Hampshire College Theatre Board is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 Theatre Season. The season is focused on the voices and experiences of marginalized identities. Our work centers collaboration in our community and beyond; creating new relationships and exploring what has yet to be explored. This season is forging a container for voices to speak in the manner that they choose. Along with the seven productions, workshops, and festivals 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.
By José Rivera
Oct 18, 20 at 8 p.m. and Oct 21 at 2 p.m.
Marisol is about a young Puerto Rican woman living in New York whose guardian angel must leave her to fight in a war against god, and that's just the beginning. The play is rife with fantastical elements and an eerie political landscape in which life and death, safety and danger, are in constant struggle with one another. It is an action-packed play jumping between the uncomfortable, the comedic, and the somber.
Weeping for Life
By Tristan Cameron
Oct 19, 21 at 8 p.m. and Oct 20 at 2 p.m.
Thomas is like any other ordinary young teenager on the brink of adolescence: He's figuring out who he is, and what that even means. Growing up can be hard, but it's even more difficult with a family like his. When the reality becomes too much, the truth is revealed. Weeping for Life is an exploration of identity through healing and the expression of what support still can be even when all your life feels like a lie.
By Aria Acevedo
Main Stage Theatre
Nov 14-17 at 8 p.m. and Nov 18 at 2 p.m.
A magical realist play written in poetic vignettes about a young girl exploring and coming in to her own identity while watching the women in her family confront generational trauma, and struggling to understand her role in her family’s “blessing,” and if this “blessing” is truly a blessing.
Written by Samuel Achilles Edwards
Directed by Ezekiel Baskin
Nov 28 and 29 at 7:30
Caeneus, by Samuel Edwards, directed by Ezekiel Baskin, is based on a myth from Ovid's Metamorphoses, which centers on Caeneus, a transgender male character. Caeneus is granted a wish by Poseidon to transform how people perceive his gender, in order to have it be more in line with his internal reality. He joins Jason's ship The Argo in pursuit of becoming a hero, as he has always dreamed. Things end up, however, being not quite what he expected. Throughout the play, Caeneus seeks to make sense of his own transformation, identity, and relationships, as he grapples with the fact that what he thought was an impossible fantasy is now everyday reality.
Please be advised this play contains suicidalthemes, underlying themes of transphobia, and internalized homophobia.
Crime and Villainy in Pioneer Valley - Escape Room
CS281/IA281 Designing Escape Room
Preview Runs Dec 3-5, beginning at 4 p.m. Please check reservation page for times
Dec 6: Games run an hour, and will begin at 2:00 and run until 10:45
Dec 7: Games run an hour and will begin at 12:45 and run until 10:45
Dec 8: Games run an hour and will begin at 11:30 and run until 10:45
Calling all evil-doers and hench-people! The ever-brilliant villain Madcap is in need of minions to aid in a cunning heist to retrieve a special device. The target will be the secret headquarters of the Pioneer Guardians, the Pioneer City hero team always thwarting villains' plans.
All applications are accepted! Bring your own villainy! No experience required!
Crime & Villainy in Pioneer Valley is a student-designed and -built escape room, the result of an interdisciplinary collaboration between Hampshire College theatre and game designers. In this experience, players will act as a supervillain’s hench-people, breaking into a superhero headquarters to obtain a special device.
Persons of Color Artist Collective
Curated by Hannah Jones
Jan 25 and 26 at 8 p.m.
The Persons of Color Artist Collective is a space specifically created for and by theatre artists of color in the Hampshire community. This collective aims to build a toolbox of techniques, transformative practices, and community. It will be based on the creation of new work and guest artists from in and beyond the Five Colleges; as well as collaboration with current projects that focus on the voices of theatre artists of color in a predominantly white institution
Intimacy in Motion
A Collaborative Production
Feb 20-23 at 8 p.m. and Feb 24 at 2 p.m.
A devised exploration of emotion, education, and social justice framed by the question "What situation or feeling do you desperately want others to understand?" Combining music, theatre, dance, and other multi-media arts, Intimacy in Motion is an encouragement for all of us to share in community understanding.
Stay or Go?
By Tasheena Stewart
Main Stage Theatre
Apr 3-7 at 8 p.m.
A play written about a young girl in her senior year of high school attempting to make the hardest decision: staying home to take care of her sick mom or pursuing college.
Division III Theatre Festival
This festival is a week-long celebration of work by Division III theatre students, performed or presented in traditional and non-traditional spaces across campus.