Jamie Horton

Our Dystopian Moment: 2017 and the Politics of URINETOWN

The Theater Department invites you to join them for a free event on Tuesday:

Our Dystopian Moment: 2017 and the Politics of Urinetown (Panel Discussion)

Tuesday, February 21, 4:30pm in the Moore Theater, Hopkins Center

Dystopian stories are often meant to warn us of certain dangers looming on the horizon. Through its depiction of a post-apocalyptic world in which a corporation controls water consumption, Urinetown conveys a clear warning of state corruption and climate change.  But what purpose might dystopian narratives serve in our post-election moment, when the warnings have perhaps come too late? Might we find hope in theater?  Please join director Jamie Horton, Professor Steve Swayne from the Department of Music, and theatre scholar Daniel Sack from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst for a discussion on how the dystopian vision of Urinetown resonates for audiences today.  Professor Laura Edmondson, Chair of the Department of Theater, will moderate the discussion.

Congratulations to ORWELL IN AMERICA!

ORWELL IN AMERICA has opened to rave reviews in its Off-Broadway run at 59E59th Street Theater in New York City. The Department of Theater celebrates the extraordinary work of our faculty: director Peter Hackett, playwright Joe Sutton, and lead actor Jamie Horton. We also celebrate the work of our E-Term students who have been an integral part of the production's journey to New York City.

New York Times critic Ken Jaworowski writes, "Mr. Horton delivers perhaps the finest performance I’ve seen Off Broadway this year." Carlotta Morrison of Broadway World describes the production in glowing terms, noting that "Sutton has created a keen imagining of what may have occurred if Orwell had actually visited the United States on a book tour . . . This theatrical jewel entertains and captivates its audience.”  The New Yorker also gives high praise: "If Jamie Horton’s portrayal of Orwell—impatient, impassioned, impish, inappropriate—isn’t what he was really like, it sure is convincing, and he brings the writer’s ideas alive by sheer power of his imagined personality."

Congratulations to all of our faculty and students who are a part of this outstanding production!

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.


First-Year ‘Triple Threat’ Stars in ‘Spring Awakening’

Haley Reicher ’17 may look familiar to Upper Valley audiences when she takes the Moore Theater stage in Spring Awakening, the new Dartmouth Department of Theater production that runs from February 21 through March 2.

That’s because there’s a good chance they’ve seen her on stage before. She was a lead dancer as an 11-year-old in the annual Christmas Revels show at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, and also performed in Northern Stage productions and with the Barre Players before her family (her father is Dan Reicher ’78) moved from Vermont to the San Francisco area in 2007.

After her role in the theater department production of Big Love this past fall, Reicher returns to the stage as Wendla in this Tony Award-winning rock musical. Based on a controversial 1891 German play of the same name, Spring Awakening is a gripping drama about coming of age, sexual awakening, and how adults can fail their adolescent children.

Associate Professor of Theater Jamie Horton, who is directing Spring Awakening, says he knew early on that he wanted to cast Reicher as the naïve teen who becomes involved with Melchior, played by Max Gottschall ’15.