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  • A message from Conservatory Director Jack Tamburri:

    I write to inform you that the Conservatory of Theatre Arts, in accordance with responsible practice of social distancing to mitigate the possibility of COVID-19 affecting our campus, is cancelling all public performances this semester. 

    This weekend and next week’s performances of the Purchase Performance Lab, Marisol, and A Bright Room Called Day are cancelled.

    All performances next week and the week after of What To Send Up When It Goes Down are cancelled.

    Future performances of A Number, Twelfth Night, The Laramie Project, Make It Play, and Gunshot! Doorslam are cancelled.

    I am sorry to inform you of this decision, though I know it is in the best interest of our entire community.

    If the opportunity for public showing of any of these projects presents itself in the near future, I will of course update the campus.



    Jack Tamburri

    Director, Conservatory of Theatre Arts 


    By José Rivera

    Directed by Dennis Hilton-Reid

    Friday                    3/13/20                7:30 PM

    Saturday              3/14/20                1:30 PM

    Thursday             3/19/20                7:30 PM

    Saturday              3/21/20                7:30 PM

    When her guardian angel joins a rebellion against a senile God, Marisol Perez of the Bronx is left to fend for herself in a surreal and apocalyptic New York City. Rivera’s blazingly original comic nightmare captures the anxieties of living in a world where the ultimate authority has been overturned, and no one has the answers anymore.


    A Bright Room Called Day

    By Tony Kushner

    Directed by Jessi Hill

    Saturday              3/14/20                7:30 PM

    Wednesday        3/18/20                7:30 PM

    Friday                    3/20/20                7:30 PM

    Saturday              3/21/19                1:30 PM

    Kushner’s 1985 play, set simultaneously in the ’80s and the ’30s, provocatively equates the silence of the Reagan administration in the face of the AIDS crisis to the genocide of Nazi Germany, and posits that that silence may spawn a violently narrow view of just who can be American.


    What To Send Up When It Goes Down

    By Aleshea Harris

    Directed by Elizabeth Van Dyke

    Friday                    3/20/20                7:30 PM

    Saturday              3/21/20                1:30 PM

    Saturday             3/21/20                7:30 PM

    Wednesday        3/25/20                7:30 PM

    Thursday             3/26/20                7:30 PM

    Friday                    3/27/20                7:30 PM

    Saturday             3/28/20                1:30 PM

    Saturday              3/28/20                7:30 PM

    The play is actually a community ritual created in response to the deaths of Black people as a result of racialized state violence. Lines between characters and actors blur, and so do lines between performers and audience. When performance and reality collide, our society’s absurd and violent anti-Blackness becomes unavoidably visible. Through dialogue and ritual we decide how to cope, resist, and move forward.


    Twelfth Night

    By William Shakespeare

    Directed by Eric Powell Holm

    Thursday             4/23/20                7:30 PM

    Friday                   4/24/20               7:30 PM

    Saturday              4/25/20                1:30 PM

    Saturday              4/25/20                7:30 PM

    Wednesday          4/29/20                7:30 PM

    Thursday              4/30/20                7:30 PM

    Friday                   5/1/20                   7:30 PM

    Saturday              5/2/20                   7:30 PM

    What do I have to turn myself into in order to deserve love? In the play Harold Bloom called “the greatest comedy ever written,” a woman disguised as a man finds herself the object of a grieving countess’s intense affection, while a Puritanical steward gets what’s coming to him. A mostly-female cast promises to square the hilarity.


    The Laramie Project

    By Moisés Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project

    Directed by Dennis Hilton-Reid

    Friday                 4/24/20            7:30 PM

    Saturday            4/25/20            1:30 PM

    Saturday            4/25/20            7:30 PM

    Friday                  5/1/20              7:30 PM

    Saturday            5/2/20               1:30 PM

    Saturday            5/2/20               7:30 PM

    The Sophomore Acting Company makes their debut in a studio production of the legendary documentary theatre piece about the 1998 murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming and its consequences for a community.

  • Helen

    Adapted by Ellen McLaughlin from the play by Euripides

    Directed by Jack Tamburri

    Thursday             9/26/19                7:30 PM

    Saturday              9/28/19                7:30 PM

    Wednesday        10/2/19                7:30 PM

    Friday                    10/4/19                7:30 PM

    Saturday              10/5/19                1:30 PM

    In this fresh take on Euripides’s tragicomedy, Helen never went to Troy but spent the war fought in her name in an Egyptian hotel room waiting for her husband Menelaus to find her and take her home. Bewildered by her strange escape from her own story, Helen must contend with the power and prison of her legendary beauty and ultimately must determine her own fate no matter what the story says.


    Bastille Day

    By Edwidge Danticat

    Directed by Alex Correia

    Friday                    9/27/19                7:30 PM

    Saturday              9/28/19                1:30 PM

    Wednesday        10/2/19                7:30 PM

    Friday                    10/4/19                7:30 PM

    Saturday              10/5/19                6:00 PM

    Purchase is proud to present this new play by Edwidge Danticat, renowned fiction writer and this year’s Roy and Shirley Durst Distinguished Chair in Literature. At a dinner party in Miami, two powerful expatriate Haitian couples discuss the fate of their country after the earthquake.


    Bibles and Candy

    By Dorothy Fortenberry

    Directed by James Palmer

    Friday                    9/27/19                7:30 PM

    Saturday              9/28/19                1:30 PM

    Tuesday               10/1/19                7:30 PM

    Thursday             10/3/19                7:30 PM

    Saturday              10/5/19                8:00 PM

    Inside the cultural isolation of an American-run guest house/orphanage in Haiti, a bunch of expat visitors to the island collide and connect more intensely with each other than with any Haitians, who are peculiarly absent from the play. We meet the missionary, her teenaged daughter, a journalist, Millennial tourists, and a do-gooder environmentalist, but who are they here to help, and is what they’re doing actually helping? What could go wrong when everyone has such good intentions?


    The Wolves

    By Sarah DeLappe

    Directed by Sarah Elizabeth Wansley

    Friday                    10/18/19              7:30 PM

    Saturday              10/19/19              1:30 PM

    Saturday              10/19/19              7:30 PM

    Wednesday        10/23/19              7:30 PM

    Thursday             10/24/19              7:30 PM

    Friday                    10/25/19              7:30 PM

    Saturday              10/26/19              1:30 PM

    Saturday              10/26/19              7:30 PM

    Over the course of a season’s triumphs and defeats, a girls’ soccer team takes to the field in this comic and bracing group portrait of young women coming of age in contemporary America.




    Blood Wedding

    By Federico García Lorca, translated by Langston Hughes, adapted by Melia Bensussen

    Directed by Dean Irby

    Friday                    10/25/19              7:30 PM

    Saturday              10/26/19              1:30 PM

    Saturday              10/26/19              7:30 PM

    Wednesday        10/30/19              7:30 PM

    Thursday             10/31/19              7:30 PM

    Friday                    11/1/19                7:30 PM

    Saturday              11/2/19                1:30 PM

    Saturday              11/2/19                7:30 PM

    In the hill country of Spain, a man learns his former fiancée is to be married, and a passion awakens in him that will not be quenched until he has destroyed her wedding day. Lorca’s gorgeous, poetic tragedy explores the mystery of love and questions the social rules of civilized life.



    By Caryl Churchill

    Directed by Chris McCann

    Friday                    11/15/19              7:30 PM

    Saturday              11/16/19              1:30 PM

    Saturday              11/16/19              7:30 PM

    Wednesday        11/20/19              7:30 PM

    Thursday             11/21/19              7:30 PM

    Friday                    11/22/19              7:30 PM

    Saturday              11/23/19              1:30 PM

    Saturday              11/23/19              7:30 PM

    One of our greatest living playwrights evokes the oppressed lives and damaged souls of a community of women farm laborers in rural England. Spooky and stunningly theatrical, the play exposes the underbelly of capitalism, the prison of gender roles, and the complicated dynamics of sexuality.

  • New Plays Now (FALL)

    Directed by Terrence Mosley

    Opening November 8, 2019

    New short plays by students in the Playwriting program, performed by Theatre Conservatory actors.


    Make It Play (SPRING)

    Directed by Jack Tamburri

    Opening May 1, 2020

    An anthology of performances devised by Playwriting and Acting students together in the Making New Plays class.

2019 20 Theatre Season