MainStage Project, Fall 2021: Fall Staged Reading Series

Fall Staged Reading Series


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October 29 & 30 at 8 pm
October 31 at 5 pm
The Bentley Theater

A Department of Theater MainStage Production
Tickets available at the HOP Box Office 

Three nights, three extraordinary plays. The Department of Theater presents a weekend of intimate staged reading performances:

Poor Clare
by Chiara Atik 
directed by Peter Hackett
(read more about this director)
Friday October 29 at 8 pm
Clare is just a regular noblewoman living in medieval Italy, trying out hairstyles and waiting to get married. Until an unkempt man named Francis starts ranting in the courtyard... A breathlessly funny & powerful spin on the Middle Ages that tells a very modern story of what happens when your eyes are opened to the injustice of the world around you - and you can no longer look away.


by Charlie O'Leary 
directed by Kareem Fahmy
(read more about this visiting director)
Saturday October 30 at 8 pm
Decades ago in Western Pennsylvania, a gay love triangle ended in a murder in the woods - or so it's rumored. But when a white journalist brings his Latino partner home to investigate, the past and present start to look eerily similar. A ghost story about who can - and who can not - live safely in rural America.

Ridgway Special Events! The Dept of Theater is proud to be partnering with School House to bring Ridgway playwright Charlie O'Leary to campus this fall, as part of the 2021-22 School House Anti-Racism Experience (SHARE). Click here for a listing of special events!

This performance includes discussions of suicide.

Saturday Night/Sunday Morning
by Katori Hall
directed by Kemati Porter
(read more about this visiting director)
Sunday October 31 at 5 pm
Miss Mary's Press and Curl beauty parlour and ladies boarding house, Memphis, Tennessee. As World War II draws to a close, a group of young Black women whose lives have been upended by war and shifting social attitudes must navigate the nuances of love, sexuality and sisterhood. A hysterical and achingly beautiful work from award-winning playwright Katori Hall.


MICHAEL GANIO scenic designer
LAURIE CHURBA costume designer
DAN KOTLOWITZ lighting designer
FABIAN OBISPO sound designer


Please note: Ticket reservations are required for these performances (click here to get your tickets!). Per current Hopkins Center covid policy, attendees are required to either show proof of vaccination or negative covid test via the bindle app, OR they will need to present their Dartmouth ID upon arrival at the theater. Details about Hopkins Center Health & Safety policies are available HERE.