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CAPSTONE FESTIVAL

The Department of Theatre is thrilled to present a festival of original works created by some of our graduating students for their Capstone Projects.  Presentations of these original works will be in the Ryder Theatre Lab (334 Ryder Hall).

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PRESENTATIONS:

Thursday March 14:  Joop’s Story:  A Veiled Resistance at 7pm, 7:45pm, 8:30pm, 9:15pm

Friday March 15:  Hex & The Invisible Line at 7pm

Saturday March 16:

  • Hex & The Invisible Line at 3pm
  • Joop’s Story:  A Veiled Resistance at 7pm, 7:45pm, 8:30pm, 9:15pm

 

PROJECTS:

Joop’s Story:  A Veiled Resistance – a Guided, Immersive Experience created by Andie Weiner (’24)

  • An interactive installation about the Netherlands during the Holocaust, and specifically the role of women during the Holocaust. It weaves in a true story of one family’s bravery to take in a Jewish baby and another mother’s hardship to give her newborn to strangers.
  • Content Advisory:  This presentation includes references to the Holocaust, genocide, and antisemitism.

 

The Invisible Line – a play written by Mer Brown (’24)

  • Diamond, Malaika, and Justus are black students at Redwood High – a school where 85% of the students are white. As they start a new school year, they start to take notice of how the lack of diversity is and has affected the way they act and think.
  • Content Advisory:  This production includes the use of strong language, discussion of microaggressions, and mentions of “the n-word.”

 

Hex – a play written by Maerose Pepe (’24)

  • What happens when you combine witchcraft, the power of Stevie Nicks, and three broken hearts? Welcome to the coven.
  • Content Advisory:  This production includes mentions of blood, violence, drug use, abuse, sexual trauma, and depictions of misogyny.

 

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AUDIENCE INFORMATION 

  • Presentations of Joop’s Story:  A Veiled Resistance will run approximately 45 minutes.
  • Presentations of The Invisible Line  and Hex  will run approximately 3 hours with a 10 minute intermission.
  • All performances are in-person, live in the Ryder Theatre Lab (RY 334) on the 3rd Floor of Ryder Hall.
  • No late seating. 
  • No re-admission during performance. 
  • House opens approximately no more than 20 minutes before performance time.  We encourage audience members to arrive at the theatre at least 15 minutes before the performance in order to find the theatre.  Unclaimed seats will be given to waitlist starting 5 minutes before a performance.
  • No photography or video recording during performances. 

Written by Ming Peiffer
Directed by Samantha Richert Boehm

Scenic Design by Jenna McFarland Lord
Costume Design by Lara Graber-Mitchell (’24)
Lighting Design by Caitlin Smith Rapoport
Sound Design by Mike Frengel
Production Stage Manager:  Karen Gallagher (’25)

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Cast List

Kyeoung: Cecilia Liang
Woman: May Aurluecha
Anna: Abby Barton
Lindsay: Isabelle Roberts
Marina/Friend: Katy Silva
Sasha: Eve Davidson
Older Girl 1 / KKG Sister 1: Isadora Sylvia-Ribeiro
Older Girl 2 / KKG Sister 2: Sophie Schmults
Older Girl 3 / KKG Sister 3: Gabrielle Vecciarelli
Rory / Older Boy: Jude Riley
Father / Older Boy: Atharva Nimbalwar
Older Boy: Buzz MacIntyre

Performance Dates:  March 28 – April 7

Thursday March 28 at 7:30pm

Friday March 29 at 8pm

Saturday March 30 at 8pm

Sunday March 31 at 2pm

Tuesday April 2 at 7:30pm

Wednesday April 3 at 7:30pm

Thursday April 4 at 7:30pm

Friday April 5 at 8pm

Saturday April 6 at 8pm

Sunday April 7 at 2pm

 

Production Synopsis by Director Samantha Richert Boehm:
This play is centered around sexual identity and the relationship between a person and their body in the transition to adulthood, evolution of puberty, and through societal norms. Mixed together with the identity of a Korean American processing their own road to maturity through standards of white culture and patriarchy. This play is brutal, this play is uncomfortable, this play is touching, this play is relatable. Upon my first read, I felt seen, like someone was telling my story as a woman. However, I am not an Asian woman, that is a story I will never know.
Usual Girls is a show about the joys and horrors of growing up being a woman — the extreme joys and the extreme horrors.” – Ming Peiffer
“Peiffer’s play explores female sexuality without attaching it to a love story.  It’s a gutsy, vulnerable piece of writing and part of what feels like an immensely heartening wave of intelligent, compassionate, unafraid-to-get-ugly plays… [Usual Girls] remains clear-eyed and forceful, and it shines a neon light on how much of growing up, for usual girls, is a process of unlearning.” – New York Magazine

“Usual Girls is exciting to watch.  With hilarity and grimness, it connects the dots between pleasure, pain and shame.” – New York Times

Content Advisory: This play focuses on mentions of sex-related topics with explicit content and stories involving sexual assault and representation. There are various references to pornography, body image, sexual identity, assault, addiction and racial discrimination throughout.

Atmospheric Advisory:  This production includes the use of flashing lights, loud noises, and theatrical water-based haze.

AUDIENCE INFORMATION 

  • This performance will run approximately 90 minutes and will not have an intermission. 
  • All performances are in-person, live in the Studio Theatre in Curry Student Center (Second Level / First Floor – next to the indoor quad above the food court). 
  • General seating (no assigned seating). 
  • No late seating. 
  • No re-admission during performance. 
  • House opens approximately 20 minutes before performance time.  We encourage audience members to arrive at the theatre at least 15 minutes before the performance in order to find the theatre and select seats. 
  • No photography or video recording during performances. 

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DIRECTIONS

Department Performances take place in the STUDIO THEATRE.

It is located on the 2nd Level (1st Floor) of Curry Student Center, next to Gallery 360.

Look for the Glowing Light Wall.

Directions to the Studio Theatre

2023 - 2024 Productions