The 21-22 Season is here!
We are excited to be back on campus this Fall and eager to bring the joy of live theatre to our faithful audience! We have missed you! It is our distinct pleasure to announce the Department of Theatre's 21-22 Season! Audition Information can be found on the Auditions Tab.
Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker
Director: Jessie Mills
October 6-10, 2021
When four lost New Englanders who enroll in Marty’s six-week-long community-center drama class, begin to experiment with harmless games, hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. A beautifully crafted diorama, a petri dish in which we see, with hilarious detail and clarity, the antic sadness of a motley quintet.
ANITA GATES for NEW YORK TIMES says, "Absorbing, unblinking and sharply funny."
JENNIFER FARRAR for ASSOCIATED PRESS says, "Humorous and heartbreaking."
DAVID ROONEY for VARIETY says, "A beguiling little play."
House of Desires by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, translated by Catherine Boyle
Director: Beth Lopes
November 17 -21, 2021
Don Pedro loves Dona Leonor who loves Don Carlos, who is desired by Dona Ana but betrothed to Don Juan. This 17th-century romantic farce is a wild tale of confusion and mistaken identities complete with wily servants and groping suitors. House of Desires examines the idea of free will for women at a time when a woman's role was subject to a strict moral code. Written by one of the few female playwrights of the age, a poet, nun and major baroque literary figure of Mexico.
"...a Restoration comedy that eventually accelerates into well-defined farce. House of Desires is a joy..." Philip Fisher, British Theatre Guide
"...House of Desires is enjoyable entertainment, ... a must-go-see." Rosalind Lacy, DC Theatre Scene
The Last Best Small Town by John Guerra
Director: Ernesto Gonzalez Jr.
March 2-6, 2022
THE LAST, BEST SMALL TOWN tells the story of two neighboring families --one Latinx and one white--who live in the small southern California town of Fillmore. As the first decade of the 21st century unfolds, the children of these families come of age, fall in love, and suffer loss, as they continually hunt for their place in a world that can no longer promise them a better life than their parents.
"Poignant and well-crafted! ...beautiful, haunting, funny, sad, and hopeful. Lovely work! ” Nick Malakhow, playwright
Studio Series in Rep!
Smart People by Lydia R. Diamond &
Scissoring by C. Quintana
Smart People Director: Sydney Seymour PO'22
Scissoring Director: Taelor Hansen PO'22
April 6-10, 2022
We end our Season with two student directed productions performing in rep!
It is the eve of Obama's first election. Four of Harvard University's brightest; a surgeon, an actress, a psychologist, and a neuro-psychiatrist, are all interested in different aspects of the brain, particularly how it responds to race. But like all smart people, they are also searching for love, success, and identity in their own lives. Lydia Diamond brings these characters together in this sharp, witty play about social and sexual politics.
"...a sexy, serious, and very, very funny modern-day comedy of manners." - Variety
"...crisp and clever dialogue...Smart People is very funny because it reflects a very sympathetic human foible; the desire to resolve our racial conflicts without messing things up every time we open our mouths." - Broadwayworld.com
"Smart People is a great ride; I loved every talky minute of it." - Deadline
When Abigail Bauer takes a job as a teacher at a conservative Catholic school, she is forced to step back into the closet against the wishes of her long-term girlfriend. As she struggles to reconcile her professional ambitions, personal relationships, religious beliefs, and internalized shame, Abigail receives guidance from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Eleanor’s devoted friend and lover, Lorena Hickok. Through it all, Abigail must find the courage to be unabashedly herself.
“Quintana’s crisp, humorous writing is effervescent and lively… SCISSORING is…perfect LGBTQ+ themed theater…for all time and all audiences, as it drives home the harm and anguish that’s born out of discrimination… It’s a message that should be heard especially now, especially always.” —TheaterPizzazz.com.
“…SCISSORING is an excellent and thought-provoking piece sure to inspire both a laugh and a tear.” —Theasy.com.
“…Quintana creates a complex protagonist who is sympathetic, exasperating and engaging… SCISSORING stands as an accomplished work of theater.” —TheaterScene.net.
Thank you for your continuing support. We value and appreciate your patronage, and we look forward to seeing you in-person again this season!