 30-minute, one-act play titled Check, Please. The free comedy show about blind dating runs Oct. 24–27 at RIT.

Question: Where are you from?
Answer: I’m from right here in Rochester—Greece, specifically.

Q: Why did you decide to come to RIT?
A: I’ve been around RIT for my whole life. I actually went to preschool here at Margaret’s House, so it’s funny that I had a dorm room right across from the playground I used to play on when I was 5.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment?
A: I backpacked solo through Central and Eastern Europe for about a month last year.

Q: Why did you decide to double major in political science and management information systems?
A: They are both fantastic programs that will give me a unique mixture of business, humanities and technology that is applicable in every career path. For anyone thinking of double majoring, just make sure you have a good balance on school and get your scheduling and priorities straight or all of the work will catch up to you.

Q: What other activities are you involved in around campus?
A: I’m a member of Proof of Purchase, a co-ed a cappella group on campus. I’m also one of the founding members of [Work in Progress], RIT’s third and newest improv troupe. We’ve had two great shows so far this year, and another one coming up later this semester on Dec. 6. Finally, I’m a marketing director of RIT Players, the university’s drama and theater club, and I’m in the midst of directing our next production, Check, Please.

Q: How did you get involved with RIT Players?
A: I started going to the meetings occasionally my freshman year and tried out for a series of one-act plays called Welcome to Hell.

Q: What is Check, Please about?
A: It is a short comedic play, set in a restaurant, about a guy and a girl going on a series of blind dates with other characters. For each date they go on, it gets stranger and stranger than the last. Most people have an uneasy feeling about blind dates. This show will solidify those feelings.

Q: When and where can people see the play?
A: Check, Please will be performed at 8 p.m. on Oct. 24, 25 and 26 and at 2 p.m. on Oct. 27. All performances are in the 1510 Lab Theatre in Lyndon Baines Johnson Hall. The show is free but seating is limited, so make sure to get there early.

Q: What advice would you give to other RIT students?
A: I’m just getting little bursts of advice popping into my head; when you open up emails, do the email task right when you read it so you don’t forget about it or procrastinate; wake up to energetic or happy music instead of a blaring alarm clock and you’ll feel better in the morning; and join clubs based on the things that you love—you’ll make friends that you love and have experiences that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.