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A festival for the development of innovative new projects initiated by Dartmouth alumni, Vox Theater will be in residence at Dartmouth from June 29-July 6, collaborating on up to six new works-in-progress involving Dartmouth students, alumni and faculty. This year, see four of the works for the price of one festival pass. Festival Passes are $13 (only $5 for Dartmouth students) and may be purchased here.
In addition to the four festival-pass events (July 5 & 6) please note there will be two FREE events this year:
VOX BARTER on July 2 and HAZE on July 5 & 6 (information below).



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2 pm | Warner Bentley Theater
by Kate Mulley '05, directed by Lily King '07
(admission included in festival pass)
length: 1 hour/no intermission; age appropriateness:  ages 14+
Henry is dying. To cope with his illness, he begins to believe that he is Oliver Henries, a 19th century dandy with a predilection for women and excess. Henry's girlfriend Gert is watching Henry die. To cope with Henry's illness, she seeks comfort and advice online and dives into a fantasy world of her own. Filled with a cast of characters real and imaginary from the past and the ether, Pox is a play about illness, stigma, and living and dying in the 21st century.


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7 pm | Warner Bentley Theater
created by Karisa Bruin '05
directed by Thom Pasculli '05
written by Beth Blatt '79, Hannah Chase '06 and Andrew Dahl '05
(admission included in festival pass)
length: 1 hour/no intermission; age appropriateness: ages 10+
A handful of Chicago improvisor-actors get teamed with a coupla New York writers and a Chicago theater director to create a full-length show in a one-week residency at Dartmouth College without any preconceived ideas.




2 pm | The Moore Theater
by Aleshea Harris
directed by Marina McClure '04
(admission included in festival pass)
length: 1 hour and 20 minutes/no intermission; age appropriateness: ages 14+(for strong language)
Road Kill Giant is a darkly comedic circus-play which explores themes of loneliness, trauma, and transformation. Each character struggles with being a "freak" in their own way: Girl's body and memory have been shattered by a devastating accident, Duke is a lonely dropout whose only friends are the roadkill he dissects, Mother is so distraught that she seeks connection with a circus bear and Ringmaster's desire to rekindle his relationship with his wife is played out perversely in front of a live audience. In a gritty landscape rife with magical happenings, we see how these lives intersect and reaffirm the universal nature of love and loss.
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7 pm | Warner Bentley Theater
by Howard Fishman
directed by Sarah Hughes '07
(admission included in festival pass)
length: 75 minutes/no intermission; age appropriateness: PG
Describing Connie Converse is difficult, not least because we're not sure whether to use "is" or "was" to refer to her. An obscure singer-songwriter in 1950s Greenwich Village, Connie wrote pages of music that transcends time, then abruptly disappeared in 1974. She left goodbye notes that aren't quite suicide notes, and nobody ever found any trace of her. Hers is one of those stories you can't quite believe hasn't been told yet, and, for that matter, can't quite believe, period. Using found materials – Connie's personal letters and journals, previously unheard recordings of her songs, and firsthand recollections from those that knew her – uncovered through painstaking research into her life, this project attempts to capture the mysterious magic one feels upon hearing Connie Converse for the first time, while at the same time examining personal (and universal) issues of alienation, the leading of multiple lives, and what it means to be an artist.



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7 PM, Wednesday July 2
Hood Museum
Vox Barter is an opportunity for students, faculty, alumni and community members to create and experience a collage of new work that blends art and information in and around the Hood Museum.

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HAZE  (Note: each walk is limited to 12 only; email to register)
4 pm on both Saturday and Sunday| Meet at the entrance to the Moore Theater
created and performed by Niegel Smith '02
length: 70 minutes (intense, with periods of rest); age appropriateness: 16+ (R)
Walks are participatory and may rely on sensory-based techniques, the creation of new folk rituals and/or other artist-derived exercises to explore one's self, the group and a given space.
Do you want in? We just might have something that you want. As a Fraternity brother, as a casting director, as a member of Christian churches and exclusively gay organizations, as an enfranchised citizen of the US, as a part of any exclusive group, artist Niegel Smith has had many opportunities to consider the ways in which social, political and religious organizations both support and impede a broad and inclusive view of self and others.On HAZE, he invites participants to join in poetic rituals (songs, gestures, oaths and drinks) some old, some brand new, in an attempt to form, gain access to and critique exclusive communities. We will open our borders to some, close them off to others. But will we survive if we do? Will we thrive if we do? Let's walk and see.
This year's program is organized by The Department of Theater and is generously supported by the Office of Alumni Relations, Vox Theater, the Monahon Family Fund and other donors.

Last Updated: 7/3/14