Our production program is an integral part of our overall educational process—co-curricular rather than extra-curricular—where students in all areas of the theatre get to test in practice what they are learning in the classroom.  To provide our students with as many practical opportunities as we can and to focus on the learning experience of the process of creating theatre as well as the product of performance, we have a wide range of performances, from the staged reading to the fully-realized production.  This year’s season is below.

Our Season:

 

Main Stage

All evening performances are at 7:30 p.m., except where noted with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Saturdays.

directFEST: Fall 2016

September 28-October 1

Stop Kiss by Diana Sol
Directed by Ciana Proto C’17
The Directing Lab
7:30 p.m. with additional 2 p.m. matinee on Oct. 1

September 26 andd October 1

The Philadelphia by David Ives
Directed by Aaron Sartorio C’18

Suicide Squeeze by Richard Grossman
Directed by Brennan Laskas C’18

The Acting Lab
Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. and Oct. 1 at 5 p.m.
These two performances are FREE

October 19-22 and 26-29

Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Directed by Daniel LaPenta (faculty)
The Thomas H. Kean Theatre
7:30 p.m. with additional 2 p.m. matinees on October 22 and 29

November 16-19

The Fall Dance Show
Directed by Kimani Fowlin (faculty)
The Thomas H. Kean Theatre
7:30 p.m. with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on November 19

November 29 and December 3

New Play Development
Terminal 5 a new play by Emily Pinkos C’17
Directed by Madeleine Blossom C’18

directFEST: Spring 2017

February 8-11

Boys Rule a new play by Hannah Ponturro C’19
co-winner of the 2016 Robert Fisher Oxnam/Ensemble Studio Award in Playwriting
Directed by Emily Dzioba C’18

Then We Went Back by Jihan Crowther
Directed by Aliyah Kiesler C’18

The Directing Lab
7:30 pm with additional 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 11

February 6 and 11

Scenes from two full-length plays

The Acting Lab
Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. and Feb. 11 at 5 p.m.
These two performances are FREE

February 22-25

Fly by Night
Conceived by Kim Rosenstock
Book and Music by Will Connolly, Michael Mitnick, and Kim Rosenstock
Directed by Michelle Taliento C’17

The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre
7:30 p.m. with an additional matinee at 2 p.m. on Feb. 25

April 5-8

Senior Capstone Production
The Directing Lab
7:30 p.m. with additional 2 p.m. matinee on April 8

April 26-29

The Fall Dance Show
Directed by Kimani Fowlin (faculty)
The Thomas H. Kean Theatre
7:30 p.m. with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on April 29

Plays in Process

Plays in Process is designed to aid student playwrights in the development of new work. Playwrights are given the opportunity to explore how their plays function on stage, while at the same time gaining insight into the production process. Each reading is followed by a discussion, during which the audience is invited to offer comments and constructive criticism to the playwright.

Readings take place most every Wednesday at 6:30 pm when there is no mainstage production opening in the Directing Lab. Admission is Free! All are Welcome!

Tentative 2016-17 PiP dates are:

  • Fall ’16: Sept. 21, Oct. 12, Nov. 2, 9, 30
  • Spring ’17: Feb. 1, 15, Mar. 1, 15, 22, 29, Apr. 19

255 Marathons

THEA 255 is our Introduction to Playwriting class, and at the end of each semester, scenes from the class (one by each playwright) are performed in staged readings in the Directing Lab. Admission is Free! All are Welcome!

  • Fall Marathon: December 5 at 7 p.m.
  • Spring Marathon: May 1 at 7 p.m.