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The Players Project

Are you interested in being part of a small cross-campus company of actors?  Are you fascinated by the drama and history of the Renaissance? Would you be interested in exploring and performing modern dramatic texts (think Shakespeare in Love) based in the ideals of the Renaissance world?  Then the Players Project may be just what you’re looking for!

The Players Project is a chance for a small company (6-10) of Five College actors to work on modern texts that are influenced by the Renaissance. This may include modern plays set in the Renaissance, modern interpretations of Renaissance texts, contemporary plays that deal with major themes from the Renaissance and other possibilities that fit within this general theme.  The structure of the project would consist of one weekly meeting, approximately three hours, at the Renaissance Center at UMass. In the course of one month a chosen text would be read by the company, textually analyzed for performance, cast and rehearsed with a public staged reading at the close of the month, with a talkback to follow.  If the pilot exercise goes well the hope would be to continue the project throughout the academic year, focusing on one text each term and culminating in a more fully realized performance at the end of the academic year.

Some Particulars:

  1. The company of actors will be chosen from a series of auditions, with ideally 2-3 performers from 3-5 of the five colleges.
  2. Noah Tuleja, Director of Theatre at Mount Holyoke College, will serve as the Artistic Director of the The Players Project and will be responsible for play selection, casting, auditions, running the weekly workshop/rehearsal, and any other needs for the staged readings/performances.
  3. Any student chosen to be part of the company should ideally have an interest in both drama and the Renaissance and how the intersection of the two can be looked at through a modern lens. It is also understood that if cast in the company you will be available for the weekly workshop/meeting and any other added rehearsal that may be needed before the final performances.
  4. At the moment, this is a pilot project, as such is does not carry any credit or fee with it. It is a chance for a select group of actors, to work as a company, in a workshop setting and delve into multiple texts, without the constraints of a more traditional academic environment.  The hope is to find a group of students who are excited about the idea of being part of a cross-campus company of actors and are dedicated to discovering what that can become using modern interpretations of the Renaissance as the touchstone.

For more information please contact Noah Tuleja at ntuleja@mtholyoke.edu