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Div III Fest theater festival, April 19–23
This festival is a week of presentations and celebrations of works by Division III theater students, performed or expressed in traditional and nontraditional spaces across campus. Tickets for all shows can be reserved at the door or online at div3fest.brownpapertickets.com.
the summer i slept through to sunday: A Division III by Kayla Girdner April 19 at 5:00 p.m. in the Lobby of Emily Dickinson Hall
the summer i slept through to sunday is a devised, physical theater piece that explores healing, through a movement-oriented abstraction of conversations. Where does healing happen? How does healing happen? Can it happen at all? What does it take to cycle through healing towards a hopeful growth (?) an almost growth (?) an almost healing (?)
Other show times include:
Thursday April 20, 5:00 p.m.
Friday April 21, 5:00 p.m.
Saturday April 22, 5:00 p.m.
Sunday April 23, 7:00 p.m.
48 North: A Division III by Dani Aldrich on April 19 at 7:00, 9:00, and 10:00 p.m., in Emily Dickinson Hall, MainStage
We are not alone. Humanity has confirmed radio contact with an extraterrestrial species, and the question is no longer if, but when they will visit us. Set in an abandoned gas station, this audience-immersive piece explores design-driven story telling and the cultivation of fear. Through exploration and interaction with the set, lights. and sound, audiences discover the story of the gas station and the fate of two scientists in their quest to study alien life. Please be advised this show uses small spaces, low lighting, fake blood and the use of a gunshot sound effect.
Thursday April 20, 8:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.
Friday April 21, 8:30 p.m., 10:00 p.m.
Saturday April 22, 9:30 p.m.
Sunday April 23, 3:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
Exquisite Corpse: A Division III by Emilia Vecchiarelli April 19 at 8:00 p.m. in Emily Dickinson Hall, MainStage
Join us for this beautiful, design-driven exploration of light design and dance, a collaboration of strong femme minds. This movement-based piece is a narration of our everyday lives; through bodies, sound, and light we journey through themes of mental and physical illness, queerness, loss, and love.
Thursday April 20, 7:00 p.m.
Friday April 21, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday April 22, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday April 23, 2:00 p.m.
10 Items or Less: A Division III by Ford Kelly-Riley on April 21 at 6:00 p.m. and April 22 at 4:00 p.m. in Emily Dickinson Hall, MainStage
A grocery store. A local election for mayor. A murder. A laugh track. Come see how all of these elements come together to form the dark comedy 10 Items or Less! You may or may not be complicit in the action.
Gutless and Grateful: A Division III by Amy Oestreicher April 22 at 5:30 p.m. in Emily Dickinson Hall, MainStage
You never know what you're capable of until you are truly tested. Gutless & Grateful is the musical comedy about surviving life changes overnight. In this one-woman musical, Oestreicher weaves her near-death experience and inspiring perspective through interwoven song and dialogue, comedically highlighting struggles, triumphs and beautiful detours in her life . Featured on TEDx, Huffington Post and NBC's Today Show, the 70-minute musical chronicles "thriving" through a decade of trauma, including an original song written by Kathie Lee Gifford & David Friedman. Oestreicher has been touring her show for five years internationally at universities, theaters, and conferences as a program on mental health education, sexual assault prevention, and leadership development.
Earthen Hymns: A Division III by Dylan Welch April 22 and 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Roos-Rohde House
Fibers: A Division III by Amy Oestreicher April 22 at 8:00 p.m. in Emily Dickinson Hall, MainStage
In the words of the show's creator Amy Oestreicher, "Fibers is a dramatic documentary performance piece, presented as a workshop, based on oral histories I've conducted with various family members from Israel to Prague, Belgium, California, New York, Washington, Chicago, and Florida. It is the story of my grandmother, who survived Auschwitz at 18 years old, the courageous journey of her eight brothers and sisters, and the acts of bravery performed by my great grandfather, who brought the entire family to New York after the war. The piece explores how history and memory is passed down through generations, how trauma affects a family, and the resilience required to survive, thrive, and continue a legacy. Most importantly, the piece is a testament to my grandmother, a seamstress who, as my uncle Morris said, was the 'right arm' of the family, who created the strong tapestry of fibers that proudly make up who I am."
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