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2014-15 Theatre Season

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The 2014-15 Hampshire College Theatre presents a diversity of voices delivered through an exciting range of approaches to theatre-making.

Tickets may be reserved two weeks prior to the opening of each performance.

The Mixed Race Mixtape
By Andrew Figueroa
Main Stage
Oct. 17-19 and 23-25

Alex Cuevas, the rising Hip-Hop star know as "Q,"  is performing his acclaimed rap album "The Mixed-Race Mixtape" live for the first time. As he takes us through the story of his ambiguously brown identity, childhood memories and recent encounters trigger unexpected and exciting changes as the show unfolds. Watch as Alex struggles to unite his two conflicting sides and begins to become whole through a cabaret style Hip-Hop theatre piece unlike anything you've ever experienced before.

Path of Darkness
By Benjamin Gurin
Studio
Nov 18-23
This play is a crime drama set in post-World War II New York City. It adapts the popular "film noir" genre of the era. With an emphasis on light and shadows, the story follows detective Marla Hunters as she unravels a mystery and uncovers the seedy underbelly of a city in turmoil

Jesus Hopped the A Train
By Stephen Adly Guirgis
Studio
Jan 23-25 and 29-31
Angel is on trial for murder after the lunatic cult leader he shot in the ass experiences complications after the fact and dies. Placed into protective custody with a twenty-three hour lock-down, Angel is allowed into and outside of his cage for one hour a day, where Lucius, a serial killer who has found God, is his only companion. While Angel's public defender fights for his acquittal, Lucius fights--or so he says--to "save" Angel's soul. Pushing against each other, the two inmates try to find solace in this tragic, hilarious, and supremely contemplative examination of faith, justice, beer, and chicken wings.

Eurydice
By Sarah Ruhl
Studio
March 3-8

In Eurydice, Sarah Rhul re-imagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists, and breathtaking visual effects, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story.

Money Play
Created by the Ensemble
Main Stage
Apr. 7-12

Through bold theatrical language, Money Play explores how class cuts across all of our identities, particularly race and citizenship status. Inspired by our stories, imagination, and sense of play, it asks: how do we find home in the shifting terrain of economic inequality? And how can we envision more equitable, common ground? Created by the Money Play course (IA-206) and inspired by conversation across the campus in the fall.

Division III Festival

EDH, Greenwich 1, Roos-Rhodes House,

Apr. 16-19

The festival is a four-day-long presentation of work by Division III Theatre students. This work will be performed in traditional and non-traditional spaces all across the campus

“Piper”
Concieved by Rachel Shainwald
Directed by Fangran Li

In 1284, the small town of Hamelin had some trouble with rats. They skittered through the town day and night, destroying food and merchandise. Just when things were getting out of control, a minstrel came to town and claimed he could rid the people of their plague. The town council had little choice but to hire him, though they didn't know if they should trust him. Who is this person? What will he do? What is his price? A mysterious street musician tells the story as he remembers it, supported and expanded on by shadows on the wall.
Piper is a design driven theatre performance: a retelling of The Pied Piper through shadow puppets and storytelling.

“Second Star
Susannah Holub

Second Star is a devised adaptation of Peter Pan. In this version, the audience is able to follow the storyline of the children embarking on their Neverland adventures, but they can also peek in to see how the disappearance of their children has affected Mr. and Mrs. Darling back home in London. This immersive piece uses the the Centrum Gallery, the Goodreads library, and the Forest Garden (all in and around Donut 1 of Greenwich) as spaces to tell this story. The performance will be happening in all of these places at one time, so it is up to the audience member to explore and catch as many parts of each story as they can. They may even be asked by an ensemble member to join in the story telling and be part of the adventure.

"The Winter's Tale: Part Two"
Will Shattuc

Sixteen years after the first half of the play, Time takes us to the land of Bohemia where a brooding Polixenes and a homesick Camillo turn their attention to the Prince Florizel's love of the once baby, now shepherdess, Princess Perdita. A sheep-shearing, ballads, and real magic in a performance to welcome the Spring. Created by an ensemble cast and staged in the Roos-Rohde House.

“Crabs”
Sophie Kriegel

Crabs is a new dark comedy that looks at the inner workings of a group of women in a small, waspy summer community. We see inside their lives and watch what happens in the wake of a hit and run that brings some of the women together, while tearing others apart.

“Nocturne”
Forrest Hejkal & Thom Mellert

There’s a finality in a fact. The weight of a piano. The length of a 1969 Buick Electra. A terrible accident many years ago still haunts a man. His family has disintegrated, he has difficulty connecting to people, and now he only has you to talk to. Come sit with him as he uses memory, humor, sardonic analysis and vivid storytelling to finally put the past in the past.

"of who we used to be"
Katja Elana Gottlieb-Stier

After an attack longtime couple Liv and Jo struggle to feel whole--together and apart. Through their attempts and failures to communicate, both with each other and with two men who, for different reasons, cannot escape these two women’s lives, Liv and Jo explore how they have changed, in skin and mind, and discover what it is when incredible love falls apart.

"Look/Listen"
Justin Johnson & Sam Whitney

A collection of devised, design driven performances focusing on the integration of technology into story creation and performance. Look/Listen examines the use of elements like lighting, sound, and projection as a forefront in performance as well as a supporting element.”

 

TV-MA
By L.J. Beckenstein
Studio
April 23-25

Do you remember the first sex scene you saw on TV? Were you embarrassed? Excited? What did it teach you? TV-MA explores the intriguing, funny, and complicated ways that tv and movies act as Sex-ed, even if they weren't meant to. A piece of documentary theatre composed entirely of interviews taken from a diverse group of Bostonians, TV-MA explores tv's and film's potential to box viewers in, or to open up, worlds of possibilities.

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