Upcoming Productions and Events

Eurydice Poster ImageFall Fall 2016 Theater Production
Eurydice
Directed by Catharine Slusar
Friday–Sunday, Thursday–Saturday
November 11-13, 17-19, 7:30 PM

Click Here to Reserve Tickets Online

Tickets for Eurydice are free and the production is open to the public.

Reservations can be made

 

Save the Date!
Spring 2017 Theater Production
Friday–Sunday, Thursday–Saturday
April 7-9, 13-15, 7:30 PM

Past Productions and Events

Spring 2016 Theater Production

SHAKESPEARE'S KING LEAR

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THEATER PROGRAM OF BRYN MAWR & HAVERFORD COLLEGES PRESENTS SHAKESPEARE’S KING LEAR APRIL 8-10, 14-16

Production Inspired by Work with Philadelphia Middle-School Students and Trip to Iceland as Part of Bryn Mawr College’s 360° Program

The Theater Program of Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges presents a production of Shakespeare’s King Lear, directed by Professor of the Arts and Director of the Theater Program Mark Lord, and featuring Barrymore Award winning actor and Assistant Professor in Theater Catharine Slusar. The play is being produced by faculty, staff, and students participating in a "course cluster" in Bryn Mawr College's unique 360° Program. The Spring 2016 360°, Shakespeare in Global and Local Landscapes,” consists of two classes in the Theater Program: Advanced Performance Ensemble, taught by Lord, and Acting Across Cultures taught by Slusar.

The semester-long, interdisciplinary experience immerses the students in both teaching and performance and offers them the chance to work on the text of King Lear with both local and international creative communities. Students and faculty in the 360° course cluster travel into Philadelphia once a week to work and study with a group of eighth-grade students at the E.M Stanton School as they examine how the action of Shakespeare’s text relates to a contemporary urban setting. The students, faculty, and staff also traveled to Iceland over spring break for research, cultural exchange, and rehearsal. Iceland’s incomparable, dramatic landscape lent an extraordinary setting for an examination of the theme of the "perturbed natural world" of King Lear. To read more about this adventure and for information on related events, visit the Shakespeare in Global and Local Landscapes blog.

King Lear closes the Theater Program’s 2015-2016 season, with six performances (April 8-10 and 14-16 at 7:30pm) at the Hepburn Teaching Theater (Goodhart Hall, Bryn Mawr College). Opening night is Friday, April 8.

TICKET INFORMATION AND PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Tickets for King Lear are free and open to the public. Reservations can be made online at https://brynmawr.wufoo.com/forms/theater-reservations/, via email to reservations@brynmawr.edu, by phone at (610) 526-5210, and in person at the Bryn Mawr College Office for the Arts (Goodhart Hall).

Performance Schedule:

Friday, April 8, 7:30pm - Opening Night
Saturday, April 9, 7:30pm
Sunday, April 10, 7:30pm
Thursday, April 14, 7:30pm
Friday, April 15, 7:30pm
Saturday, April 16, 7:30pm

360°: Shakespeare in Global and Local Landscapes

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This semester, two classes in the Theater Program create a "course cluster" in Bryn Mawr College's unique 360° Program.

Advanced Performance Ensemble taught by Professor and Theater Program Director Mark Lord and Acting Across Cultures taught by Assistant Professor Catharine Slusar will use the text of King Lear to "approach Shakespeare as both a way of responding creatively to the contemporary world and as a way to create community and a context for learning."

The semester-long, interdisciplinary experience takes our students into Philadelphia once a week to work (and play!) with a group of eighth-grade students at the E.M Stanton School, and on a international trip to Iceland to explore the theme of the "perturbed natural world" as it relates to Shakespeare's text. To read more about this adventure, visit the Shakespeare in Global and Local Landscapes blog.

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) presented 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 in fall 2015, 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 was presented in special arrangement with AOI International.

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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

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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

Upcoming Events

Listen to Me
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Stop Kiss
Spring 2011 Student Theater Festival
April 2011

 

Alice Underground
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Spring 2010 Student Theater Festival
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Artists Cafe

April 2010

Offending the Audience
November 2009

Faith, Hope, and Charity
November 2008

Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights
November 2007

Bryn Mawr at the Fringe Festival
September 2007

Midsummer Night's Dream
November 2006