When a racist incident divides her first-year students, reluctant resident advisor Shelby finds herself in the middle of a conversation she does not want to have. As pressure to address the controversy mounts from residents, the new dean, and even her best friend, Shelby must decide if she will enter the fray or watch her community come apart at the seams.
Sometimes UMass Theater students drift away from their roots once they’ve graduated. Take Alissa Mesibov, for example: “You look at where I started, studying dramaturgy, being a Shakespeare nerd, and here I am now fundraising for civil rights. It’s a bit of a left turn.” But the transition from Shakespeare to social justice did not come out of nowhere — in fact, there's more of a connection than it might seem at first.
The final production of the UMass Department of Theater’s Mainstage 2017-2018 season represents not one, but four graduate student theses! Meet third year graduate students Jen Onopa who is directing The Lily's Revenge.
How Did We Get Here?: Using Verbatim Documentary Theatre to Make Sense of Our Contemporary Political Landscape
In the January 2017, playwright and director Joe Salvatore '97G collaborated with economist Maria Guadalupe (INSEAD-France) to create Her Opponent, a re-staging of excerpts of the 2016 U. S. Presidential debates with gender-reversed casting.