Chemistry on Stage: VoxFest Is a ‘Creative Laboratory’

There’s one laboratory at Dartmouth this summer that won’t contain any scientists or chemical reagents. Instead, actors, directors, and playwrights will concoct artistic chemistry in campus performance spaces during VoxFest, a weeklong theater residency that brings together Dartmouth alumni, students, and faculty to create and present works-in-progress.
“We call it a creative laboratory,” says Kate Mulley ’05, a New York-based playwright and co-founder of Vox Theater, which produces VoxFest. “It’s a way for artists to come to Hanover and work on pieces they wouldn’t [otherwise] have the space or time to work on.” She describes this year’s productions as “a lot of really smart, thought-provoking plays that explore different issues in the world and society.” It’s the second year for the VoxFest collaboration.


FRIDAY May 30 @ 8 PM and Saturday May 31 @ 7 PM & 9 PM
Bentley Theater
An original solo performance piece created and performed by
Camille van Putten '14

The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, May 23 & 24 at 8 PM
SUNDAY, May 25 at 2 PM
Bentley Theater
$3 tickets on sale at the HOP Box Office beginning May 19
Fully-produced production, directed by Deborah Guzman-Buchness '15
Sets by Cristy Altamirano '15
Costumes by Randi Young '15
Lighting by Kellie MacPhee '14
Stage Management by Victoria Rowe '17 & Margot Yecies '15

This dark comedy centers on a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is
being interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their
similarities to a series of child murders

Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph

SUNDAY, May 11 at 2 PM
The Moore Theater
A low-tech production, Directed by Nick O'Leary '14
Sets by Nck O'Leary '14; Costumes by Diane Chen '14; Lighting by Chris Gibson '14; Sound by Sara Holston '17; Props by Robert Leverett '16; Dramaturgy by Ben Randolph '15; Stage Managment by Victoria Fox '15
Over the course of 30 years, the lives of Kayleen and Doug intersect at the
most bizarre intervals, leading the two childhood friends to compare scars
and the physical calamities that keep drawing them together.
Tickets are $3, available at the HOP Box Office beginning May 5

Students Perform Their Own Shows: Dance, Magic and More

In the theater department, students’ interest in creating a solo performance show has risen sharply. Typically, the solo performance is a project tackled by only one or two students a year. But this term, four seniors have created their own performance pieces, including a magic show, a dance performance, a digital narrative, and a one-woman theater performance.

“We are seeing more solo work,” says Daniel Kotlowitz, chair of the Department of Theater. “I think students are getting a bit more adventurous in exploring the range of possibilities in creating theater. I also think that some students are not finding a particular text that speaks to them, and so are creating their own work.”

Two of the solo performances took place in April, and two are upcoming, one on May 10 and one on May 30 and 31. Both performances are free and open to the public.

"ITCH" (when words aren't enough) created and performed by Genevieve Mifflin '14

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, April 25 & 26 at 8PM
SUNDAY, April 27 at 2PM
Bentley Theater (limited seating!)
Lighting Design: Kellie MacPhee '14; Costume Design: Randi Young '15; Sound Design: Sara Holston '17; Stage Management: Naomi Lazar '17; Poster Design: Sayeh GorjiFard
An exploration of the creation of an independent dance performance piece.  There will be a post-show discussion on Friday, April 25, moderated by Ford Evans.