Now Onstage: Upcoming Productions

Studio Lab Project, Fall 2019: Bla(n)ck Piranha

Fall 2019 New Works Weekend
Bla(n)ck Piranha: 
An Exploration into the Sexual Terrorscape of Black Femininity

by Stella Amuzu Asa '22

Friday October 18 at 7:30 pm
The Bentley Theater

A Department of Theater Studio Lab Project
FREE Admission 

Based on the playwright's life, Bla(n)ck Piranha follows main character Dot as she understands the multiple violences that befall her own black body. Dot grapples with falling in love, making her way through addiction, and figuring out how to process the recent death of her mother throughout the journey of the play. This is a story about the power of healing through love, the pain of self-actualization, and ultimately, the ramifications of asserting individuality in a society that will not hesitate to erase and homogenize black female identity. Through a combination of spoken word poetry, interlude, epilogues, music, and dialogue, Bla(n)ck Piranha is set in many locations, spaces, and figments in Dot’s imagination, memories, and thoughts that play out as physical manifestations on the stage.

Studio Lab Project, Fall 2019: Tires of a Dream

Fall 2019 New Works Weekend
Tires of a Dream

by Nicholas Gutierrez '20

Saturday October 19 at 8 pm
The Bentley Theater

A Department of Theater Studio Lab Project
FREE Admission 
 

An original work. An aspiring professional clown, an investment banker, and their immigrant parents navigate a chaotic world as they all prepare for their biggest nightmare– family dinner.

This performance is part of the Department of Theater's Fall 2019 New Works Weekend, presenting staged readings of two original works written by current students.

NAOMI AGNEW '20 director
 

MainStage Production, Fall 2019: The Living

The Living

By Anthony Clarvoe

November 8-9 and 15*-16 @ 8 pm
November 10 & 17 @ 2 pm
The Moore Theater

A Department of Theater MainStage Production
Originally produced by the Denver Center Theater Company
Tickets available at the HOP Box Office

SEARCH: ...London, 1665. In the midst of a terrifying and inexplicable epidemic that will ultimately kill over 20% of the city’s population, a handful of residents struggle to respond to the cataclysm that threatens to engulf them. Heartbreaking, bitterly funny, and deeply moving, The Living celebrates the power of courage and compassion to combat a climate of overwhelming fear and darkness.

JAMIE HORTON director
MICHAEL GANIO scenic designer
LAURIE CHURBA costume designer
DAN KOTLOWITZ lighting designer
DAVID REMEDIOS sound designer
CATHERINE DARRAGH '13 stage manager

Full Production, Fall 2019: Red Speedo

Red Speedo

by Lucas Hnath

Friday November 15 at 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday, November 16-17 at 2 pm
The Bentley Theater

A Department of Theater Full Student Production
Tickets available at the Hop Box Office beginning November 11
 

Ray’s swum his way to the eve of the Olympic trials. If he makes the team, he’ll get a deal with Speedo. If he gets a deal with Speedo, he’ll never need a real job. So when someone’s stash of performance-enhancing drugs is found in the locker room fridge, threatening the entire team’s Olympic fate, Ray has to crush the rumors or risk losing everything. A sharp and stylish play about swimming, survival of the fittest, and the American dream of a level playing field—or of leveling the field yourself.

ADAM RIEGLER '20 director
JARED CAPE '21 scenic designer
MYCHAELA ANDERSON '20 costume designer
DAN KOTLOWITZ lighting designer
BROOKE BAZARIAN '20 stage manager

MainStage Production, Winter 2020: The Sweet Science of Bruising

The Sweet Science of Bruising

By Joy Wilkinson

February 21-22 and 27-29 at 8 pm
February 23 and March 1 at 2 pm
The Moore Theater

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

In a world controlled by men, four Victorian women discover unexpected freedom in the underground subculture of women’s boxing - and struggle against the limitations of that freedom. Based on historical research into 19th century women’s boxing, Joy Wilkinson’s electrifying new play examines gender, class, violence, and the balance of power in a corseted world.

PETER HACKETT director
MICHAEL GANIO scenic designer
LAURIE CHURBA costume designer
STACEY DEROSIER lighting designer
JANE SHAW sound designer
PAUL WEST fight choreographer
 

MainStage Production, Spring 2020: The Wolves

The Wolves

By Sarah DeLappe

May 15-16, 22-23 @ 8 pm
May 17 & 24 @ 2 pm
The Moore Theater

A Theater Department MainStage2 Production**
Tickets available at the HOP Box Office

Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, a high school girls’ soccer team navigates the chaos of self-discovery, confronting big questions and waging tiny battles with the ferocity of a pack of adolescent warriors. An incandescent portrait of nine nuanced, individual young American women forging their personal identities and moving into adulthood at warp speed.

JAMEEKA HOLLOWAY-BURRELL director

**A pilot program, MainStage2 brings a new perspective to the Department of Theater's existing MainStage season. Directed and designed by a team of visiting professional artists, MainStage2 productions will develop a unique, streamlined aesthetic while maintaining a tight focus on the essential elements of storytelling and performance.