Sarah Lawrence College Theatre Program
Spring Season 2020
A Note From the Director of the Theatre Program
When we make theater and performance, can we infuse every
choice and action with diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, joy,
and liberation? As artists in the theater, we process, reflect,
disrupt, and make culture. Our justice work can be embedded in
everything we do. We have the opportunity to point at the
problems, embody empathy, and construct futures every time
we enter a classroom, lab, rehearsal room, creative meeting,
and performance. We not only create stories; we build critical
space to be fully engaged with each other.
Now more than ever, I believe our society is actively searching
for places to gather, reflect, and build better and more sustainable futures. We as theater and performance makers can offer some of those gathering spaces; stories and situations for reflection; and speculative actions to inspire.
Below is our adapted remote season offering us unique perspectives on the actions of assembly and togetherness in this physically distant time.
Sarah Lawrence College Theatre Program • Digital Performance Season • Spring 2020
First Look Reading: We Have Always Lived in a Castle – April 8th, 2020 at 6pm EDT
By Annabel Cantor • Directed by Katy Snair • My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood. I am eighteen years old, and I live with my sister Constance. I dislike washing myself, and dogs, and noise. I like my sister Constance, and Richard Plantagenet, and Amanita phalloides, the death-cup mushroom. Everyone else in my family is dead. First-
thewaves-or-untitled – April 18, 2020 at 3pm EDT
Choreographed and Assembled by evan ray Suzuki • Developed with the Ensemble • Deconstructed from Virginia Woolf. thewaves-or-untitled is a radical deconstruction of Virginia Woolf's experimental novel from 1931, "The Waves," through writing, dance, and experimental modes of performance. We have superimposed our own content and crafted new stories from personal narratives and interests, highlighting fascinations with internet culture, digital sexuality, cinematic memory, and popular media. Initially conceived as a live performance, thewaves-or-untitled is now reimagined as a digital performance experience. Our investigations now take the form of a literal embodiment of our interest in the relationship between selfhood and a Post-Internet landscape through the use of the Tumblr platform to present our work.
Think Tank #3 with Kate Bornstein and Dan Hurlin
Dan Hurlin (Director of the Theatre Graduate Program) will talk with actor, writer, gender theorist, Kate Bornstein for our final Think Tank this year. “Since 1989, trans trailblazer Kate Bornstein has—with humor and spunk—ushered us into a world of limitless possibility through a daring re-envisionment of the gender system as we know it. Today, Kate identifies as nonbinary: not a man, and not a woman—and she’s been writing about nonbinary gender identity for nearly thirty years.” (Source - katebornstein.com)
Grads Solos - No Paint, No Fire – April 29 - May 8, 2020
Original solo performance pieces written, directed, and performed by each of our seven second-year grads. Each piece receives two public performances in a rotating schedule.
3D Woman Human – May 7, 2020
The final project for Contemporary Collaborative Performance, a class comprised of our first-year MFA candidates. For this project, we endeavored to adapt to the Covid-19 Pandemic by adjusting our largely collaborative process of making original theatre to creating a series of short, unique, and personal video pieces assembled with a similar level of inquiry. We structured the process so that each person would be a lead artist/creator/writer with another colleague serving as a director and outside eye. Some folks opted to create small solo works as well, as inspiration and time allowed.
First Look Reading: a written demand of sequential happenings – May 6th, 2020 at 6pm EDT
By Gillian Hansen-Kaufman • Directed by Maximillian Howard • I’m probably going to get cancer but it’ll probably be cured by then, right? [or] not the worst thing to ever happen in the canon [or] just kidding, it’ll be heart disease that gets me! [or] why did this get chosen? [or] we dip. [or] wouldn’t you like to know?