2021 – 2022 Productions

Each year, the Department of Theatre offers a variety of production projects, covering a wide spectrum of genres and styles.  We have completed our production program for the Academic Year 2021 – 2022.  It was an incredible year of exciting in-person theatre and we are so grateful to everyone who joined us.

Watch this Video of the Scene Shop’s work January thru April 2022

Stay tuned for information about our 2022-2023 Production Program.

Auditions for Department Productions take place at the beginning of the Fall and Spring Semesters.  Please visit our Production Auditions Page for more information and to sign-up.

COMPLETED PRODUCTIONS


 

LOVE & INFORMATION

Written by Caryl Churchill

Directed by Bridget O’Leary

LEARN ABOUT HOW WE ARE MAKING IN-PERSON THEATRE AGAIN

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Scenic Design by Lindsay Fuori

Costume Design by Elisabetta 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

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

Watch NUTV’s visit to Rehearsal and here what the cast has to say about making this production

The Bacchae in 65 Seconds

Scenic Change-over:  Love & Information into The Bacchae

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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


 

THE RADIO PLAYS

Written by Various

Directed by Susan Picillo

Sound Designed and Edited by Andrew Duncan Will

In partnership with WRBB 104.9 Radio

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Read about this production in [email protected]

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CAST:

Noah Braunstein

Emma Harper

Liam Huff

Lily McCollum

Emily Rosakranse

Marie Siopy

Antonio Weissinger

Production Stage Manager:   Elaine Mangelinkx

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.

 

Title: Death Calls at Dinner

Characters:

Announcer – Tony Weissinger

George, Mike – Noah Braunstein

Sgt. Barker – Liam Huff

Mary – Tony Weissinger

 

Title: Murder of Mrs. Brooks

Characters:

Announcer – Liam Huff

Police – Noah Braunstein

Jim – Tony Weissinger

Alice – Liam Huff

 

Title: My Pal Patsy

Characters:

Announcer, Gatti – Noah Braunstein

Lem, Man on the Phone – Liam Huff

Dr. Melville – Tony Weissinger

 

Title: Atonement

Characters:

Tony Weissinger

Noah Braunstein

Liam Huff

 

Title: All The Pretty Little Things I Did Not Buy

Characters:

Person 1 – Emily Rosakranse

Person 2 – Lily McCollum

Person 3 – Marie Siopy

Person 4 – Emma Harper

Script Transcript


THE ANTIPODES

Playwright: Annie Baker

Director: Jonathan Carr

Assistant Director:  Sydney Maloney (’22)

Costume Designer:  Jessica Pribble

Lighting Designer:  Ciara McAloon (’22)

Scenic Designer:  Oliver Wason

Sound Designer:  Aubrey Dube

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Performances March 2 – 6

CAST LIST

Sandy

Erin Devereux

Sarah

Tony Weissinger

Eleanor

Ansh Kewalramani

Adam

Christelle Girimana

Danny M1

Peri Griffiths

Danny M2

Carla McDonough

Josh

Emily Rosakranse

Dave

Ashley Lyon

Brian

Sabrina Chevlin

Max (likely v/o)

Meryl Prendergast

 

Production Stage Manager:  Julia Lee

Assistant Stage Manager:  Karen Gallagher

 

Production Synopsis by Jonathan Carr:

In The Antipodes, we go to work in a writers’ room where everything is on the table. A team comes together to create— some familiar faces and some new ones— and their aspirations are sky high. What kind of story will they create, and how will they get there? At this incredibly turbulent moment in history, when even the most basic truths seem unreliable, do we even still want stories? Can they still bring us together? What if there is no story?

Content Warning: This production contains a mention of suicide, instances of racism and sexism, graphic sexual language, and depictions of blood and vomiting.

 

“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

“The Antipodes” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com


THIS IS TREATMENT

Book, Music & Lyrics by: Elizabeth Addison

Co-Directors: Elizabeth Addison & Meghann Perry

Music Director & Orchestrator:  Nicholas Place

Movement Director: Mar Parrilla

Costume Designer:  Jez Insalaco

Lighting Designer: Abigail Wang

Scenic Designer:  Baron E. Pugh

Sound Designer:  Anna Drummond

Hear more about this production from Writer and Composer Elizabeth Addison

Read about This is Treatment on [email protected]

Watch a Video of Cast Members talking about making This is Treatment

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Performances March 31 – April 10

CAST LIST

Amelia Carlan

Ms. Amber / Ensemble

Annaliese Fagan

Grace

Ashley Dilorenzo

Ms. Caroline

Erin Rosenfeld

Ensemble

Halle Brockett

Vicky / Pam / Resident 2

Jada Saintlouis

Detox Counselor / Ensemble

Madi Vespa

Kelsey / Resident 3

Mer Brown

Tessa

Mischa Moxey

Tanisha / Resident 1

Sarah Waggoner

Ms. Anita / Therapist / Ensemble

Tiana Mudzimurema

Sheri / Ensemble

Vidisha Agarwalla

Cece

 

Production Stage Manager:  Lingyi Zhang

Assistant Stage Manager:  Chloe (Ceci) Chin

This is Treatment is a musical inspired by writer and co-director Elizabeth Addison’s time at a residential treatment facility for substance use disorder. The story specifically speaks to the experience of Black and Latinx women (of all hues) with substance use disorder and the process of their treatment and recovery. The show is an immersive experience where the audience feels as if they are in treatment alongside the characters, and while the production explores many challenging subjects (trauma, substance addiction, gentrification, food insecurity, etc.), it also is full of joy and laughter. Through sharing this story, we seek to bridge gaps in understanding, encourage empathy, and create a safe space for us, as a community, to explore these challenging topics and find healing together.

Content Warning:  This production includes adult and suggestive language and a depiction of a drug overdose as well as references to sexual assault, domestic violence, suicide, loss of a child, and substance use and abuse.

 

PERFORMANCES & POST-PERFORMANCE CONVERSATIONS:

This Production will include various events following performance and audience members are encouraged to participate.

  • Thursday March 31st – 7:30pm performance – followed by Drama Therapy Workshop with Ana Bess Moyer Bell of 2nd Act – Located in the Studio Theatre
  • Friday April 1st – 8pm performance – followed by Panel with the This is Treatment Creative Team and Members of the Cast – Located in the Studio Theatre
  • Saturday April 2nd – 8pm performance – followed by a Conversation with Maurice Emmanuel Parent of Front Porch Arts Collective on the Artists of Color in the Boston Arts Community – Located in the Studio Theatre
  • Sunday April 3rd – 2pm performance – followed by a Community Conversation, Maggie Young, Chief Recovery Officer at Liberation Programs, and Recovery Community Members – Located in the Center for Intercultural Engagement in the Curry Student Center (on the first floor, directly across the indoor quad from the Studio Theatre)
  • Monday April 4th – no performance or post-show conversation
  • Tuesday April 5th – 7:30pm performance – no post-show conversation
  • Wednesday April 6th – 7:30pm performance – followed by a Panel with Alisa Lincoln, Dani Snyder-Young, and Rebekah Moore about Bouve’s Institute of Health Equity and Social Justice Research, its purpose, and how it connects to This is Treatment – Located in the Studio Theatre
  • Thursday April 7th – 7:30pm performance – followed by a Conversation with Nieisha Deed of PureSpark focused on Identifying Intersecting Identities and Experiences as they relate to This is Treatment – Located in the Studio Theatre
  • Friday April 8th – 8pm performance* – followed by a Panel on Recovery Coaching and how it can be a more culturally responsive approach, with Paul Alves, Windia Rodriguez, Daisy Hernandez, and Karran Larson – Located in the Studio Theatre
  • Saturday April 9th – 8pm performance – no post-show conversation
  • Sunday April 10th – 2pm performance* – followed by a Community Conversation with Dr. Haner Hernández and members of the Mission Hill & Roxbury Communities – Located in the Center for Intercultural Engagement in the Curry Student Center (on the first floor, directly across the indoor quad from the Studio Theatre)

*Designates an ASL Interpreted Performance.  We will have designated seating for Deaf/HH guests to easily see our ASL interpreters.  Please let us know if you would like to sit in this section when registering for tickets and prompted to identify accessibility needs.

 

ASL Consultant/Director of Artistic Sign Language: Rachel Berman-Kobylarz

ASL Interpreting Mentor: Chris Robinson

ASL Interpreters: Jordan Whitlow and Kelli Small

ASL Interpreter for Panel: Bonny McGarrity

RESEARCH

A research team led by Dr. Dani Snyder-Young, Assistant Professor of Theatre, is studying the impacts of this production on our audiences. As part of that study, members of her research team will be attending performances and post-performance discussions to observe audience behavior throughout the run of This is Treatment. The research team will not collect audience members’ names or any information that might identify any audience member. Dani is happy to answer any questions about the study, and you can contact her at [email protected].

To anonymously participate in this study, please click this link.