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April 5, 2007

   

Bryn Mawr-Haverford Theater Program's
Third-Ever Student Theater Festival Continues

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The second round of shows in the Bryn Mawr-Haverford Theater Program's Third-Ever Student Theater Festival brings an installation piece described as an attempt to talk to Nietzsche, a vaudeville-style musical, a love story with septuagenarian protagonists and puppets for grownups. The performances, all conceived and directed by students with the support of Theater Program faculty, begin next Wednesday, April 11, and continue through Saturday, April 14. There will be three performances of each show, and performance times are staggered. To reserve a ticket, e-mail theater@brynmawr.edu.

Performance Schedule:

First Love. Charles Mee's "First Love," directed by Haverfordian Jorge Rodriguez '07, will kick off the second round of the festival. Here is the playwright's description of the hourlong piece: "Two people in their seventies fall in love — for the first time in their lives. And, as they work their way toward one another through the accumulated baggage of their lives, they move in fits and starts toward sabotaging the last chance for love they'll ever have." The performances will take place in Goodhart Lobby on Wednesday, April 11, Thursday, April 12, Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14, at 9 p.m.

Zarathustra. Masha Kapustina '07 presents an idiosyncratic response to an influential philosopher with "'Thus Spoke Zarathustra,' F. Nietzsche," characterized as "Cheap Theatre Installation/Silent Auction on Great Ideas." Kapustina describes the piece as an attempt "to talk to Nietzsche through his Zarathustra and to the viewer through my cheap theatre installation I will not narrate Zarathustra's life story nor will I unveil mysteries of Nietzsche's philosophy. I will show you the battle Nietzsche offered me to fight with myself. Thus, I invite you to walk through this 'battlefield' with me and find out at the end what is your way for, as Nietzsche tells us, 'the way does not exist'!" The installation will be presented on Thursday, April 12, Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Goodhart Music Room.

Puppets and Vaudeville. Two original plays will be presented on Goodhart's main stage as a double bill on Thursday, April 12, Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14, from 7 to 9 p.m.

"Puppet Love," is written and directed by Flora Shepherd '07, who also built the eponymous puppets and trained the puppeteers. The production uses live acting, singing, masks, static trapeze work and several styles of puppet arts to tell a dark love story. Jeanie is a disillusioned young performer looking for her big break. In a desperate moment, she finds artistic success working for a puppet booth in a surreal circus. The relationship between Jeanie and the troubled circus master/puppeteer, Rick, unfolds in the surprising environment of his circus world, a world in which anything seems to be possible. Please note that this production is not intended for children under 12.

"Back and Forth" is written by Mariel Rosati '08 and Sheerley Zinori '08, directed by Rosati and choreographed by Zinori. In this vaudeville-style musical, a young performer traveling to her next theatrical venue falls asleep and is magically transported to the present day. Once there, she finds herself in the company of a film starlet who is in hot pursuit of a stage career that she is not quite equipped to undertake.

 

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