The annual summer residency of innovative artists creating daring new works returns for the 10th consecutive year. Led by producers Nicolle Allen '16, Matthew Cohn '08, Emma Orme '15, and Mykel Nairne '16, VoxLab is a live arts laboratory focused on developing projects by Dartmouth alumni. During a week-long Dartmouth residency, alums and other visiting artists develop their works-in-progress in collaboration with current undergraduates. VoxLab creates a space for alumni to experiment, immerses students in the process of creating new work, and builds a more connected community for alumni in the arts.
SUMMER 2022 VOXLAB PROJECTS
*Tickets for VoxLab '22 shows are free and unticketed
Osher and the Infinite Curtain
By Elise Wein '17
Directed by Gabrielle Farah
Saturday, July 9th
8pm, Bentley Theater
On his deathbed, Osher found spirit in autoplay—as he was hooked up to oxygen and lost the ability to speak, he watched hours and hours of Kabbalah YouTube. The Kabbalah of anger, forgiveness, of loss. He stopped acknowledging the presence of his daughter, Leye, and his husband, Sender. And then he died. Now, months after his passing, Leye visits the local Kabbalah Center, fueled by a desire to understand this change in her father. She reunites with Khonen, a childhood friend, who incites her own series of desires in Leye that lead, eventually, to her possession. In this new adaptation of S. An-sky's The Dybbuk, we travel through time (and web servers) to witness whether Leye and Sender can grapple with the loss of a loved one turned stranger.
We Do the Same Thing Every Week
By Robert Leverett '16
Directed by Liza Couser '17
Sunday, July 10th
1pm, Bentley Theater
Dick and Jane are bored on a rainy Sunday afternoon. A six-foot tall cat shows up, and hijinks ensue. Later, elsewhere, Dick and Jane are bored on a rainy Sunday afternoon. A six-foot tall cat shows up, and hijinks ensue. Everywhere, space is a false vacuum waiting to decay. Try not to think about it while your boredom gnaws away at you. We Do the Same Thing Every Week is a one-act comedy about repetition, boredom, and the delicious, refreshing taste of Coca-Cola®.
Music and Lyrics by Tina deVaron
Book and Lyrics by Kate Mulley '05
Music Direction by David Maglione
Sunday, July 10th
7pm, Bentley Theater
Female Complaints is a new musical about ambition, persistance, and illegal abortion. Inez Ingenthron was raised in one of the poorest immigrant communities in turn-of-the-century San Francisco and became a highly skilled, sought-after abortionist and one of the wealthiest women in California. Inez successfully managed to get the law to look the other way, until Pat Brown, the District Attorney of San Francisco, targeted her in his rise to power. As Pat singled out abortion in his crackdown on vice, he made Inez's downfall a personal mission. At a time when reproductive rights are under attack in the United States, Female Complaints highlights the world that we're in danger of living in once again.