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Directing Studio, ’62 Center

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1000 Main Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States

The Directing Studio, located on the ground floor of the ’62 Center, is a teaching and performance studio that has a sprung, hardboard surfaced floor, lighting grid, and open floor plan. It serves as a venue for acting and directing classes, small performances, works in progress, or meeting space for up to 50 people.

Past Events

October 2018

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Microdramas: A Program of Short Plays

Microdramas: A Program of Short Plays

Thu, October 18th, 2018
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An event every day that begins at 7:30pm, repeating until Sat, October 20th, 2018

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Williams Theatre Department is excited to present an evening of five short plays, microdramas, directed and performed by Williams students mentored by Robert Baker-White. Short plays have always played an important role in the historical and contemporary repertoires of playwriting, while sometimes being overshadowed by the more conventional three-act play. The students have selected a variety of works intended to…

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Performative Ethics: The History of Casting: A Conversation With Brian Herrera

Performative Ethics: The History of Casting: A Conversation With Brian Herrera

Mon, October 29th, 2018
Directing Studio, ’62 Center
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This event is part of the yearlong lecture series Performative Ethics: Embodied Representation in the Commons. How did contemporary casting practices come into being? How did actors become freelancers? Do you know the sordid history of the headshot? How has casting changed in the internet era? Why do casting controversies figure so prominently in discussions about race, gender and sexuality…

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September 2019

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Purple Valley Play Festival: Open House & Brunch

Purple Valley Play Festival: Open House & Brunch

Sun, September 15th, 2019
Directing Studio, ’62 Center
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Free

The Purple Valley Play Festival features exclusively student written plays which are directed, designed, and performed by current students. No experience necessary; open to all students. Brunch and cold readings of all selected plays. All are welcome to participate, or just share brunch and listen. Any questions? Please contact Emily.Rea@williams.edu

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The Purple Valley Play Festival: Auditions

The Purple Valley Play Festival: Auditions

Sat, September 21st, 2019
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An event every day that begins at 1:00pm, repeating until Sun, September 22nd, 2019

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This Saturday + Sunday, we invite you to audition for the 2019 Purple Valley Play festival! This year’s festival features seven new works written by current and former Williams students, presented as four staged readings and three fully mounted theatrical productions. The cast + crew of these productions are made entirely of Williams students, and we can't wait to have you join…

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November 2019

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Cap & Bells Presents: Spring Awakening

Cap & Bells Presents: Spring Awakening

Thu, November 21st, 2019
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One event on Thu, November 21st, 2019 at 7:30pm

One event on Fri, November 22nd, 2019 at 7:30pm

One event on Sat, November 23rd, 2019 at 2:00pm

One event on Sat, November 23rd, 2019 at 7:30pm

One event on Sun, November 24th, 2019 at 2:00pm

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Cap & Bells presents Spring Awakening, the Tony and Grammy award-winning high energy rock musical about teenage love, sexual discovery, conflict with adults, and all the angst that comes along with it. Performances from 11/21 to 11/24!

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January 2020

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Building a Career in Theatre, Film, and Television

Building a Career in Theatre, Film, and Television

Sun, January 19th, 2020
Directing Studio, ’62 Center
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Free

Join us for a panel discussion and workshop with working professionals from the world of Theatre, Film, and Television. Participants include: • JOE CACACI - Playwright, Producer, Co-Artistic Director Berkshire Playwrights Lab • JESSICA HECHT - Tony Nominated Stage and Film Actress • ANDREW LAZAROW - Award Winning Designer of Projections for Theatre and Permanent Installations • MICHAEL SARDO -…

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February 2020

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STIX: A Dance Independent Study by Erin Meadors ’20

STIX: A Dance Independent Study by Erin Meadors ’20

Fri, February 7th, 2020
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One event on Sat, February 8th, 2020 at 2:00pm

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Stix is a narrative of one family's journey to the Southwest United States and their connections to the circuit of black venues across the South known as the Chitlin' Circuit. This piece builds from the long history of African-Americans in New Mexico and brings it to the present day.

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March 2020

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Speaking of Climate: Being, Thinking, and Moving in the Anthropocene

Speaking of Climate: Being, Thinking, and Moving in the Anthropocene

Mon, March 2nd, 2020
Directing Studio, ’62 Center
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Free

The Dance Department presents an interdisciplinary panel discussion on climate change with dance artist Jody Sperling, whose work seeks to bridge the gap between human and nature, art and science, mind and body. In 2014, Sperling became the first-ever choreographer-in-residence to join a polar science mission aboard the U.S Coast Guard Cutter Healy. For 43 days she journeyed through the…

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Natalie Robin: Design Is Dramaturgy

Natalie Robin: Design Is Dramaturgy

Mon, March 9th, 2020
Directing Studio, ’62 Center
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Free

Design education in America has become stagnated in a craft and skill-based approach. I believe that design is dramaturgy and so designers must be trained to think like dramaturgs and treated as such in the room. Beginning with a presentation on my own teaching strategies centered around the thesis that “Design is Dramaturgy,” this workshop will include an extended discussion…

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April 2020

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Theatre Department Honors: Jack Romans '20 - CANCELED

Theatre Department Honors: Jack Romans '20 - CANCELED

Fri, April 17th, 2020
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An event every day that begins at 7:30pm, repeating until Sat, April 18th, 2020

Directing Studio, ’62 Center
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Free

The Theatre department has accepted two Honors projects proposed by our majors, to be undertaken during their senior year. These projects are as varied and unique in form, content, and methodology, as the student artists who are leading their creation. They will be presented on three consecutive weekends at the end of the spring semester, and we will share additional…

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Theatre Department Honors: Caroline Fairweather '20 - CANCELED

Theatre Department Honors: Caroline Fairweather '20 - CANCELED

Fri, April 24th, 2020
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An event every day that begins at 7:30pm, repeating until Sat, April 25th, 2020

Directing Studio, ’62 Center
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Free

The Theatre department has accepted two Honors projects proposed by our majors, to be undertaken during their senior year. These projects are as varied and unique in form, content, and methodology, as the student artists who are leading their creation. They will be presented on three consecutive weekends at the end of the spring semester, and we will share additional…

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May 2020

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Theatre Department Independent Study: Peter Matsumoto '21 - CANCELED

Theatre Department Independent Study: Peter Matsumoto '21 - CANCELED

Fri, May 1st, 2020
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An event every day that begins at 7:30pm, repeating until Sat, May 2nd, 2020

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Free

Independent Study Projects are as varied and unique in form, content, and methodology, as the student artists who are leading their creation. No tickets required.

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CANCELED - Brandon Hilfer ’20 – Senior Composition Thesis Recital

CANCELED - Brandon Hilfer ’20 – Senior Composition Thesis Recital

Sat, May 9th, 2020
Directing Studio, ’62 Center
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Free

Brandon Hilfer ’20 offers a concert of his works as part of his composition thesis recital.

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March 2022

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"In the Room" Theatre majors' workshop series

"In the Room" Theatre majors' workshop series

Fri, March 4th, 2022
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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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Free

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…

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"In the Room" Theatre majors' workshop series

"In the Room" Theatre majors' workshop series

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

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

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

Directing Studio, ’62 Center
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Cost
Free

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…

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"In the Room" Theatre majors' workshop series

"In the Room" Theatre majors' workshop series

Sat, March 5th, 2022
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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

Directing Studio, ’62 Center
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Cost
Free

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…

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"In the Room" Theatre majors' workshop series

"In the Room" Theatre majors' workshop series

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

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

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

Directing Studio, ’62 Center
Categories:
Cost
Free

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…

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April 2022

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Panel: Dancing Resilience: Climate Action & Live Performance

Panel: Dancing Resilience: Climate Action & Live Performance

Thu, April 7th, 2022
Directing Studio, ’62 Center
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Free

Panelists: April Merleaux, Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Science Lynn Neuman, Artistic Director of Artichoke Dance Company Shanti Pillai, Assistant Professor of Theatre Join us for a conversation about the relations between climate activism and live, embodied performance. What does it mean to dance resilience? How is hope to be found in the movements or expressions of performative assembly? What…

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Theatre Dept: Fight Choreography Workshop with Ryan Winkles

Theatre Dept: Fight Choreography Workshop with Ryan Winkles

Mon, April 11th, 2022
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The Theatre Dept. invites students to a fight choreography workshop with local fight choreographer and actor Ryan Winkles. All Williams students are welcome, no experience necessary. The class size is limited.  Please wear clothing you are comfortable moving in. You can register here. Ryan Winkles is an Actor and Fight Choreographer based in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. As a fight choreographer…

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October 2022

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Workshop performance: "To the Academy"

Workshop performance: "To the Academy"

Fri, October 14th, 2022
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One event on Sat, October 15th, 2022 at 3:00pm

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Free

Written and performed by: Marc Gomes and Shanti Pillai To the Academy is a multimedia performance work that seeks to make pointed commentary about higher education and what historian Craig Wilder has called, “the great experiment of diversity.” Inspired by Kafka’s short story, “A Report for an Academy,” and the ancient Sanskrit treatise on performance, The Natyashastra, the piece weaves a tale…

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Workshop performance: "To the Academy"

Workshop performance: "To the Academy"

Sat, October 15th, 2022
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One event on Sat, October 15th, 2022 at 3:00pm

Directing Studio, ’62 Center
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Free

Written and performed by: Marc Gomes and Shanti Pillai To the Academy is a multimedia performance work that seeks to make pointed commentary about higher education and what historian Craig Wilder has called, “the great experiment of diversity.” Inspired by Kafka’s short story, “A Report for an Academy,” and the ancient Sanskrit treatise on performance, The Natyashastra, the piece weaves a tale…

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Theatre Honors performance: Kara Hadden '23

Theatre Honors performance: Kara Hadden '23

Fri, October 28th, 2022
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One event on Sat, October 29th, 2022 at 7:30pm

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Free

Jenny's Doll Hospital Book and Lyrics by Kara Hadden '23 Music by Sara Stebbins ’24 It’s a lesbian tale as old as lesbian time: Jenny meets Jane. Jane floors Jenny. Jenny moves in with Jane after one gorgeous, wild night together. Jane runs a doll hospital. Jenny learns to repair dolls. Something happens to Jane (Sorry! No spoilers....). Jenny's left…

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Theatre Honors performance: Kara Hadden '23

Theatre Honors performance: Kara Hadden '23

Sat, October 29th, 2022
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One event on Sat, October 29th, 2022 at 7:30pm

Directing Studio, ’62 Center
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Free

Jenny's Doll Hospital Book and Lyrics by Kara Hadden '23 Music by Sara Stebbins ’24 It’s a lesbian tale as old as lesbian time: Jenny meets Jane. Jane floors Jenny. Jenny moves in with Jane after one gorgeous, wild night together. Jane runs a doll hospital. Jenny learns to repair dolls. Something happens to Jane (Sorry! No spoilers....). Jenny's left…

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March 2023

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Theatre Honors Performance: Lour Yasin ’23

Theatre Honors Performance: Lour Yasin ’23

Fri, March 3rd, 2023
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One event on Sat, March 4th, 2023 at 7:30pm

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Area D an original play by Lour Yasin '23 directed by Lour Yasin '23 AREA D is a comedic musical that flips reality up on its head. It follows a band of misfits as they try to make their way to the top of Israel’s Eurovision to flip the status quo and make their voices heard. This musical follows the…

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Theatre Honors Performance: Eddie Wolfson ’23

Theatre Honors Performance: Eddie Wolfson ’23

Fri, March 3rd, 2023
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One event on Sun, March 5th, 2023 at 2:00pm

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The Baltimore Waltz by Paula Vogel directed by Eddie Wolfson '23 The Baltimore Waltz follows two siblings as they travel to Europe to seek treatment for a mysterious disorder (Acquired Toilet Disease). Blurring the lines of comedy and tragedy, the play explores memory, the HIV/AIDS crisis, and the grief of losing a loved one. Spring 2023 Honors Performance Repertory Schedule:…

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Theatre Honors Performance: Vanessa Silva '23

Theatre Honors Performance: Vanessa Silva '23

Sat, March 4th, 2023
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One event on Sun, March 5th, 2023 at 2:00pm

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with witchcraft in our lips an original play by Vanessa Silva '23 directed by Vanessa Silva '23 with witchcraft in our lips, examines the presence of witchcraft in Shakespeare’s plays and reimagines the fates of many of his most infamous characters, such as Lady Macbeth, Ophelia, Cleopatra, Viola, and more. An exploration of womanhood, witchcraft, and friendship, with witchcraft in…

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Theatre Honors Performance: Lour Yasin ’23

Theatre Honors Performance: Lour Yasin ’23

Sat, March 4th, 2023
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One event on Sat, March 4th, 2023 at 7:30pm

Directing Studio, ’62 Center
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Area D an original play by Lour Yasin '23 directed by Lour Yasin '23 AREA D is a comedic musical that flips reality up on its head. It follows a band of misfits as they try to make their way to the top of Israel’s Eurovision to flip the status quo and make their voices heard. This musical follows the…

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Theatre Honors Performance: Vanessa Silva '23

Theatre Honors Performance: Vanessa Silva '23

Sun, March 5th, 2023
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One event on Sun, March 5th, 2023 at 2:00pm

Directing Studio, ’62 Center
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with witchcraft in our lips an original play by Vanessa Silva '23 directed by Vanessa Silva '23 with witchcraft in our lips, examines the presence of witchcraft in Shakespeare’s plays and reimagines the fates of many of his most infamous characters, such as Lady Macbeth, Ophelia, Cleopatra, Viola, and more. An exploration of womanhood, witchcraft, and friendship, with witchcraft in…

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Theatre Honors Performance: Eddie Wolfson ’23

Theatre Honors Performance: Eddie Wolfson ’23

Sun, March 5th, 2023
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One event on Sun, March 5th, 2023 at 2:00pm

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The Baltimore Waltz by Paula Vogel directed by Eddie Wolfson '23 The Baltimore Waltz follows two siblings as they travel to Europe to seek treatment for a mysterious disorder (Acquired Toilet Disease). Blurring the lines of comedy and tragedy, the play explores memory, the HIV/AIDS crisis, and the grief of losing a loved one. Spring 2023 Honors Performance Repertory Schedule:…

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May 2023

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Theatre performance: SHAKUNTALA: a remix

Theatre performance: SHAKUNTALA: a remix

Thu, May 4th, 2023
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One event on Fri, May 5th, 2023 at 7:00pm

One event on Fri, May 5th, 2023 at 9:00pm

One event on Sat, May 6th, 2023 at 7:00pm

One event on Sat, May 6th, 2023 at 9:00pm

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Directed by Shanti Pillai and Sean Devare Dramaturgy by Amy Holzapfel The Recognition of Shakuntala is a poetic masterpiece by Kalidasa, written in the golden age of Sanskrit theatre, sometime around the 4th century CE and based on a tale from the epic, the Mahabharata. In this contemporary adaptation, we invite our audiences into an immersive experience as we explore…

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Theatre performance: SHAKUNTALA: a remix

Theatre performance: SHAKUNTALA: a remix

Fri, May 5th, 2023
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One event on Fri, May 5th, 2023 at 7:00pm

One event on Fri, May 5th, 2023 at 9:00pm

One event on Sat, May 6th, 2023 at 7:00pm

One event on Sat, May 6th, 2023 at 9:00pm

Directing Studio, ’62 Center
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Cost
$3

Directed by Shanti Pillai and Sean Devare Dramaturgy by Amy Holzapfel The Recognition of Shakuntala is a poetic masterpiece by Kalidasa, written in the golden age of Sanskrit theatre, sometime around the 4th century CE and based on a tale from the epic, the Mahabharata. In this contemporary adaptation, we invite our audiences into an immersive experience as we explore…

Find out more »
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Theatre performance: SHAKUNTALA: a remix

Theatre performance: SHAKUNTALA: a remix

Fri, May 5th, 2023
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One event on Fri, May 5th, 2023 at 9:00pm

One event on Fri, May 5th, 2023 at 9:00pm

One event on Sat, May 6th, 2023 at 9:00pm

One event on Sat, May 6th, 2023 at 9:00pm

Directing Studio, ’62 Center
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Cost
$3

Directed by Shanti Pillai and Sean Devare Dramaturgy by Amy Holzapfel The Recognition of Shakuntala is a poetic masterpiece by Kalidasa, written in the golden age of Sanskrit theatre, sometime around the 4th century CE and based on a tale from the epic, the Mahabharata. In this contemporary adaptation, we invite our audiences into an immersive experience as we explore…

Find out more »
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Theatre performance: SHAKUNTALA: a remix

Theatre performance: SHAKUNTALA: a remix

Sat, May 6th, 2023
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One event on Fri, May 5th, 2023 at 7:00pm

One event on Fri, May 5th, 2023 at 9:00pm

One event on Sat, May 6th, 2023 at 7:00pm

One event on Sat, May 6th, 2023 at 9:00pm

Directing Studio, ’62 Center
Categories:
Cost
$3

Directed by Shanti Pillai and Sean Devare Dramaturgy by Amy Holzapfel The Recognition of Shakuntala is a poetic masterpiece by Kalidasa, written in the golden age of Sanskrit theatre, sometime around the 4th century CE and based on a tale from the epic, the Mahabharata. In this contemporary adaptation, we invite our audiences into an immersive experience as we explore…

Find out more »
Featured
Theatre performance: SHAKUNTALA: a remix

Theatre performance: SHAKUNTALA: a remix

Sat, May 6th, 2023
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One event on Fri, May 5th, 2023 at 9:00pm

One event on Fri, May 5th, 2023 at 9:00pm

One event on Sat, May 6th, 2023 at 9:00pm

One event on Sat, May 6th, 2023 at 9:00pm

Directing Studio, ’62 Center
Categories:
Cost
$3

Directed by Shanti Pillai and Sean Devare Dramaturgy by Amy Holzapfel The Recognition of Shakuntala is a poetic masterpiece by Kalidasa, written in the golden age of Sanskrit theatre, sometime around the 4th century CE and based on a tale from the epic, the Mahabharata. In this contemporary adaptation, we invite our audiences into an immersive experience as we explore…

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September 2023

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Gaudino Creative Residency: A Workshop with Composer, Vocalist, and Writer Truth Future Bachman

Gaudino Creative Residency: A Workshop with Composer, Vocalist, and Writer Truth Future Bachman

Thu, September 28th, 2023
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Theatre Department and  Gaudino Creative Residencies present SONGSPACE A Workshop with Composer, Vocalist, and Writer Truth Future Bachman Open to all! No prior experience is necessary. The song makes a space, and the songwriter is its architect. But how does an artist’s inner landscape transform into music and lyrics? And how can these sounds be used to create story, meaning,…

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October 2023

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Gaudino Creative Residency: Theatre of Cultural Resistance: An Introductory Workshop

Gaudino Creative Residency: Theatre of Cultural Resistance: An Introductory Workshop

Tue, October 17th, 2023
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Physical theatre practices for promoting, protecting and preserving oppressed cultures through co-creation.  In this introductory workshop, we will begin with movement, working to identify each individual body and its potential for acting in the space. Then we will work towards creating a group dynamic, the group being a necessary vessel for cultural transmission.  Finally, we will explore resistance through the…

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February 2024

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Theatre Honors: RUSH: A Greek Tragedy, by Mati Rogers ’24

Theatre Honors: RUSH: A Greek Tragedy, by Mati Rogers ’24

Fri, February 16th, 2024
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One event on Sat, February 17th, 2024 at 8:00pm

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Free

RUSH: A Greek Tragedy A Stage Reading by Mati Rogers ’24 Stage Managed by Catriona Marango '26 & Diliara Sadykova '26 Cookie St. John has a lot on her plate. Zetas have been marrying Sig Phis for generations, and it’s her job as President of Zeta house to make sure that every girl gets her MRS. degree—but the boys are…

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Theatre Honors: RUSH: A Greek Tragedy, by Mati Rogers ’24

Theatre Honors: RUSH: A Greek Tragedy, by Mati Rogers ’24

Sat, February 17th, 2024
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One event on Sat, February 17th, 2024 at 8:00pm

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Free

RUSH: A Greek Tragedy A Stage Reading by Mati Rogers ’24 Stage Managed by Catriona Marango '26 & Diliara Sadykova '26 Cookie St. John has a lot on her plate. Zetas have been marrying Sig Phis for generations, and it’s her job as President of Zeta house to make sure that every girl gets her MRS. degree—but the boys are…

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