2022 – 2023 Productions

Each year, the Department of Theatre offers a variety of production projects, covering a wide spectrum of genres and styles.

We are so excited for the 2022-2023 Production Program!

Please visit our Production Auditions Page for more information and to sign-up.

POLAROID STORIES

Written by Naomi Iizuka 

Directed by Greg Allen

 

Scenic Design by Janie Howland

Costume Design by Frances McSherry

Lighting Design by Abigail Wang

Sound Design by David Reiffel

Projections Design by Bella Ciaramitaro (Art & Design ’24)

Production Stage Manager:  Nico Fernandez (’25)

Assistant Stage Manager:  Lily McCollum (’25)

Rehearsals begin September 13

Performances October 13 – 23

CAST LIST

D Donovan Holt
Eurydice Jada Saintlouis
Persephone Shira Lederman
Orpheus Winston Alcufrom
Philomela Gabriela Hernandez
SKINHEADgirl Marie Siopy
Narcissus Finnigan McCormack
Echo Erin Solomon
SKINHEADboy Lou Conrad
G Noah Braunstein

 

A visceral blend of classical mythology and real-life stories told by street kids, Naomi lizuka’s Polaroid Stories journeys into a dangerous world where myth-making fulfills a fierce need for transcendence.  Inspired in part by Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Polaroid Stories takes place on the outermost edge of a city, a way stop for dreamers, dealers, and desperadoes, a no-man’s land where runaways seek camaraderie, refuge, and escape. Serpentine routes from the street to the heart characterize the interactions in this spellbinding tale of young people pushed to society’s fringe.

 

“Polaroid Stories is a well written dark drama which speaks about some of the heavy issues in the lives of street youth in the city. This not a heartwarming story, but a dark social commentary from a very up close and personal viewpoint.”-Chicago Critic

 

Content Warning:

This performance includes adult, suggestive, and offensive language, mentions and depictions of drug abuse and addiction as well as references to sexual harassment and violence.

Polaroid Stories is produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

 


 

PROBLEM PLAY

Written & Directed by Erica Terpening-Romeo

 

Dramaturgy by Emily Trantanella

Scenic Design by Jenna McFarland Lord

Costume Design by Jessica Pribble

Lighting Design by Amanda Fallon

Sound Design by Anna Drummond

Production Stage Manager:  Karen Gallagher (’25)

Rehearsals begin October 3

Performances November 10 – 20

 

CAST LIST:

Mr. Knapp Zeke D’Ascoli
Zo Isabelle Bushkov
Dri Devon Whitney
Megan Rory O’Neill
Courtney Ivy Kee
Lola Mitra Sharif
Ivy Abby Kesselman
Sloan Trisha Barua
Nico Eve Davidson
Bobbi Brenna Thornton

 

At Thornbrooke Academy for Troubled Girls, a private reform school for teens in the New England countryside, students live a life of restriction and disempowerment. But things change one morning when nine students decide to take their punitive teacher hostage, and take control of their auxiliary classroom. In this tiny space they claim for themselves, the girls are able to throw off the strictures of Thornbrooke and exercise their own agency. But there’s one major problem: there’s no wifi, and nothing on the other side of that door but punishment for their crimes. So they make the strange and fateful choice to pass the time by rehearsing Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, the only book in the room with enough copies to go around.  Over the course of the next week, they camp out in their strange, cramped little kingdom, and grapple with justice, sex, leadership, and power through the pages of a problem play.


 

EVERYBODY

Written by Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins

Directed by Melinda Lopez

Movement Design by Ilya Vidrin

Scenic Design by Shelley Barish

Costume Design by Rachel Erwin (’23)

Lighting Design by Elmer Martinez

Sound Design by Aubrey Dube

Rehearsals begin January 17

Performances February 16 – 26

 

EVERYBODY is a witty, powerful and uplifting journey to… The End. This ancient play is reimagined in a contemporary setting. Love, Family, Kinship, Beauty, God and an ensemble of other fellow travelers escort Everybody, as they discover what matters most in life. This theatrically innovative adaptation will surprise you at every turn.

Finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize.
“This is theatre rather unlike anything you might have seen…unusual, unconventional and eye-opening…Everyman is no barrel of laughs, being a morality play about death. EVERYBODY tells the same tale, with equal emotional heft; but it is not only provocative and involving, it is also funny. Wildly funny, in fact.” —Huffington Post.

 

Character List:

USHER / GOD / UNDERSTANDING

DEATH

EVERYBODY

SOMEBODIES

GIRL

LOVE


 

PHAEDRA’S LOVE

Written by Sarah Kane

Directed by Antonio Ocampo-Guzman

Scenic, Lighting & Projection Design by Oliver Wason

Associate Lighting Designer Makenna Harnden (’24)

Costume Design by TBD

Sound Design by TBD

Rehearsals begin February 14

Performances March 30 – April 9

 

Character List:

HIPPOLYTUS

PHAEDRA

STROPHE

THESEUS

DOCTOR

PRIEST

CROWD

Sarah Kane’s radical reworking of Seneca’s classical tragedy of incest and unrequited lust is a bold and provocative revisioning set amidst some of the nastiest moments of the current British monarchy. One of the exponents of “in-yer-face” theatre, Kane was only 24 when she wrote this brief play as a commission for the Gate Theatre in London, but she already understood despair acutely. She was a tormented soul who wrote simply and bluntly about the world she saw around her, a world where violence and love were intertwined. She did what no one in her time managed to do: she spoke the unspeakable, delivering a brutal black comedy, a savage farce that challenges us to consider what is truly meaningful in our lives.

“Sarah Kane’s writing is both daring and accomplished” – Time Out
“Pure theatre or rather impure theatre: dirty, alarming, dangerous.” – Observer