Student 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
 

Upcoming Audition: Red Speedo, Fall 2019

UPCOMING AUDITIONS
Full Production, Fall 2019:
Red Speedo by Lucas Hnath

CLICK HERE to sign up for an audition!

AUDITION DATES
Saturday September 28, 1-4 pm
Sunday September 29, 11 am-2 pm (callbacks)

AUDITION LOCATION
Bentley Theater

ABOUT THE PLAY AND THE PRODUCTION
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.

Upcoming Audition: Bla(n)ck Piranha, Fall 2019

UPCOMING AUDITIONS
Studio Lab Performance, Fall 2019:
Bla(n)ck Piranha: An Exploration into the Sexual Terrorscape of Black Femininity 
by Stella Amuzu Asa '22

CLICK HERE to sign up for a group audition slot!

AUDITION DATE
Sunday September 29, 12:00-1:15 pm and 1:45-3:00 pm 

LOCATION
Rehearsal Room, Hop 14 (basement level)

Upcoming Auditions: Tires of a Dream, Fall 2019

UPCOMING AUDITIONS
Studio Lab Staged Reading, Fall 2019:
Tires of a Dream by Nick Gutierrez

CLICK HERE to sign up for an audition!

AUDITION DATES
Wednesday October 2, 7:00-10:00 pm

AUDITION LOCATION
Rehearsal Room, Hop 14 (basement level)

ABOUT THE PLAY AND THE PRODUCTION
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 will be a Studio Lab Staged Reading of an original work, written by Nick Gutierrez '20 and directed by Naomi Agnew '20. The project will encompass roughly 30 hours of rehearsal over 2-3 weeks, culminating in a staged reading performance in the Bentley Theater during the weekend of October 18, as part of a "New Works Weekend" performance project.

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.

THE 2019 RUTH AND LORING DODD PLAYWRITING COMPETITION WINNER

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

Tickets available here

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

Upcoming Auditions: The Frost & Dodd Student Play Festival

UPCOMING AUDITIONS
The Frost & Dodd Student Play Festival, Summer 2019:

Dr. Superman by Kayshav Prakash '22
Lost Angeles by Kavya Menon '20
The Recording by Monik Walters '19


CLICK HERE to sign up for an audition!

AUDITION DATES
Friday June 21 7:00-9:30 pm
Saturday June 22 7:00-9:00 pm
Sunday June 23 4:00-7:00 pm (callbacks)

AUDITION LOCATION
The Bentley Theater

ABOUT THE PLAYS AND THE PRODUCTION

Dr. Superman, by Kayshav Prakash '22
The 2019 Dodd Playwriting Competition winner  
Dr. Superman follows an Indian family transplanted to the rural South, as they navigate the brown experience in a community being ravaged by the rise of opiates and the loss of jobs. 
Read the most recent draft of the script HERE

Honors Thesis Workshop Production, Spring 2019: Suspended

Suspended

an original work written and performed by Brooke Goldner '19
Friday & Saturday, May 24-25 at 9:00 pm
The Bentley Theater

A Department of Theater Honors Thesis Workshop Production
FREE Admission

An original solo work written and performed by Brooke Goldner '19. When a girl’s acting teacher challenges her, she is forced to take a closer look at her past to determine what’s holding her back. An examination of the ways in which identity is, and is not, built upon memory and experience. 

BROOKE GOLDNER '19 writer and performer
KATIE LINDSAY '11 director
ROBERT ALTER '21 lighting designer
SAM WEST '20 sound designer
STEPHANIE EVERETT '19 stage manager

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