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.
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 in the creation of new work, guest artists from in and beyond the 5-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 both traditional and non-traditional spaces across campus.