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Hamlet

July 14-16, 2017

In the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns

By William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Emily Mendelsohn

Corruption and contempt are at the helm of a world in change. When the ghost of Hamlet’s slain father demands he exact his revenge, the young prince ventures down a path fraught with mounting turmoil. This new adaptation - incorporating music, movement, puppets, and more - probes our relationship to the state, our capacity to trust, and the manifestation of rage into action for the betterment of all.

Free and open to the public. No ticket required.

Cymbeline

July 21-23, 2017

In the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns

By William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Andrew Willis-Woodward

King Cymbeline of Britain arranges the marriage of Imogen, his idyllic daughter, to Cloten, the egotistic son of his vile new Queen. Going against her father’s wishes, Imogen marries poor but noble Posthumus Leonatus. As Posthumus is sent into exile, scheming Iachimo further jeopardizes their union. This Shakespearean fairy tale enlists heroes and villains, disguises and deception, and above all wit to chronicle the lengths we’ll go for love.

Free and open to the public. No ticket required.

this is what it’s like: a soundpainting performance

Thursdays at 6pm, July 6, 13, 20, 27

In the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Composed and Painted by Max Reuben 

decorative.

I want you to try and remember what it was like to have been very young.
And particularly the days when you were first in love.

When you were like a person sleepwalking, and you didn’t quite see the street you were in, and didn’t quite hear everything that was said to you.
You’re just a little bit crazy.
Will you remember that, please?
- Thornton Wilder, Our Town

Soundpainting employs a gestural language to combine music, movement, acting, and more for improvised performance. Steeped in ensemble and spontaneity, Soundpainting remains a pioneering method for interdisciplinary collaboration and performance.

Part of “Late Night at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center”.
Free and open to the public. No ticket required.

12 Ophelias (A play with broken songs)

July 23-24, 2017

In The Old Book Store in College Center

By Caridad Svich
Directed by Heidi Handelsman

Sure, Hamlet ends with a pile of dead bodies on the carpet, but what about the one that landed in the river? Remember her? What if that crazy babe with the flowers rose up out of the river to find herself ravenous, righteous, and dripping with sweetness in a wild new world? Originally developed by members of the Powerhouse Theater Training Company in 2002, 12 Ophelias is a lyrical, sultry odyssey as seen through the eyes of Shakespeare's most beguiled maiden.

Free and open to the public. No ticket required.

One Act Play Festival

July 26, 2017

In Sanders Auditorium

By Members of the Training Company

This night of new works is the culminating event for the writers of our Training Company. Along with their coursework, playwrights observe the process of bringing a script to life in professional rehearsal settings. With the help of a professional director, they implement their newfound knowledge to workshop a play from a body of work developed over the summer. Featuring performances from actors of the Training Company, each play reflects the writer’s unique voice and vision for the future of American theater.

Free and open to the public. No ticket required.

 

Not Not Not Not Not Enough Oxygen

July 28, 2017

In the Mug

By Caryl Churchill
Directed by Members of the Training Company

Post-apocalyptic London, where the air is toxic and morale bleaker still. Vivian longs to move in with Mick, who remembers opening windows to hear the birds sing. Could a visit from Mick’s estranged son Claude be the salvation these weathered souls are seeking?

This production is the culminating event for the directors of our Training Company. Each director receives a portion of Caryl Churchill’s dystopian short Not Not Not Not Not Enough Oxygen to craft and conceptualize individually. On performance night, the scenes come together and are performed in chronological order by actors from the Training Company. See how six distinct visions become one extraordinary live theatrical event. 
 
Free and open to the public. No ticket required.