Upcoming Productions

SPRING 2015 THEATER PROGRAM AUDITIONS!

AT BRYN MAWR:

Thursday, January 22

6:00pm to 10:00pm

Goodhart Common Room

AT HAVERFORD:

Saturday, January 24

11:00am to 2:00pm

Stokes 102


Interested in auditioning for the spring semester Theater Program show? This will be a “devised” piece—that means that the director and actors will work together to create the show, and the show will focus quite a bit on the experience of being at Bryn Mawr as a student. The working title of the show is currently “Crossing Bryn Mawr.”The director, Adrienne Mackey, will be a guest faculty member in the Theater Program this semester, and she is also the artistic director of Swim Pony Performing Arts, a Philadelphia theater company.

EVERYONE (really—EVERYONE) is welcome and invited to audition: Bryn Mawr students, Haverford students, people with tons of acting experience, people who have never even considered acting before! Come join us—we want to meet you.

For the audition: 

Please sign up for an hour-long audition slot—you’ll find a sign-up sheet outside the Teaching Theater in Goodhart. During this time you will participate in a brief warm up, play a few games, work with a text (see below) and learn a short song.

No previous experience is needed in acting or music. Below is a short bit of text from the play Phaedra (translated by Hughes). This will be something we play with during the hour workshop. You don’t have to memorize (though feel free to) but having read it through out loud a few times might help.  

Yes, their love exists.
It exists and it will last.
I cannot bear to imagine it.

Short Description:

What if the journey of college were abstracted into a myth?

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.

More details on the narrative to be created:

The world is a bright, colorful and fantastic one. There is a sense of this story like a myth – a timeless place that is both incredibly old but not in any literal moment from the past. There is a sense of myth and symbolism, of magic realism. The story will be told in four acts – each representing a year of Bryn Mawr – in which the main character travels to a different land (each with a unique color, sound and texture) and interacts with the unique challenges and inhabitants of its landscape. Freshman year might become a giant ocean in which our wanderer is first immersed and almost drowns until she finds a life raft that brings her to a hospitable island. Sophomore year could become a dense forest in which the same character has to navigate a series of paths (a stand in for deciding a major) each leading to a potentially different outcomes. Junior year could be a trial in a land of fire, in which all childish interests are burned away. The final year could be the sky itself in which the character must take only those things which are intangible into their heart and fly back with the knowledge gained.

The process will ask students to identify key buildings, experiences, people and traditions and then find exciting and theatrical ways to heighten these ideas into fable elements. A book may become a trusted friend, finals transformed into a gorgon that re-appears at the trial in each of the four locations, fear and a sense of overwhelming workload may become a sand pit that the young woman has find her way out of. Unique elements to the Bryn Mawr experience will be gleaned from rehearsals and abstracted. Lanterns from the lantern ceremony might become a swarm of fireflies, flowing around the space as our heroine enters this new place. Songs and chants will definitely be a huge theme – something that is repeated and complexified around her. As she continues, she (and the audience) will hear these mysterious tunes again and again. The style of delivery may be sung, incantation, heightened language in a poetic style.

One last element that I’d like to include is a sense of a line of such protagonists having made this journey/trial and that this woman we see begins as a freshman and ends the story by becoming one of the chorus, herself continuing the chain of passing on of knowledge to the next one student beginning fresh as a newly inducted explorer.


Spring 2015 Theater Production

Directed by Adrienne Mackey
Friday-Sunday, Thursday-Saturday, April 10-12, 16-18, 7:30 PM
Hepburn Teaching Theater, Goodhart Hall


Past Productions

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

Antigone
November 2013

Photo from A Play of Hours

A Play of Hours
April 2013

Photo from Nina Variations

The Nina Variations
November 2012

Workshop with Performance Artist Tim Miller
April 2012

BANG!
April 2012

woman with monkey and a cigarette

Listen to Me
November 2011


Stop Kiss
Spring 2011 Student Theater Festival
April 2011

 

Alice Underground
November 2011

Alice Underground

Spring 2010 Student Theater Festival
April 2010

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