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Fall 2021, The Season of Encounter

The theatre is most often understood as a medium that centers storytelling.

Our rich tradition of dramatic literature supports this. The importance of storytelling is emphasized in our training across the Conservatory: we teach that images, designs, and performances are yoked to story and must be rigorously tested for their relevance to the story being told. Being audience to a powerful act of storytelling is among the richest experiences in life.

But right now, in August 2021, we propose that the theatre is the site of an even more urgently-needed experience: the encounter.

We are going on 18 months now of interrupted, mediated, restricted encounters, and that challenge is not over. This semester, we are navigating a restored on-campus population and the return to a great many face-to-face activities in the midst of an ongoing pandemic and ever-increasing social fragmentation. The need for vigilance in our day-to-day lives is as present as ever. We must be wary of touch, proximity, breath for our own health and that of our communities. We are still talking through masks and into cameras, trying to reach one another. So the Conservatory of Theatre Arts is focused on bridging that divide. We are committing our storytelling to a purpose beyond the sharing of the story itself. We are using our performance and design skills, communication technologies, and collaborative methods to land in one another’s eyes, ears, minds, and hearts despite the barriers between us. To get the point across, the point being here I am and there you are, so what will we do about it?

…to encounter one another as fully as possible.

Fall ’21 Performance Season

The students, faculty, and staff of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Purchase College are proud to announce our fall 2021 season. All of our work this semester will be produced and performed in compliance with the campus’s COVID-19 policies, including face-covering, vaccination, and visitor protocols.

Off-campus guests are welcome to attend our performances. All off-campus guests will be required to present either:

  • Proof of vaccination against COVID-19.
  • Proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19 received within 72 hours of the performance. Rapid tests will not be accepted.

Off-campus guests will also need to present valid identification that confirms the name on the vaccination/test documents.

The State of New York’s Excelsior Pass application can serve as proof of vaccination.

If you do not have these documents at the door, you will be turned away and will not be able to see the performance.

For more information about any of these productions, please contact Conservatory Director Jack Tamburri.

Past Events:

The Pirandello Party

Adapted from the writing of Luigi Pirandello
Directed by David Bassuk

December 14-16, 2021
Old Administration Building

Acting Company 47 produces an immersive, site-specific performance in an unexpected location on campus, in collaboration with students in New MediaTheatre & Performance, and the Conservatory of Dance.

The Pirandello Party will be open only to on-campus audiences of faculty, students, and staff of Purchase College.

Digital playbill for The Pirandello Party


Theatre & Performance Presents: a reading of Golondrinas

Monday, December 13 at 10:30am
Neuberger Museum & remotely on Zoom

Please join us for a reading of GOLONDRINAS by innovative Mexican playwright Gabriela Román, in a brand-new English translation by the students of Professor Andrea Thome’s Modern Hispanic Theatre. The reading will take place in person in the Neuberger Museum gallery, in dialogue with the exhibit “The Rise of a Social Consciousness in the Arts of Mexico since the Revolution.”

In GOLONDRINAS, three children migrate in search of their families and a better tomorrow. They cross a whole country on dangerous paths that force them to create a fantastical world, an Odyssey of their own, in order to make their perilous journey bearable. Three lives converge on a shared road of survival, friendship and loyalty.

The reading itself lasts about 45 minutes, and will be followed by a short Q+A with the playwright. If you are attending in person, please RSVP directly to andrea.thome@purchase.edu so you can be added to the list. You can also join the event remotely through the link below.

Translated by: Michel Chahade, Royce De Jesus, Leslieann Flores, Mauricio Gonzalez, Jaheim Menzie, Briani Questelles, Randy Santana Hidalgo, Dilia Urbaez, and Rossy Veras.

Gabriela Román is a playwright, director, actor and translator who lives in México City. Her texts have been presented and published in New York, Iowa City, México, Spain and Argentina. Her work has received multiple awards, including the “Independiente de Joven Dramaturgia por Escorzo,” and her play Cósmica was a finalist for the International ASSITEJ-Spain prize and her play Iridiscentes for México’s Mancebo del Castillo National Young Playwriting prize. She has received FONCA’s (National Fund for the Arts and Culture) fellowship grant for Young Creators twice, and has been invited to artistic residencies in New York (at The Lark), Argentina, and Canada. Her play Quetzalli has been translated into Portuguese, and her play Cósmica was translated into English through The Lark’s México-U.S. Playwright Exchange.


Frame(D)

Written & Directed by Leah Bickley
Production Stage Management & Assistant Direction by Paola Solis-Ramirez
Dramaturgy by Ryan LeViness
Featuring Brielle Nostro & Ryan LeViness

12/2-4, 2021
Durst Humanities Theater

An original capstone project created and produced by seniors in Theatre & Performance.

Digital playbill for Frame(D)


Life Is A Dream

Written by Pedro Calderón de la Barca
Adapted by Gloria Cardona
Directed by Tatyana-Marie Carlo

11/19-12/4, 2021
PAC Abbot Kaplan Repertory Theater

Acting Company 46 performs in a new adaptation of the classic, created for their voices in collaboration with Theatre Design/Technology.

Digital playbill for Life Is A Dream


Theatre & Performance Presents: a Son Jarocho songwriting workshop with Sinhué Padilla-Isunza

Monday, November 22 at 10:30am
Presented fully remotely on Zoom

Please join us to observe a Son Jarocho verse-writing workshop with master musician Sinuhé Padilla-Isunza, hosted by Professor Andrea Thome’s Modern Hispanic Theatre course!

An expert practitioner and teacher of Son Jarocho music from Southeastern Mexico, Sinuhé will give a musical demonstration of Son Jarocho’s history in bringing together indigenous, Spanish, Roma, and African influences since the time of the Spanish colony, and how it lives on today in communities across Mexico and the U.S.

Then he and Prof. Thome will lead students through a playful, interactive writing workshop in which students in the room will generate material from their own stories and shape it into verses – and which Sinuhé will accompany with music!


The Black Creatives Collective

November 18-20, 2021
CMFT Performance Studio

Hunter X Hollingsworth & Friends: Who Tells Your Story?

Created by and featuring Hunter Hollingsworth
Directed by Tahlia Holmgren

Digital playbill for Hunter X Hollingsworth & Friends: Who Tells Your Story?

For Colored Women

Created by and featuring Fatou Diouf, Dematria Mugeni, Ayeraye Hargett, Aicha Barry, Anna Fofana, Jewel Victor, Kailee-Jade Berrios, Jiejer Patrick, and Alyssa Stanley

Digital playbill for For Colored Women

A double-bill of original capstone projects created and produced by seniors in Theatre & Performance.


Theatre & Performance Presents: Asian American Performers Action Coalition

Tuesday, November 16 at 11:00am
Presented fully remotely on Zoom

A special discussion hosted by Visiting Assistant Professor Michi Barall’s Asian American Theatre and Performance course!

The class will be joined by Pun Bandhu and Nandita Shenoy, steering committee members of AAPAC – The Asian American Performers Action Coalition.

AAPAC publishes The VISIBILITY REPORT which has tracked representation of BIPOC artists on NYC stages. In 2020 AAPAC won an OBIE for their diversity advocacy work. All members of the community are welcome to join the discussion. If you are interested in EDI advocacy, please join us! (Pun and Nandita are also accomplished actors, writers and producers!)


How I Learned To Drive

Written by Paula Vogel
Directed by Mari
Featuring Shelby Kline, Caroline Loftus, and Mikayla Schaefer

November 11-13, 2021
CMFT Performance Theater

The Pulitzer Prize-winning play, produced as a capstone project by seniors in Theatre & Performance.

Digital playbill for How I Learned To Drive


New Plays Now

Directed by Jessi D. Hill

Saturday, November 6, 2021
CMFT Performance Theater

A festival of short works written by students in the Playwriting program, performed by Acting Company 47.

Digital playbill for New Plays Now


My Love Letter to Godzilla

Created and Performed by Vincent Granata
Directed by Joey Taylor

November 4-6, 2021
CMFT Performance Studio

An original capstone project created and produced by seniors in Theatre & Performance.

Digital playbill for My Love Letter To Godzilla


Theatre & Performance Presents: The Body As the Instrument of Creation

Monday, November 1 at 9am
Presented fully remotely on Zoom

An interactive workshop hosted by Assistant Professor Andrew Saito’s Intro to Theatre & Performance course!

Performance artist and activist Violeta Luna will invite participants to activate the relationships among theatre, performance art, and community engagement.

We highly recommended reviewing Violeta Luna’s work in advance.

The workshop will last about 60 minutes.


Babette’s Feast

Conceived and developed by Abigail Killeen, written by Rose Courtney, adapted from the short story by Isak Dinesen
Directed by A. Dean Irby

October 23-30, 2021
PAC Abbot Kaplan Repertory Theater

Acting Company 47 in their first full-scale production at Purchase College, in collaboration with Theatre Design/Technology.

Digital playbill for Babette’s Feast


A Walrus In the Body of A Crocodile

Written by MJ Kaufman
Directed by Sarah Hughes

October 8-16, 2021
CMFT Performance Theater

A developmental production of a new work by an award-winning playwright exploring gender identity on a college campus. Features students in Theatre & Performance collaborating with students in Theatre Design/Technology.

Digital playbill for A Walrus In the Body of A Crocodile


Playwriting/Screenwriting Presents: A Conversation With MJ Kaufman

Thursday, October 14 at 8:30pm

A live post-performance discussion with playwright MJ Kaufman, director Sarah Hughes, and Playwriting/Screenwriting co-Chair Peggy Stafford after the performance of A Walrus In the Body of A Crocodile on Thurs, 10/14.


Theatre & Performance Presents: Butoh Dance Workshop with Iu-Hui Chua

Thursday, October 14 at 6:00pm
Presented fully remotely on Zoom

An interactive movement workshop hosted by Assistant Professor Andrew Saito’s Intro to Theatre & Performance course!

Choreographer and theatre-maker Iu-Hui Chua will introduce participants to the history and techniques of Butoh, a dance-theatre form originating in postwar Japan.

The workshop will last about 75 minutes.


Fall Festival of Contemporary Drama

October 2-9, 2021
CMFT Performance Studio

Acting Company 46 kicks off the season with a repertory of bold 21st-century plays, including a Pulitzer Prize-winner, in collaboration with Theatre Design/Technology.

Everybody

Written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Christopher McCann

Digital playbill for Everybody

Sweat

Written by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Cezar Williams

Digital playbill for Sweat


Theatre & Performance Presents: Hold These Truths

Saturday, September 18 at 5:30pm
Presented fully remotely on Zoom

A special live reading and artist talkback hosted by Visiting Assistant Professor Michi Barall’s Asian American Theatre and Performance course!

Joel de la Fuente (Man in the High Castle) performs an extended excerpt from the award-winning solo show by Jeanne Sakata.​ The performance will be followed by a Q&A with the artists.

An unsung American hero, Gordon Hirabayashi fought passionately for the Constitution against an unexpected adversary: his own country. During World War II he refused to report to a relocation camp with thousands of families of Japanese descent, launching a 50-year journey from college to courtroom, and eventually to a Presidential Medal of Freedom. An inspiring true story of conscience amidst conflict, Hold These Truths is a one-man portrait of American character at its best.