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Fall 2020

FEFU AND HER FRIENDS

written by Maria Irene Fornes
Senior Project in Drama members: Brynn Gauthier ’21, Lindsay Irwin ’21, Alexa Lyons ’21, Miku Migita ’21, Elena Rey ‘21
October 16, 17 & 18
There will be no live audience in attendance for this presentation based on the guidelines from Vassar College on gatherings due to the current Covid-19 pandemic situation.
About the play: In 1935, Fefu, and seven of her friends, gather at her New England home. Over the course of a single day, these women grapple with their communal desires, fears, and social limitations.
This play is presented through special arrangements with Broadway Play Publishing, Inc.
For more information contact: boxoffice@vassar.edu

THE MAIDS

Written By Jean Genet
Directed by Senior Project in Drama member: Jacob Ettkin ‘21
October 30, 31 and November 1
There will be no live audience in attendance for this presentation based on the guidelines from Vassar College on gatherings due to the current Covid-19 pandemic situation.
About the play: Two maids are trapped in the apartment of the Madame they work for. When Madame's away, the sisters play a twisted game, role playing the identities of Madame and of each other. The game ends when they kill Madame and escape her apartment. They don't know how to end the game or who they'll become in the process.
For more information contact: boxoffice@vassar.edu
This play is presented through special arrangements with Concord Theatricals.

BURIED CHILD

Written by Sam Shepard
Senior Project Members in Drama: Abigail Goldman ’21, Maxwell Kelly ‘21, Schuyler Osgood ’21, Elijah Solomon ‘21
November 13, 14 & 15
There will be no live audience in attendance for this presentation based on the guidelines from Vassar College on gatherings due to the current Covid-19 pandemic situation.
About the play: Dodge, an aging alcoholic wastes away on the couch watching static on TV. His wife, Halie, berates him for his bad habits while carrying on an affair. Their adult sons carry with them traumas from other times. A child lies buried in the backyard. The only grandson, Vince, arrives and he brings with him an outsider; his girlfriend, Shelly. At first, upset by the strange circumstances, she becomes determined to spill open the family’s secrets
For more information contact: boxoffice@vassar.edu
This play is presented through special arrangements with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

PAST PRODUCTIONS Spring 2020:

Cornelia

By Mark V. Olsen
Directed by Christopher Grabowski
An epic slice of history centering on 1970’s Alabama politics. Beautiful, divorced beauty queen Cornelia Folsom is a force of nature who works her way into the heart of Governor George Wallace. Together they plan to take over the state and then the White House, until an assassination attempt halts his presidential campaign. But no obstacle is too great for Cornelia to overcome, as she secretly harbors her own political ambitions amidst a hostile campaign staff, her rarely-sober mother, and Southern shenanigans in this sweeping, provocative tale of sex, power, and bare-knuckled American politics.
Senior Project Members: Nick Franzen, Emma LaPlace, Avery Vaughn
Campus Guests Only - Reservations required - Very Limited Seating
Reservations open February 13
*a senior project in Drama
This production made possible through special arrangements with Samuel French, Inc.

February 27, 28, 29, at 8:00pm and February 29 at 2:00pm
Streep Studio, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

Jacob Liss '20 Senior Thesis

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THE CULTURAL LIGHTNESS OF HORRIBLE THINGS: Or UDO AND FRITZ DIG THEIR OWN GRAVES WHILE WE WATCH AND LAUGH
Two hapless soldiers, Udo and Fritz, having been ordered by their magnanimous and infallible government to commit a particularly gruesome and unsightly act, are sentenced to die for doing precisely what they were told, but not before they dig their own graves so they can think about what they've done. To pass the time they probe the deepest depths of not only the soil before them, but also their psyches: the proper times to use alliteration, the ideal haunting practices of ghosts, the virtues of choux pastry, and, most importantly, how deep should a hole really be.
3:00PM

Saturday, April 11, 2020
ZOOM WEBINAR

h.b. floating palace (Friday, May 1 at 9:30am - more dates below)

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an original play by Rahul Makwana '20*, directed by Henery Wyand '20*, production management by Sarah Rivers '20*
May 1 & May 2 EDT 9:30am & 8:00pm (see time zone listing per dates)
h.b floating palace is a meditation on the life of an elderly Indian couple—Sher and Puja—who, after spending twenty years in a suburban home in Massachusetts, suddenly find themselves living on a houseboat in the scenic Kashmir Valley in Northern India. Originally intended as a retirement, and an escape, Sher and Puja soon find that their new life in Kashmir does not free them from the past. As Sher searches for a missing childhood friend and Puja attempts to keep family disputes at bay, the play explores how two tragic events--the 1947 partition of India-Pakistan and the Kashmir conflict--continue to shape national identity and state formation in India today. h.b floating palace repeatedly blurs the fault lines between the past and the present, memory and imagination, personal and collective trauma, romance and suffering, nostalgia and tragedy, mapping the story of Sher and Puja’s life onto the arbitrary border lines that have shaped India in the past seven decades.
a radio play presentation

Friday, May 1 at 9:30am = EDT East Coast
Friday, May 1 at 10:30am = JST Japan
Friday, May 1 at 7:00pm = IST India
Friday, May 1 at 6:30am = PDT West Coast

*a senior project in Drama

h.b. floating palace (May 1 8:00pm)

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Friday, May 1 at 8:00pm = EDT East Coast
Saturday, May 2 at 9:00am = JST Japan
Saturday, May 2 at 5:30am = IST India
Friday, May 1 at 5:00pm = PDT West Coast

h.b. floating palace Saturday, May 2 at 9:30am

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Saturday, May 2 at 9:30am = EDT East Coast
Saturday, May 2 at 10:30pm = JST Japan
Saturday, May 2 at 7:00pm = IST India
Saturday, May 2 at 6:30am = PDT West Coast

h.b. floating palace Saturday, May 2 at 8:00pm

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Saturday, May 2 at 8:00pm = EDT East Coast
Sunday, May 3 at 9:00am  = JST Japan
Sunday, May 3 at 5:30am = IST India
Saturday, May 2 at 5:00pm = PDT West Coast 

Mississippi Mud (May 14 (preview) registration link)

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an original play by Shona Tucker, Directed by Logan Pitts '17*
May 14 (preview), 15 and 16 at 7:00pm AND May 17 at 5:00pm
synopsis: Set in 1923 on the Mississippi-Alabama line, Mississippi Mud by Shona Tucker, based on a true story, is the first part of a trilogy about the African American female journey to selfhood. This piece is a coming of age story of Patsy Hubbard, Jr., a tall, angular, gangly sheltered black girl of the Alabama small town of Aliceville. In a heightened story theater style, we journey with Patsy as she discovers some harsh realities about her world.
*Supported in part by the Martha W. Farmer Visiting Artist Program

7:00pm
ZOOM PRESENTATION

Playbill link for MISSISSIPPI MUD

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Mississippi Mud (May 15 registration link) 7:00pm

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Mississippi Mud (May 16 registration link) 7:00pm

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Mississippi Mud (May 17 registration link) at 5:00pm

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