Past Productions

Fall 2016: Circle Mirror Transformation

by Annie Baker

November 11 & 12 @ 8 pm
November 13 @ 2 pm
The Bentley Theater

A Dartmouth Student Production

When four lost New Englanders who enroll in Marty's six-week-long community-center drama class in Shirley, Vermont 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.

"Annie Baker's play is an absolute feast. CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION is the kind of unheralded gem that sends people into the streets babbling and bright-eyed with the desire to spread the word. The play traces the lives of a handful of small-town Vermont residents who gather each week for an acting class taught at the local community center. By the play's end we seem to see to the very bottom of these souls, and feel how the artificial intimacy of the acting class has shaped their lives in substantial ways.”—NY Times. 

Fall 2016: Intimate Apparel

By Lynn Nottage

November 4-5, 10-12 @ 8 p.m.
November 6 & 13 @ 2 p.m.
The Moore Theater

A Dartmouth Mainstage Production

Lynn Nottage’s deeply moving portrait of a skilled middle-aged African American seamstress in turn-of-the-century New York who creates dreamy undergarments that, she hopes, are her ticket to a fulfilled life. With rich characters, subtle period details and an O. Henry twist, Intimate Apparel “offers poignant commentary on an era when the cut and color of one’s dress – and of course, skin – determined whom one could and could not marry, sleep with, even talk to in public.” (Variety)

Directed by Tazewell Thompson
Scenic Design by Michael Ganio
Costume Design by Laurie Churba
LIghting Design by Stephen Quandt
Sound Design and Original Music by Fabian Obispo
Stage Management by Spencer Jorgensen '17

Fall 2016: Orwell In America


by Joe Sutton '76

(Open Preview/Final Dress Rehearsal Performances)

September 29, 30 and October 1 @ 7:30 PM
The Bentley Theater

Supported by Dartmouth's Experiential Learning Initiative and the Leslie Center for the Humanities.

Free (unticketed) and open to the public.  Post-show discussions with cast follow each performance. 

Starring Jamie Horton and Jeanna de Waal, directed by Peter Hackett '75.

More information can be found HERE.

Don't miss the chance to see Final Dress Rehearsal Performances of this production in the Bentley Theater before it moves to its off-Broadway run at 59E59 Theaters in October.

An Honors Thesis Project by Robert Leverett '16

Cotton Patch Gospel Book by Tom Key and Russell Treyz; music and lyrics by Harry Chapin

An Honors Project by Robert Leverett '16

Eric Love director
Kit Hattier '18 set design
Nicolle Allen '16 and Laurie Churba costume design
Will Maresco '19 lighting design
Andrew Son '18 band direction
Kyla Mermejo-Varga '17 stage management

Robert Leverett serves as dramaturg and actor in this play with music that takes the story of the Gospel and sets it in rural Georgia. This production will take the form of a potluck dinner, integrating live music, food, and the audience into the production while exploring the idea of theater as community.

May 27 and 28 @ 7 PM; May 29 @ 2 PM

An Honors Thesis Project by Carene Mekertichyan '16

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf
by Ntozake Shange

Deena Selenow, guest director

Julie Solomon '17, set design; Celeste Jennings '18, costume design; Ashley Dotson '18, lighting design; Sara Holston '17, sound design; Liza Couser '17, stage management.

An honors project by Carene Mekertichyan '16, actor and dramaturg for this production. The choreopoem by Ntozake Shange about what it meant to be of color and female in the twentieth century continues to have significant relevance today.

May 13 and 14 @ 8 PM; May 15 @ 2 PM

Bentley Theater -- Tickets ($2) on sale at the HOP Box Office beginning May 9.

WIRED: the 24 hour playwriting experience!

The Theater Department and the Displaced Theater Company present:

WIRED: the 24 hour playwriting experience!

One Prompt...

     Four Playwrights.....

            Four Directors.....

                   NO SLEEP....

See what students can create, rehearsed and perform in 24 hours!

April 30 @ 8 PM

Bentley Theater ~  Free Admission

The Frost and Dodd Student Play Festival


Good Clean Holesome by Elise Wien '17

Dodd Play, directed by Jamie Horton

Set Design by Kit Hattier '18; Costume Design by Celeste Jennings '18; Lighting Design by Ashley Dotson '18; Sound Design by Nicolle Allen '16; Dramaturgy by Samantha Lazar; Stage Management by Clare Seeman '18

A tale of two tapeworms.

8 PM on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31.


The Will by Haley Gordon '18

Frost Play, staged reading directed by Marina McClure '04

Dramaturgy by Samantha Lazar; Stage Management by Geovanni Cuevas '14

Anna attempts to reunite her disintegrated family as members gather at a reading of a will.


Honors Thesis Project in the Bentley, April 22-24

The Milliner’s Daughters by Nicolle Allen ’16

An Honors Thesis Project

Direction by Sarah Laeuchli ’11

Set Design by Julie Solomon ’17

Costume Design by Nicolle Allen ’16

Lighting Design by Owen O’Leary ’19

Choreography by Veronica Burt ’16

Stage Management by Spencer Jorgensen ’17

FRIDAY, April 22 at 8pm

SATURDAY, April 23 at 8pm

SUNDAY, April 24 at 2pm

Bentley Theater


This performance will explore the particular way in which women construct and manipulate multiple identities or personae in order to suit their ever-changing social and political circumstances. Told from the perspective of three women, Emily Dickinson (1880s), Simone DeBeavoir (1920s) and Elizabeth Hawes (1940s and 50s).

"Cool sweats" in the Bentley Theater March 3 & 4

Join us for a free student performance in the Bentley:


A storytelling experience assembled and performed by Sam Van Wetter '16

Drawing on the theatrical traditions of Stuart Bowden, Tim Crouch, Taylor Mac, and others, Sam Van Wetter has created COOL SWEATS, an homage to storytelling and an experimenation with textual collage.  Sam combines his words with the writing of playwrights, poets and lyricists to create a whirling evening of image, character and story.

The length of the show is under 60 minutes - PG-13 for mild language.

9 PM Thursday and Friday, March 3 and 4

Bentley Theater - Free Admission.