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"In the Room" Theatre majors' workshop series

Fri, March 4th, 2022
7:30 pm
- 8:30 pm

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One event on Sat, March 5th, 2022 at 7:30pm

One event on Sat, March 5th, 2022 at 2:00pm

One event on Sun, March 6th, 2022 at 5:00pm

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This performance is open to the general public. Members of the public are required to show proof of full vaccination including a booster, if eligible. Williams students, faculty, and staff only need to show Williams IDs at the door. All patrons are required to wear a mask.

Join us for an exploration in theatermaking! In The Room is a new workshop series made by our Theatre majors as a way to experiment with the many shapes and forms that theatre can take. At the workshop our works include everything from stage combat, to a new musical about living with magical powers while under apartheid in Jerusalem, to a devised piece about queer relationships based on the work of ancient Greek poet, Sappho, and so much more! 


Program A – Tickets
FRI | MAR 4 | 7:30PM
SAT | MAR 5 | 2PM

Elements of Violence: An Exploration by Mackenzie Grace ‘22
Fifty Feral Hogs, by Maye McPhail ’22.5
A New Devised Work based on the Poetry of Sappho devised by Eddie Wolfson’ 23 with Ensemble
Area D by Lour Yasin ’23

Program B – Tickets
SAT | MAR 5 | 7:30PM
SUN | MAR 6 | 5PM

Sparrows vs Magpies, directed by Dylan Nadelman ‘23
Musical Theatre Song Workshop, directed by Chris van Liew ’23
The Rosencrantz Finishing School by Tristan Whalen ‘23

Project Synopsis: 

Eddie Wolfson’ 23 will be using a physical and written devising process to collaboratively develop a piece based on Sappho’s work. The group of collaborators will be exploring queer longing/desire/and love by disidentifying with ancient text. Sappho’s work is beautiful and evocative and presents an opportunity to examine queerness and queer love today as a collaborative of young artists.

Fifty Feral Hogs, written by Maye McPhail ‘22.5, takes on familiar archetypes of queerness in rural Texas and asks what happens to the people who allow themselves to become defined by these overworn narratives. The play centers around Callie, a young queer woman who brings her partner home to her family’s ranch and must there locate the person she used to be in the context of the person she’s becoming. 

Lour Yasin ‘23 will be developing a musical that follows Laila, a 17 year old, who leads a normal life in Jerusalem working part-time for her family’s souvenir shop, if you could call having magical powers or living under apartheid “normal.” The play will explore the themes of segregation, racism, apartheid, and the use of brutal military force in a world that walks a tightrope between reality and fantasy. 

Mackenzie Grace ‘22 will choreograph a fight sequence and work with actors to showcase how the same basic fight structure can have different impacts on the audience when elements of it are modified. This project is an exploration of the ethics of the representation of violence, and seeks to answer the following question: How is the audience impacted by watching violence and when is making them do so justified? 

The Musical Theatre Song Workshop, directed by Chris van Liew ‘23, is a showcase of self-selected musical theatre performances that will be workshopped through a collaborative ensemble process. The group format along with the Liz Lerman Critical Response Process will help us test out new ideas and let us engage in dialogue with each other about our choices.

The Rosencrantz Finishing School by Tristan Whalen ‘23 is a solo performance loosely based on elements from Shakespeare’s Hamlet with influences from the writing and rhyme scheme of Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark. Over the course of the piece, a young professor named Letham Dorigen retells the story of his father’s rise to (and tragic, meteoric fall from) the upper echelons of Theatre. 

Sparrows vs Magpies, directed by Dylan Nadelman ‘23, will involve the workshopping of a new play by Nina Kolman that deals with strained adolescent friendships. The play explores a group of teens grappling with changing social situations that can come from new romantic relationships, and the manifestation of years of suppressed emotions come to a head. 

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