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The Players Project

THE PLAYERS PROJECT is happy to announce that our 2022 show will be:

THE ROARING GIRL by Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker.

Sebastian and Mary are in love.  However, Sebastian’s father Sir Alexander won’t pay the dowry.  So Sebastian cleverly announces that his affections have turned in a new direction: the notorious Moll Cutpurse.  His father is predictably horrified:  She smokes;  She fights;  She dresses as a man!!  The mutual scheming begins. Sir Alexander and his spy try to prove Moll a criminal; Sebastian and Mary connive to get married; and Moll … well, just what doesMoll want, anyway?  Check out this c.1610 city comedy, based on a true tale from London’s underworld, and find out.

What we are looking for – 8-10 students interested in being part of the performing company. We will read, discuss, adapt and edit the text as a group with the goal of a public performance in early May.

When – We will have weekly rehearsals, held at the UMass Renaissance Center on Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:30.

Interested – Please email the Director of The Players Project, Noah Tuleja, at ntuleja@mtholyoke.edu by Friday, February 11th. Depending on interest there may be an audition process, with rehearsals beginning February 17th and continuing through April 28th. The performance is tentatively set for the weekend of May 7th and 8th at the outdoor stage at the Renaissance Center. 

We encourage students from all the five colleges to apply, as we are committed to a cross-campus company.

The Players Project is a small company of actors—drawn from the Five College community, recent alums, and local professionals—working together on drama inspired by the Renaissance. We work with adaptations of Renaissance plays, as well as plays that deal with the major themes, settings, and questions from the period. We meet at the Renaissance Center (UMass) once a week where we workshop and rehearse toward the goal of a public performance at the close of the semester. With an eye toward engagement with the public, each show will be followed by a talkback and Q&A.  

For a glimpse into The Players Project and interviews with Noah Tuleja, visit the Renaissance Center’s Podcast, Foraging Shakespeare: https://www.umass.edu/renaissance/podcast


  1. For more information please contact Noah Tuleja at ntuleja@mtholyoke.edu.
  2. Noah Tuleja, Assistant Professor of Film Media Theater at Mount Holyoke College, is the Founding Director of the The Players Project and is responsible for play selection, casting, auditions, running the weekly workshop/rehearsal, and staged readings and performances.
  3. Student who join the company ideally will have an interest in both drama and the Renaissance and will be learning how the intersection of the two can be explored through a modern lens. 
  4. The Players Project is not for credit and is fee-free.