Past Productions

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 Department of Theater MainStage Production
Tickets available at the HOP Box Office
*Thursday February 27 will be an open-captioned performance

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. An American premiere.

Read more about the production HERE!

Workshop Production, Winter 2020: The Ideal Candidate

The Ideal Candidate

by Nicholas Gutierrez '20

Friday February 28 at 8 pm
Saturday February 29 at 3 pm*
The Bentley Theater

A Department of Theater Workshop Production
Free Admission

An original work by Nick Gutierrez '20. It's Friday, and Alex has a weekend of interviews scheduled at a strip-mall Starbucks as he frantically scrambles to find a summer internship. A hilarious and moving look at the pitfalls of choosing a path forward in life, how we decide what matters, and the impact that we have on one another.

*The February 29 performance will be followed by a post-show discussion with the playwright, director, and cast.

NAOMI AGNEW '20 director
MYCHAELA ANDERSON '20 costume designer
NICHOLAS GUTIERREZ '20 sound designer
GIOVANNA BOYLE '20 stage manager


Caitlin Deerin '22, Max Gomez '19, Chloe Jung '23, Sean Kim '23, Cecilia Lopez '20, Maggie MacDonald '23, Kavya Menon '20, Sia Peng '20; Keara Dennehy '22, assistant stage manager

YourSpace Project, Winter 2020: WiRED! The 24-hour Playwriting Experience

WiRED: The 24-Hour Playwriting Experience

Saturday January 18 at 8:00 pm
The Bentley Theater

A Department of Theater Student Project
FREE Admission 

24 hours. Four teams. Four plays. Four directors. Four casts. No sleep....

The culminating performance of the Winter 2020 term WiRED playwriting experience. In 24 hours, participants write, cast, rehearse and perform original works. The event starts at 8 pm on Friday January 17...and ends 24 hours later, with a public performance at 8 pm in the Bentley Theater. Don't miss it!

Interested in being a part of WiRED, either as a playwright, director, or performer? Email Nishanth Chalasani '20 asap! 


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

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.

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.

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

YourSpace Performance, Fall 2019: Debutantes from Hell, One Night Only!!

Debutantes from Hell: One Night Only!!

Saturday October 12 at 2:00 pm
Sunday October 13 at 6:00 pm
The Bentley Theater

A Department of Theater YourSpace Project
FREE Admission 

Three short comedies from legendary playwrights come together to create Debutantes From Hell: One Night Only!! Medea by Wendy Wasserstein and Christopher Durang, skewers Greek drama and the contemporary actresses forced to perform it. Variations on the Death of Trotsky by David Ives envisions the understandably awkward 24 hours between Mr. Trotsky's being struck in the head with an axe and his death. And in George Is Dead by Elaine May, a freak accident forces the unhappy reunion between coddled socialite Doreen and Carla, her former nanny's adult daughter. Join us for all five utterly hilarious stages of grief, with four playwrights, three plays, and two performances of Debutantes From Hell: One Night Only!!

KATIE ORENSTEIN '22 director
GABBY MITCHELL '22 stage manager

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

Summer Theater Lab, 2019: Frost & Dodd Student Play Festival

The 2019 Frost & Dodd Student Play Festival

Friday-Saturday July 26-27 @ 8:00 pm
Sunday July 28 @ 4:00 & 8:00 pm
The Bentley Theater
All tickets $5; available at the Hop Box Office

The culmination of the 92nd annual Frost Student Playwriting Competition and the 44th annual Ruth & Loring Dodd Student Playwriting Competition. The winning one-act plays will be performed in repertory over the course of the July 26-28 weekend. The complete performance schedule is listed below; please click here for more information about the Frost & Dodd Competitions.


Dr. Superman
by Kayshav Prakash '22
Friday & Sunday, July 26 & 28, 8 pm
A Fully-produced Production
Jamie Horton, director

Tickets available here

Summer Theater Lab, 2019: New York Theatre Workshop

New York Theatre Workshop Summer 2019 Residency at Dartmouth

August 3, 10, & 17
Performances at 4 pm & 7:30 pm
The Bentley Theater

Tickets $15; Dartmouth students $5; all other students $10.50
$50 package for all six performances
General admission; available at the Hop Box Office

New York Theatre Workshop empowers visionary theater makers and brings their work to adventurous audiences through productions, artist workshops and educational programs. Every August, the company brings their work to Dartmouth for a three-week residency, developing and performing six new works-in-progress by some of today’s most innovative professional playwrights and directors. Recent Dartmouth residency projects have included We Live In Cairo, currently in production at Boston’s American Repertory Theater, and Hadestown, which is now running on Broadway and which was recently honored with eight Tony Awards.