2021-2022 Stage Season
Fall Semester 2021
By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Tara Ahmadinejad
October 21, 22, and 23 at 8pm; October 23 at 3pm
Vera Stark, aspiring actress and maid to film star Gloria Mitchell, will do whatever it takes to achieve her dream, no matter the role. For a Black actress in old Hollywood, there aren’t many parts to choose: when cast, her breakout role is as a stereotypical enslaved person. Decades later, critics and scholars scrutinize Vera’s life and work: Was she a victim of the system or did she subvert it from within? Lynn Nottage’s time-jumping, satirical play examines Vera’s legacy and agency, and issues of representation. See Director's Statement.
By Sarah Ruhl
Adapted from the novel by Virginia Woolf
Directed by Ran Xia
December 9, 10, and 11 at 8pm; December 11 at 3pm
Orlando grew up a boy in Elizabethan England; Orlando awoke a woman during his ambassadorship in Constantinople. Skimming through history, Orlando gained the favor of the Virgin Queen, found his first love during the Great Frost, got herself a husband, and swung through the roaring 1920s. He lived a thousand lives and she a thousand deaths, all as “Orlando” and so much more. See Director's Statement.
Spring Semester 2022
Book & Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechtel
Directed by Lisa Rothe
Inspired by Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic novel, in this moving drama Alison recounts her upbringing with her brilliant and volatile father–a man whose secrets defined the family–while discovering her own sexuality. A refreshingly honest and intimate musical, Fun Home leads diverse audiences on a provocative journey toward acceptance and understanding. See Director's Statement.
Senior Thesis Festival I & II
Two weekends featuring creative and research theses by graduating seniors: performance theses in directing, design, dramaturgy, playwriting, and solo performance, and lecture presentations of senior theses in research. Senior theses in acting have appeared in previous productions.