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Hampshire College Theatre Board is pleased to announce the 2015-16 Theatre Season. This season takes us on journeys of story and process: stories filled with love and love lost, and reflections on sex, violence, and power. These productions will ask questions of us, rather than give us the answers. They seek different ways to explore theatre-making.
Along with the six productions listed below, the Hampshire College Theatre Program produces work by students in venues all over the campus and the community at large. Please check the website for announcements of additional student work throughout the year.
We are excited to share these stories with you.
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Unapologetic: a collection of narratives
Unapologetic is a collection of women-centric pieces. This series of works will present several different narratives performed in the same space. What does feminist theatre mean to the individuals who experience it? What conversations are created post performance when one person considers a piece to be feminist and another does not? How can one space support three different narratives without claiming a universal experience? Featuring: Marisol by Jose Rivera, Haiku by Katherine Snodgrass, and selections from 365 Days/365 Plays by Suzan Lori Parks
Love in a Fallen City
By Eileen Chang
Adapted by Xingying Peng
Main Stage Theatre
Liusu is being pressured by her family to return to her deceased husband’s household and perform the traditional duties of a widow. She meets the spoiled British-born Chinese man who was originally intended as a match for her sister. Their relationship takes a sharp turn as the Sino-Japanese war falls on China.
Cloud Lands: A Division III workshop
By Skye Murie
Are you supposed to be here? Things are not quite what they seem. A land that is at once familiar, yet strange. A seismic shift could occur at any moment--and what exactly is on for tea?
Part memoir, part imagination, Cloud Lands is an immersive installation performance that invites the audience to enter a world where the plant life might have a mind of its own, natural disasters almost always happen, and you can always find someone hanging up washing.
Pullman Car Hiawatha
By Thornton Wilder
Main Stage Theatre
Feb 19-21 and 25-27
Thornton Wilder’s Pullman Car Hiawatha is a one-act play set on a train traveling from New York to Chicago in December of 1930. When Harriet dies, conventional time is suspended, and the only true measures of existence are life and death. As a result of the following metaphysical journey with personified places, hours of the day, the weather, the planets, and supernatural beings, we return to reality with a new realization of our own identity in this vast universe.
Hot ‘N’ Throbbing
By Paula Vogel
March 24-26 and 31; April 2
Hot ‘N’ Throbbing is a fast-paced and cinematic one-act by Paula Vogel. We are swept into one turbulent night in the life of Charlene, a woman who writes screenplays for a feminist erotica company to make ends meet. As a suburban dusk settles, her two teenaged children (wavering at the edge of sexual discovery), her dangerous but sympathetic husband, and two Voices join us. Stakes rise swiftly in this dark, funny, poignant, and violent blur of red light, seduction, and fear.
Division III Festival
The festival is a week-long presentation and celebration of work by Division III Theatre students. This work will be performed or presented in both traditional and non-traditional spaces all across the campus.