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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

UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS!

Red

by John Logan
Directed by Kayla Theresa Marshall and Kevin Lundstrom
Fine Arts Center Room 204
Thursday April 18th @ 7pm
Friday, April 19th @ 7pm

Master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two fascinating years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken, in his studio on the Bowery. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing. Raw and provocative, RED is a searing portrait of an artist's ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting. 
Tickets available free at http://tinyurl.com/UMassRED
For more information check out our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/571904646643962/

Gira

created by Lucas La Guardia
Fine Arts Center Room 204 
April 26 @ 8:30pm
April 27 @ 7:30pm and 9:00pm.

GIRA! is a ritualistic performance that uses dance, music, and storytelling to tell the story of the Orixás, the deities celebrated in Umbanda - a religion rooted in West-African Yoruba cosmology. 
GIRA! is an invitation to embark in a journey of self-discovery and community building. Umbanda is a communal practice by nature and we hope to dismantle the separation between audience and performers by inviting you into our ritual. 
Come join us for a night of celebration and kinship! 
More on facebook.
Tickets on Eventbrite.

Bare

Book by JON HARTMERE and DAMON INTRABARTOLO
Music by DAMON INTRABARTOLO
Lyrics by JON HARTMERE
Friday, April 26th at 6:00pm
Saturday, April 27th at 12:00pm and 8:00pm
UMass Amherst Curtain Theater — 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA 01003 
TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bare-tickets-59365430601

“Bare” is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by
Theatrical Rights Worldwide, 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036. www.theatricalrights.com
This program made possible (in part) by UMass Arts Council.
Please note that this show contains themes of violence, drug use, intense language, sex, and death. Suggested audience member age is high school and up. If you have any questions about the show's content, please do not hesitate to reach out at umassbare@gmail.com, where we will be more than happy to discuss the plot more.

The Revolutionists

UMass Amherst FAC 204
Monday, April 29th @ 7:30pm.
Free Admission (limited seating).
This is an enhanced staged reading.

Directed by ERIN NICOLE EGGERS
Featuring:
MAEGAN CLEARWOOD as Charlotte Cordray
JACQUI DUPRÉ as Olympe de Gouges
TATIANA GODFREY as Marianne Angelle
MICHAELA KELLY as Marie Antoinette

A reading. A song. A guillotine. 
Four beautiful, badass women lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror.

Next to Normal

Music by Tom Kitt
Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
May 4th at 1:30pm and 7:30pm
May 5th at 1:30pm.

Next to Normal follows Diana Goodman, wife and mother, diagnosed with bipolar depression after a traumatic event. 
*Warning: this show contains intense language as well as themes of violence, drug use, suicide, and death*
For any questions about this production, or its content, feel free to email us at n2numass@gmail.com
"Next to Normal" is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 423 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019
This show is made possible in part by the UMass Arts Council.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1689797017986243/?ti=icl 
Reserve tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/next-to-normal-tickets-60321401937 

PAST PRODUCTIONS FOR 2018-2019

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 @ 7:30, Dec. 7 & 8 at 10:00
UMass Fine Arts Center Arts Bridge, Room 434

April 4-6
NYPOP, New York City
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