Upcoming Productions and Events

Fall 2015 Theater Production

THE SAINT PLAYS

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THEATER PROGRAM OF BRYN MAWR AND HAVERFORD COLLEGES PRESENTS FALL PLAY, NOVEMBER 13-15, 19-21

Production of Erik Ehn’s The Saint Plays Explores Faith, Sacrifice, and Spiritual Gatherings

The Theater Program of Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges (Mark Lord, Chair) presents four selections from Erik Ehn’s collection of short plays, The Saint Plays, directed by Catharine K. Slusar, a Barrymore Award-winning Philadelphia actor and director and assistant professor in the Bryn Mawr College Theater Program. Playwright Erik Ehn has written over 150 Saint Plays, loosely based on the lives of saints, of which the program will present four: Wholly Joan; The Freak; Thistle; and Tree of Hope, Stand Firm. Of Ehn’s work, Bonnie Marranca, in Plays for the End of the Century, notes, “His joyful drama sings the praises of the poetic voice and image in portraits of people crafted like beautiful holy cards."

In a confluence of forces this fall, Philadelphia emerged as the center of a temporary but powerful spiritual vortex — visited by the Pope and hundreds of thousands of his pilgrims in September and then by representatives of the Dalai Lama and many Buddhist followers as he was honored at the Constitution Center in October. Curious as to what brings people to make sacrifices and journey long distances to witness or partake in these spiritual gatherings, Slusar sought to investigate the extreme sacrifice and faith exemplified in the lives of saints in Ehn’s works. She explains, “Ehn takes the lives of saints and explodes them, putting them into a contemporary or popular context mixed with a dash of mysticism. These plays are about devotion, faith, and the imagination. They ask us to investigate our notion of self, and what we will sacrifice for our beliefs.”

The Saint Plays open the Theater Program’s 2015-2016 season, with six performances (November 13-15 and 19-21) at the Hepburn Teaching Theater (Goodhart Hall, Bryn Mawr College). Opening night is Friday, November 13.

TICKET INFORMATION AND PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Tickets for The Saint Plays are free and available to the public,
while supplies last. Reservations are recommended.

Friday, November 13, 7:30pm - Opening Night
Saturday, November 14, 7:30pm
Sunday, November 15, 7:30pm
Thursday, November 19, 7:30pm
Friday, November 20, 7:30pm
Saturday, November 21, 7:30pm

The Saint Plays is presented in special arrangement with AOI International.

Past Productions and Events

Home is Where Poster Image

HOME IS WHERE: a senior theater thesis
An evening of two original performances:

THIS SIDE UP
a solo performance created and performed by Camilla Dely
a story of coming home, told with christmas lights and crab shells. 

&

B-SIDE YOU
created with performers Amelia Couderc, Erica Rice & Christina Stella 

From within their isolated shelter in a devastated world, their only job is to listen: for contact, a message, a sign of life. As the waiting becomes unbearable, they are both haunted and preserved by their memories of home. How will they hold onto them in this new ritualized existence? 

MONDAY, APRIL 27th
THURSDAY, APRIL 30th
FRIDAY, MAY 1st

All shows @ 8:30PM
HEPBURN TEACHING THEATER
BRYN MAWR COLLEGE

Performances are FREE! Please email Anu Goedhart at agoedhart@brynmawr.edu to reserve a seat.

 

Headlong Performance Institute Workshop FlyerNO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY
YOU CAN MAKE A LIFE AS AN ARTIST
A workshop on creating and living a financially sustainable artistic life

Led by Amy Smith
Co-Director of Headlong 

Monday, April 27
4pm-6pm
@ Common Room of Goodhart Hall
All Bi-Co students welcome

Appropriate for artists of any genre.
We’ll talk about:
—MFA or not to MFA
—Budgeting
—Taxes
—Valuing your time
among other ?s

Follow us at @HPIPhilly
Contact:
Thomas Choinacky
Managing Director
• Headlong 
• Headlong Performance Institute 
1170 S. Broad Street  Philadelphia  PA • 19146
thomas@headlong.org
office  215.545.9195 
fax • 267.687.6630

and / or

Mark Lord
mlord@brynmawr.edu
Professor of Theater and
Theresa Helburn Chair of Drama
Bryn Mawr College

Academic Director
The Headlong Performance Institute

Spring 2015 Theater Production

Crossing Bryn Mawr Poster

Crossing Bryn Mawr
Directed by Adrienne Mackey
Friday-Sunday, Thursday-Saturday, April 10-12, 16-18
Hepburn Teaching Theater, Goodhart Hall

In Crossing Bryn Mawr the audience is invited to imagine the experience of a single student from orientation to graduation transformed into a fairy tale fable. Using the inspiration of the hero’s journey in which a protagonist sets out on a fantastic adventure to overcome a series of obstacles in order to bring back a treasure to their homeland, this story follows the course of a young woman as she sets out in search of knowledge she believes will unlock the future and eventually returns four years as a richer, wiser, and changed person.

Love and Information Poster

Caryl Churchill's Love and Information
Directed by Catharine Slusar
November 2014

Photo of The Serpent Woman Cast

The Serpent Woman
Directed by Aaron Cromie
April 2014
Hepburn Teaching Theater, Goodhart Hall

Photo from Antigone

Fall 2013 Production
Sophocles' Antigone
Directed by Catharine Slusar
November 2013
Hepburn Teaching Theater, Goodhart Hall

Photo from A Play of Hours

Spring 2013 Production
A Play of Hours
Directed by Mark Lord
April 2013
Hepburn Teaching Theater, McPherson Auditorium
and Various Locations In and Around Goodhart Hall
Bryn Mawr College

Photo from Nina Variations

Fall 2012 Production
The Nina Variations by Steven Dietz
An Explosion of the Final Scene of Chekhov’s The Seagull
Directed by Catharine Slusar
November 2012
Hepburn Teaching Theater, Goodhart Hall

Workshop with Performance Artist Tim Miller
April 2012

woman with monkey and a cigarette
BANG!
April 2012

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