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The Training Company

Measure for Measure

July 13, 14, 15, 2018

In the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns

By William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Andrew Willis-Woodward

In a time that could be now and a place that could be here, a "fair, virtuous maid" is forced to plead to the government for her brother's life. Surely the stern, well-reputed Deputy will listen, without abusing his power over her. If not the Deputy, surely the all-powerful Duke, upon hearing her plight, will hear her without any thought for himself? If not the Duke, surely a lord, or some other official, or a friend, or even her brother? Questions of law, authority, power, and patriarchy are explored in a new ensemble adaptation of Measure for Measure, with music and movement created by the cast.

Free and open to the public. No ticket required.

As You Like It

July 20, 21, 22, 2018

In the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns

By William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Doug Paulson

Do you believe in love at first sight? …or too much of a good thing? What would happen if a family feud forced you out of familiar trappings and propelled you headlong into a world full of surprises? Follow Orlando, Rosalind, Celia and Touchstone into the forest of Arden to search for the banished Duke, and watch them as they discover so much more than they bargained for!

Free and open to the public. No ticket required.

I’m Trying to Tell You Something Important

July 5, 12, 19, 26, 2018

In the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Composed and Directed by Max Reuben

Hello. Thanks for coming. Why don’t you take a seat? I have something to tell you. It’s important. It’s going to be hard to put it into words, but I’m going to do my best. Please keep an open mind. Don’t be scared, it’s nothing bad. It’s just... important. 

I'm Trying to Tell You Something Important utilizes the gestural composing language of Soundpainting to combine acting, music, movement, and storytelling to create a spontaneous, ensemble-based improvised performance about how hard it can be to say what we feel. 

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

Metamorphoses

July 22, 23, 2018

In the The Mug in the College Center

By Ovid (Translated by Ted Hughes)
Directed and Adapted by Elizabeth Hess

A man is transformed into a woman by snakes. A boy drowns in his own image. A daughter smashes through taboos to mate with her father. A goddess aches to make love with beauty incarnate. A runner stumbles into love.

This is the world of Ovid’s Metamorphoses where dreams and desires erupt, collide and interact with the supernatural. Bodies are magically transformed, and psyches are suddenly altered as insatiable wants become feverish and frenzied. Mortals and gods commingle in the dark recesses of the Underworld or breathe in the intoxicating fumes of the Overworld. Extremes of passion drives these tales. Passion that is ecstatic. Passion that is doomed. Passion that is relentless. Passion that is irrational. Passion that is totally recognizable as being all too human.

Free and open to the public. No ticket required.

One Act Play Festival

July 25, 2018

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 27, 2018

In the The Mug in the College Center

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 distinct visions become one extraordinary live theatrical event. 
 
Free and open to the public. No ticket required.