2021 – 2022 Productions

Each year, the Department of Theatre offers a variety of production projects, covering a wide spectrum of genres and styles.  After a year of making digital theatre, we are excitedly planning a return of in-person theatre.

LOVE & INFORMATION

Written by Caryl Churchill

Directed by Bridget O’Leary

 

Scenic Design by Lindsay Fuori

Costume Design by Lisa Polito

Lighting Design by Abigail Wang

Sound Design by Aubrey Dube

Production Stage Manager:  Hannah Marks

Assistant Stage Manager:  Ceci Chin

 

CAST:

AMANDA BREA

RILEY COHEN

ASHLEY DILORENZO

NAOMI KIM

ASHLEY LYON

JOSIE OJAKLI

PATRICIO RADA

 

UNDERSTUDIES:
Given the current public health circumstances, the DOT is considering asking a few interested students to serve as understudies for our productions. If you are interested in this possibility, please inform Stephanie Hettrick, Production Coordinator. Thank you.

Rehearsals begin September 14

Performances October 14 – 24

Love and Information takes place in the past, present, and future. It examines how we communicate and create relationships through time, space and technology. The play explores the ways in which our attachment to technology has both isolated us and also elevated our voices to amplify movements and our expression of identity. Churchill’s work is always pushing for us to confront issues of classism, political hierarchies and gender inequalities. In Love and Information, she takes all of these themes and creates a world where her characters, and in turn the audience, must find ways to connect to other; even when we can’t find common ground; even when we don’t have words; even when it feels impossible.

This is an ensemble driven piece for an ensemble of actors of any age, ability, race, ethnicity or gender expression.

“One of the many points made by this exhilarating theatrical kaleidoscope is that we live in a world where information bombardment is in danger of leading to atrophy of memory, erosion of privacy and decay of feeling.” – Guardian

Caryl Churchill’s play Love and Information is a poignant exploration of how a pathological desire for information — ranging from family secrets and dream interpretation to lab experiments and the census — shapes human connection.” – Chicago Magazine

THE BACCHAE

Written by Euripides

Translation by Francis Blessington

Adapted & Directed by Antonio Ocampo-Guzman

 

Scenic Design by Tori Rojo (’22)

Costume Design by Frances McSherry

Lighting Design by Elmer Martinez

Sound Design by David Reiffel

Production Stage Manager:  Nico Fernandez

Assistant Stage Manager:  Emma Isaacs

Rehearsals begin October 4

Performances November 11-21

 

CAST:

The Bacchae, followers of Dionysos VIDISHA AGARWALLA
  ANNALIESE FAGAN
  ARIELLE GREENSPAN
  EVA GUO
  ABBY KESSELMAN
  JULIA LEE
  CIARA MCALOON
Dionysos, also called Bromios and Bacchos ANSH KEWALRAMANI
Cadmus, founder of Thebes ERIN SOLOMON
Agaue, his daughter, and mother of Pentheus ELISE PILIPONIS
Pentheus, King of Thebes DANIEL LUTZ
Teiresias, a blind prophet DEVON WHITNEY
Messenger, a shepherd GRACE CAMPBELL
Soldiers, Pentheus’ guards ISABELLE BUSHKOV
  SHIRA LEDERMAN

The Bacchae is a revenge tragedy – Dionysos, also known as Bacchus, God of Wine, Revelry and Theatre – avenges the honor of his mother, Semele. Her family did not recognize him as the fruit of her love for Zeus, nor his rank as a God. King Pentheus opposes the bacchic rites that challenge the social order he is so committed to uphold. His intransigence and pride prove to be his demise: we must honor the Gods, and remain as flexible as we can.

 

Euripides’s exploration of the nature of human existence intertwines man with god, male with female, animal with human, sanity with madness.” – Guardian

“We follow where forces greater than ourselves lead, a break from the grind of rationalism, where ecstasy mingles treacherously with chaos.” – LA Times

RADIO PLAYS

Written by Various

Directed by Susan Picillo

In partnership with WRBB 104.9 Radio

 

Recording November 1 – 10

Streaming and Airing in January 2022

Production Coordinator:   Elaine Mangelinkx

 

CAST:

Noah Braunstein

Liam Huff

Lily McCollum

Emily Rosakranse

Marie Siopy

Jada Saintlouis

Antonio Weissinger

During the Golden Age of Radio, imagination ruled the air waves.  With only voices and sound effects, stories and characters came to life.  The Lone Ranger, The Shadow, Sherlock Holmes and Superman were the popular characters of the day who crept into American homes each night, as families gathered around their radios to hear the next gripping adventure of their favorite heroes.

Each radio play has the traditional stock characters…the hard-boiled detective, the damsel in distress, the country bumpkin and the snobby elitist.
Voices will need to be “over-the-top” and able to convey the character’s personality traits, the often- hokey dialogue and the drama found in each piece.

THE ANTIPODES

Written by Annie Baker

Directed by Jonathan Carr

Rehearsals begin January 24

Performances March 2 – 6

 

Characters

Sandy

Sarah

Eleanor

Adam

Danny M1

Danny M2

Josh

Dave

Brian

 

Why do we need stories? Who decides what stories get told? In The Antipodes, Annie Baker throws us into a mysterious writers’ room with a team of people telling stories in search of the right monster. Everything is on the table and no story is safe.

 

Note: this production will embrace the play’s questions about power roles by flipping the genders of many (if not all) the roles.

 

“A paradoxical, puzzling, compellingly hypnotic work.” – Village Voice

 

“In the end, Baker implies that, even in dark times, the urge to tell stories obstinately persists.” – Guardian

THIS IS TREATMENT

Written by Elizabeth Addison

Directed by Meghann Perry

Music Direction by Nicholas Place

Movement Direction by Mar Parrilla

Rehearsals begin February 8

Performances March 31 – April 10

 

Characters

Grace

Ms. Caroline

Tessa

Sheri

Cece

Tanisha/Resident 1/Detox Counselor

Vicki/Resident 2/Pam

Kelsey/Resident 3

Ms. Anita/Resident 4/Ms. Amber

This is Treatment is a story about one woman’s messy, complicated, beautiful, joyful, non-linear journey to recovery. Set in a long-term, residential treatment facility, the musical features a diverse all female cast singing the songs of the challenging roller coaster ride that is early recovery.