The 2013 slotting committee is pleased to announce the 2013-14 Hampshire College Theatre Season. This season is a direct reflection of our commitment to the mission of the Theatre Program and represents our diligence in upholding Hampshire's commitment to the principle that a liberal arts education should include a serious engagement with multiple cultural perspectives and diverse subject material.
For information on all upcoming events and guest lectures, please see our full calendar of events
The 2013-14 season represents a wide range of work with an overarching theme examining the liminal space between self and Other. To address this theme, productions will be working with unique audience interactions and powerful subject matter. The season will include concepts of race relations, abuse, body image, and love in order to invite the audience to look at themselves in a critical and thoughtful way.
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Fat. Black. and Ugly
By Eshe Shukura
Oct. 18-20, Oct. 24-26
A performance installation that displays my personal Fat Body. Considers my brown, St. Louis-born, Atlanta-raised skin. Remembers my female body. Explores other fat. Connects to other fat. Exposes, critiques, and invites. Stories are captured. Multiple identities are awakened. Bodies are moving through around, under, above, and between textured spaces. Creating connections that are daring to exist.
How I Learned to Drive
By Paula Vogel
How I Learned to Drive is the honest, unapologetic story of a young girl whose entrance to womanhood is jump-started by an abusive relationship, and the ways that she eventually learns to live a life that she is choosing for herself. This play chronicles the growth of Lil' Bit, a girl brought up in a family who would rather ignore the facts facing them than learn to have open dialogue. It is a depiction of the insidious nature of abuse, the way that lives can be, and often are, molded around its cyclical qualities. Yes, it is a story of trauma, but in the heart of this play, it is the story of resilience. It is the story of a woman who finds that the place where she has endured the most pain is the place where she can be most free.
By Jack Spagnola
Jan. 24-26 and Jan. 30-Feb. 1
Melissa has just received news that her worldwide bestselling novel is now getting made into a movie, and she is ecstatic. When Stew, her struggling screenwriter husband, hears that his pilot will not be getting picked up by HBO, he is devastated. Collaboration is a new comedy that explores what happens when you keep a little too much from your spouse, and tell a little too much to someone who may not exist.
By Jimmy Lovett
Feb. 28-Mar. 2, Mar. 6-8
When a group of college students return to school after a summer apart, they’re excited to see each other again and start a new year. However, their blindness to abuse within their own circle of friends leads to an out-of-control downward spiral with no one to stop it. Relationships and lives fall apart as they struggle to find their places in their own worlds. An exploration of friendship, abuse, love, and depression, Complacency asks the audience who will help those that the system refuses to see.
By Tess R. Ornstein
On one smoldering hot day, the sudden disappearance of five-year old Kea Charmichael sends her multi-racial family into a rapidly declining tailspin. Situated at a time when intersecting oppressions and privileges met head on (Los Angeles, 1992, at the cusp of the Los Angeles and Rodney King riots) Cherubim explores how trauma resurrects supposedly quieted racism in both the systemic and interpersonal spheres. Join us as we radically reconsider familial race relation, notions of trauma, gender politics, and class fluidity (or lack thereof) in Cherubim.
Translation by Zachary Apony
The classic story of Medea written by Euripides will be brought to the Hampshire stage. This saga of an alienated immigrant confronting her lot as a subdued woman in a world dominated by the masculine propriety of a land not her own discusses issues such as immigration culture, ownership of the feminine and maternal identity, and transgression of social taboos in a way that is just as resonant now as it was twenty-five centuries ago. Through a lively adaptation that will involve movement-based performance, a brand-new translation, and a multiracial cast, Medea presents these issues to entertain and confront the Hampshire and Five College community.
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