A festival for the development of innovative new projects initiated by Dartmouth alumni. Vox Theater (www.voxtheater.org) will be in residence at Dartmouth from June 29-July 7, collaborating on seven new works with Dartmouth students, alumni and faculty.
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For the winning plays of the 2013 Frost and Dodd playwriting contests:
LITTLE LIGHTS by Olivia Scott '13
Full Production, Directed by Jamie Horton
THAW by Aaluk Edwardson '12
Staged Reading, Directed by Marina McClure '04
OUR FATHERS by Mike McDavid '15
Staged Reading, Directed by Marina McClure '04
June 21, 7 pm-10 pm
Callbacks, if necessary, will be 4-6 PM on Saturday.
Audition Sign-up sheets will be posted in Shakespeare Alley in the HOP.
We encourage you to read the scripts in advance.
The Theater Department will present these winning plays at the FROST AND DODD PLAYWRITING FESTIVAL, July 26-28 in the Bentley Theater.
Vox Theater (www.voxtheater.org) will be in residence at Dartmouth from June 29-July 7, collaborating on seven new works with Dartmouth students, alumni and faculty.
Wednesday, July 3 – Hood Museum @ 8 PM
Vox Barter, A thematic collage of new work by Sarah Hughes '07 and Rachel -Karpf '07 directed by Sarah Hughes '07 (Reading)
Friday, July 5 – Bentley at 12 PM
The Bi Project by Katie Lindsay '11 and Daisy Freund '08 directed by Katie Lindsay (Reading)
Friday, July 5 – Bentley @ 6 PM
By So Falling written and directed by Thom Pasculli '05 (Staged Reading)
Friday, July 5 – Bentley 8 PM
Jimmy Carter's Table by Hillary Miller '02 directed by Niegel Smith '02 (Reading)
Saturday, July 6 -- Moore @ 3 PM
Oneida, A New Musical by Beth Blatt '79 directed by Marina McClure '04 (Staged Reading)
Saturday, July 6 – Bentley @ 6 PM
Strange Bare Facts by Kate Mulley '05 directed by Kyle Ancowitz '98 (Reading)
Saturday, July 6 – Bentley @ 8 PM
Judg[ment(al)] by Karisa Bruin '05 directed by Mike Brunleib (Staged Reading)
Presentations of these works-in-progress are free and open to the public. For more information please visit the Theater Department website. (http://www.dartmouth.edu/~theater).
This program is organized by The Department of Theater and is generously supported by the Office of Alumni Relations, the Office of the Dean of Faculty, and the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost as part of Dartmouth's Year of the Arts initiative.
Get a ringside seat for the creation of new American theater: in its 22nd summer residency at Dartmouth, New York Theatre Workshop brings New York theater professionals to Hanover to present readings of six new works-in-progress.
Sat | Aug 3 | 5 pm | Warner Bentley Theater
written & directed by Aaron Mark | performed by Tom Hewitt
Marcus Sharp, a onetime New York actor, recounts in gruesome detail how his obsessions with a man named Jason and the myth of Medea lead to horrific, unspeakable events.
REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY
Sat | Aug 3 | 8 pm | Warner Bentley Theater
by Jackie Sibblies Drury | directed by Eric Ting
Two women (the mother and the girlfriend of a conceptual artist who has vanished) search for clues in his overwhelming body of work.
Sat | Aug 10 | 5 pm | Warner Bentley Theater
created and performed by Kyle De Camp
A meditation on perception, public policy and the significance of the buildings in which we live.
Sat | Aug 10 | 8 pm | Warner Bentley Theater
by TheaterCAN | written by Ido Bornstein | directed by Shlomo Plessner
Welcome to the world of Tal, a set designer for TV commercials. On an empty stage she designs perfect sets for perfect television commercials. She'll do anything to fulfil her father's dream—to become a world renowned artist.
Sat | Aug 17 | 5 pm | Warner Bentley Theater
by Sheila Tousey | directed by Betsy Richards
A funny and passionate tale of one woman's efforts to dine with her demons and heal her hungry heart.
BACHA BAZI (BOY PLAY)
Sat | Aug 17 | 8 pm | Warner Bentley Theater
by Gabriel Jason Dean | directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar
Aaron is an American documentary filmmaker who has come to Northern Afghanistan to shoot a documentary about bacha bazi (literally translated "boy play")—an ancient Afghan tradition in which young boys dress in women's clothing and dance for wealthy warlords at parties. Afterwards, the boys are prostituted to the highest bidder.
Meet-the-Artists Brown Bag Lunch Presentations
Tue | Jul 30, Aug 6 & 13 | 12 pm | Warner Bentley Theater | Free
FALL 2013 MAINSTAGE- MOORE THEATER
BIG LOVE by Charles Mee
"Big Love is a play by American playwright Charles L. Mee. Based on Aeschylus's The Suppliants, it is about fifty brides who flee to a manor in Italy to avoid marrying their fifty cousins. The play takes the plot of the original Greek play into modern times, including such details as having the grooms ambush the brides by helicopter. While the brides and grooms wait for their wedding day, the characters raise issues of gender politics, love, and domestic violence." - Wikipedia
Director: Tazewell Thompson
Set design: Georgi Alexi-Meskhishvili
Costume design: Laurie Churba Kohn
Lighting design: GUEST (To be announced)
WINTER 2014 MAINSTAGE – MOORE THEATER
SPRING AWAKENING, music by Duncan Sheik, book and lyrics by Steven Sater
"Spring Awakening is a rock musical with music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater. It is based on the controversial German play Spring Awakening (1891) by Frank Wedekind which was banned in Germany for some time due to its frank portrayal of abortion, homosexuality, rape, child abuse and suicide. Set in late-19th century Germany, the musical tells the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of sexuality. In the musical, alternative rock is employed as part of the folk-infused rock score."- Wikipedia
Director: Jamie Horton
Set design: Georgi Alexi-Meskhishvili
Costume design: Laurie Churba Kohn
Lighting design: Dan Kotlowitz
"10-minute play festival gives novice actors chance to perform", an article by Lauren Sarner, as it appeared in The Dartmouth, February 5, 2013.
"Varsity Theater", an article by Sara Kassir, as it appeared in The Dartmouth, January 18, 2013
Directed by Ford Evans, in collaboration with Peter Hackett and the Dartmouth Dance Theater Ensemble
Set, Lighting & Projection design: Dan Kotlowitz
Costume Design: Carla D. Richters (based on the original design by Jennifer Moeller '98)
Associate Projection design: Stephen Jangro '11
Stage Management: Kathleen Cunneen
Rehearsal Assistant: Melinda Evans
Choreography: Ford Evans, Anne Munger '13, Laura Neill '13, Roni Nitecki '11
Original Dialogue by Ariela Anhalt '11
April 25-29, 2012
What does it mean to be a Dartmouth theater major? In my experience, it meant classes with the most talented professors and theater professionals in the country, a supportive community in which you can take large risks and grow as an artist, and the resources of an Ivy-League institution. Beat that."
Wheaton Simis '08
Ecole Jacques Lecoq
"As a student in the Department of Theater, I was surrounded by faculty, staff and students who encouraged both my academic and professional growth. I was pushed to ask rigorous questions of and think critically about the history, literature and performance traditions that we have inherited as theater makers. In my lab, the Hopkins center theaters and internships with exceptional institutions, I acquired the basic skills to enter the profession. Because the faculty has substantial relationships with their colleagues in the field, I was introduced to professional companies where I could contribute and continue to learn. I now can trace every professional opportunity I've had back to my undergraduate education and the relationships I forged with fellow students and faculty."
Niegel Smith '02
Freelance theater director &
Artistic Leadership Associate
The Public Theater, New York City
"My time at Dartmouth has been invaluable in my journey as an artist. The faculty and staff are knowledgeable, caring, and accessible, the students are dedicated and passionate, and the quality of production is high. I have been nurtured and challenged, and given opportunities rarely seen in an undergraduate education. My experiences at Dartmouth, both in the classroom and out, have laid a solid foundation that I am excited to build upon in the professional world."
Jen Reiser '09
"I can't think of a better place to study theater than at a liberal arts college, and Dartmouth is one of the best. My experiences in Dartmouth's Theater Department offered me the artistic opportunities afforded in a conservatory setting, but with the bonus of a well-rounded world-class liberal arts education. The theatrical training I received in the Department left me fully prepared to begin my career. Years later, my Dartmouth education has been an invaluable asset."
Colin K. Bills '98
Wooly Mammoth Theatre Company
"The Theater Department at Dartmouth prepared me quite well for a career in professional theater. The faculty and staff are so talented, so encouraging of their students, and the fact that they are currently working in the professional theater world makes them that much more astute about preparing us, and also allows them to better support the students in finding jobs and internships post-graduation.
My strongest experience in which I grew the most was in their support of student productions. My experience as a student director taught me so much about the collaborative nature of theater, everything involved in putting on a show from start to finish, and most of all the responsibilities, professionalism, and work required and expected in the real world. In my first 6 months after graduation I worked at three prestigious regional theaters; I was able to fit in with their high standards and achieve my goals. I attribute much of that success to the strength of the Dartmouth Theater program. They make their students work hard and become very dedicated; through that we learn so much."
Josh Feder '08
THE LIAR, by David Ives
Dartmouth Department of Theater Production, winter 2012
Assistant Director for 1776
Papermill Playhouse, NJ
"The Hopkins Center opened when I was an undergraduate at Dartmouth. I worked in both theaters as an actor and director. It ignited a flame in me. In the past several years, I've had the pleasure of teaching a series of master classes in the Theater Department. The students (both Theater and other majors) amazed me with both the knowledge of their subject and a strong sense of creative open mindedness that allowed for a wonderful exchange of ideas. The flame is still alight."
Paul Binder '63
Founder and Artistic Director
Big Apple Circus
"The Department of Theater was a lifeline for me during my undergraduate time at Dartmouth. Though I had a grounding in Classics and a major in English, the study of drama brought literature to life for me. Acting classes and the dramatic theory course taught me that the craft of theater was as viable and fulfilling a discipline as anything else offered in any division of the Arts & Sciences. Dave Harbour '97's honors production of Hamlet; a wonderful Arcadia starring visiting artist Sam West; and Jim Steffensen's unforgettable Modern Drama class sealed the deal. In fact, it was through Prof. Steffensen's counsel in the theater department that I found my drama school, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and the courage to take on life as an actor. That legacy continues today under Professor Peter Hackett's leadership, with a faculty that's as dynamic as ever, and with a foreign study program that brings together two first-rate institutions: the Dartmouth Department of Theater and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Few liberal arts colleges offer so much to those undergraduates who would take the performing arts seriously."
Craig Colfelt '95
I spent all four of my years at Dartmouth buried in the Hop, and I don't regret a single day. The Dartmouth Theater Department introduced me to stage management (and every other aspect of production) and gave me the tools to build a career in theater. I was lucky enough to get to work with immensely talented people that I'd never have had the chance to meet elsewhere, such as Augusto Boal and the staff of the New York Theatre Workshop, and made connections both at Dartmouth and with visitors that have served me well in my professional life! I had the opportunity to work with some amazing professors and fellow students, some of whom continue to be mentors and colleagues today.
Sara Tantillo '01
Equity Stage Manager
Delaware Theatre Company
Last Updated: 6/18/13