Sarah Lawrence College Theatre Program • Fall 2020 Season
THERE IS ONLY THEN AND NOW - Sept 30, 2020 @ 8pm EST (First Look Reading)
By Karen Loewy Movilla • Directed by: TBD • On the night of her twenty-first birthday she was sexually assaulted by someone she loved and trusted. Birthday struggles along with accepting her situation- do she stay in the relationship when they’ve crossed the line? Or what if it doesn’t feel like assault? How do we address the grey areas?
FLOAT, OR: HOW I LEARNED TO SWIM - Oct 14, 2020 @ 8pm EST (First Look Reading)
By Mollie Gordon • Directed by: Ally Thomas • Over the course of one night, Lia takes action on her romantic feelings and avoids taking action on her self-care. Eventually she arrives at some sort of self-awareness, aided by text and phone conversations with her best friend, new friend, mom, and an elusive love interest.
FLUSH - Oct. 23 @ 8pm & 24 @ 11am, 2020 EST
Written by Hallie Riddick • Directed by Amanda Card
In the Deep South of the United States, four girls meet in the woods. They perform rituals, sing, and pray to gain freedom from their abusers and rid themselves of grief. What happens when they realize that there is no way out but violence?
NEW WORKS - Nov. 6 @ 8pm & 7 @ 11am, 2020
Cope in Wonder • Written by Lily Welsh • Directed by Kyrie Ellison • Cope in Wonder follows Hildy, a human, and Alice, something else, as they stumble into some real magic, finding happiness along the way. An exploration of Jewish spirituality through queer identity, bloody sacrifice, mad science, robotic burlesque, and a sadly joyful dance party.
EXIT HERE - Oct 28, 2020 @ 8pm EST (First Look Reading)
By Jade Barnett-Irons • Directed by: Sarah Brownstein • This is a play about three people in a car, stuck together on the road to a family funeral. Neither Olivia nor her devoted fiancé, nor his romantic but scattered brother, want to upset their delicate balance, but inevitably someone has to take the wheel and rethink their delusional life.
TWELFTH NIGHT - Nov. 20 @ 8pm & 21 @ 11am, 2020 EST
By William Shakespeare • Directed by Amelia Bethel • Gender, desire, reason, and ships are all flipped in one of Shakespeare’s most popular romantic comedies. Viola loves Orsino, Orsino loves Olivia, and Olivia loves Cesario who is actually Viola in disguise...only time will untangle this knot! Love triangles and crossed garters abound in this hilarious and timeless play.
PLAGUED - Dec. 4 @ 8pm & 5 @ 11am, 2020
Devised from Camus • Lead Artist Chanel Smith • Through this multimedia, virtual, and in person live performance, Our Plague, is a devised narrative expressing lived experience in the new Covid-19 altered world. Based on Albert Camus’ The Plague, our narrative revolves around social disruptions that uncover the chaos we most fear. Our Plague is more than a virus and we are all infected.
OUR HISTORIA - Dec 16, 2020 @ 8pm EST (First Look Reading)
By Rachel Saruski • Directed by Zoe Stanton-Savitz • Pochita comes to America looking for a means to survive and finds her lifeline within a Jewish-Hispanic family in Miami. Incorporating English, Spanish, and Sign-Language, this play follows how the Saruski family immerses a stranger into their lives in a story of acceptance, suffering, and celebrating one's own uniqueness.
This You. This Me. This Us. This Breath. This Spark. This Vision. This Life. This Place. This Moment. This Pause. This Sky. This Light. This Landscape. This Story. This Poem. This Song. This Action. This Connection. This Work. This Love. This Friendship. This Care. This Space. This Community. THIS TIME.
We are living through a disruptive, destabilizing, and historic time. In the winter we walked through a door and instantly our lives and the world were turned upside down by the pandemic. So much has been lost or abandoned in the global crisis, but there is so much we can hold onto.
This time we share.
This space we make.
This community we create.
The stories we tell have power in the turbulence we are living through. Theatre does not dissolve in these tectonic shifts; it provides a primal source of energy, connection, and change. This fall we will connect, share, reflect, and celebrate to envision and build a better world.