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Student Work Series

In addition to our mainstage productions, UMass Theater proudly invites community members to investigate the many student-produced works that make our department such an artistically-vibrant place. Works include original scripts and adaptations by students, collections of short plays or scenes, cross-genre experimentation and explorations of theater's new directions. Come get a glimpse of what the new generation of theater artists are up to!

Each work is different, but the story gives a sense of how student works can offer opportunities for students to put into practice various aspects of what they learn here. (One of our students, Jessi Dimmock, wrote a story about Carrie, which was one of the pieces presented during the 2017-2018 Student Works Series and gives a sense of how one such production came together.)

Performances are held in the department and other spaces around the campus. Shows are usually open to the public and free, but seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Productions for the 2018-2019 School Year

Queer and Now: Sync or Swim

QUEER & NOW is a devised physical theater project that fuses drag, lip syncing, choreography, and gender play to create an evening of celebration and protest. Sync or Swim is the second installment of the series, combining ancient world mythologies with contemporary pop music to create a tapestry of our impending new queer world. From fresh takes on Mami Wata and Demeter, to Narcissus and the Selkies, QUEER & NOW: Sync or Swim embraces our possible future through queering the past. wearequeerandnow.com 

Dec. 6 & 7 at 7:30, Dec. 7 & 8 at 10:00
UMass Fine Arts Center Arts Bridge, Room 434
FREE ADMISSION — GET TICKETS: http://bit.ly/2F0xrQE
This event was made possible (in part) by grants from the UMass Arts Council and the Commonwealth Honors College.


Past Productions and Events, 2017-2018 School Year

Below are photos and a listing of events produced by students during the 2017-2018 school year.

student small model of stage set

Click to view a selection of images from several student works produced during the 2017-2018 school year.

THICK SKIN     
Directed by Gustavo Torres
Nov. 15, 16  @ 8pm
Nov. 29, 30   @8pm
235 E. Hadley Road
"In a generation that couldn't be more liberal and accepting, Thick Skin looks at who really controls the conversation, and whether good intentions are always enough." 

QUEER AND NOW
Devised by company
Directed by Garrett Sager
Dec. 1 @ 7:00pm and 9:30pm
Dec. 2 @ 7:00pm
French Hall Room 102
"Conceived by director Garrett Sager in response to the increased anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric in American culture, QUEER & NOW disrupts oppressive narratives through the celebration of queerness as an act of radical dissent."

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
Devised by company
Directed by Jen Onopa
Dec. 4th @ 5:30pm
Old Chapel auditorium
An interview-based theatrical collaboration between UMass Theater students and the UMass Veteran Resource Center looking at the unique experiences that veterans have had while integrating into campus life.   

JESUS HOPPED THE A TRAIN
By Stephen Adly Guirguis
Directed by Tatiana M. Rodriguez and Tyler DiBenedetto
Dec. 14, 15, 16 @7:30pm
Artsbridge (FAC 4th floor)
"A critically acclaimed piece which focuses on criminal justice and mass incarceration, while exploring moral culpability and religious faith."

CARRIE THE MUSICAL
Directed by Erin Hamilton
Jan. 26, 27
Old Chapel

A NUMBER
by Caryl Churchill
A reading directed by Garrett Sager
Feb. 5 & 6 at 7:30
Room 204, Fine Arts Center

QUEER & NOW
Friday, March 2 at 9:30
Saturday, March 3 at 7:00 & 9:30
Fine Arts Center Room 204
A Lip Sync Spectacular returns to UMass this March! QUEER & NOW is a new theatrical event that fuses drag, lip syncing, music, poetry, choreography, and gender play to create an evening of celebration and protest. Conceived in response to the increasing anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric in American culture, QUEER & NOW disrupts oppressive narratives through the celebration of queerness as a radical act. 

1675 
A new musical by Jasmine Goodspeed
March 30 at 7 p.m.
March 31 at 2 and 7 p.m.
Fine Arts Center Room 204
A new musical about the tragedy of Deer Island

SIS! HOW'D YOU GET THERE!
A screening of a documentary and a photo art gallery by Sabine Jacques
April 27 at 7 p.m.
New Africa House

ONE SPANISH EYE
A new devised dance theatre piece directed by Jasmine Mary Caamaño
Performance dates: April 27&28 at 7:30 p.m.
FAC Room 204

MUSICAL THEATER CLASS SHOWCASE
Monday, April 30 at 7:30pm
The Curtain Theater 

PRIDE GOETH BEFORE THE FALL
A thesis project by Devon Lennon — a contemporary adaptation of "The Persians" by Aeschylus
Tuesday, May 1st at 7:30
FAC Room 204

SPELL #7
By Ntozake Shange
Directed by Sabrina Victor
Performance dates: May 3, 4, 5
Upper Rand Studio
A choreopoem for the stage

RITE OF PASSAGE
By Izzy Salant
Directed by Andrew Kim
May 4 & 5 at 7:30, May 5 at 2
Fine Arts Center Room 204
Ticket reservations: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rite-of-passage-tickets-45163582491
David Greenbaum, a Jewish journalist in his late 50s, has just lost his wife, Maura, to suicide. He is now faced with the task of raising his son, Harold, who has mild autism, on his own, in the middle of planning for his Bar Mitzvah.

PLAY IN THE WOODS
Claudia Nolan’s MFA Thesis
May 5, 2-4 p.m.
Amethyst Brook Conservation Area, Amherst, MA
Come any time between 2 and 4pm and wander through the woods to experience som personal stories about fairytales.

35MM: A MUSICAL EXHIBITION
Directed by Erin Hamilton
Music direction by Sean Sanford
Performance dates: May 5 and 6
Curtain Theater

UNGROUNDING
Gabriel Harrell and Vishnupad Barve
May 6 at 4:30 p.m.
Park Hill Orchard in Easthampton 

DETONATED LANGUAGE SHOWCASE
Extremely explosive theatrical material
May 7 at 7:30 p.m.
The Curtain Theate