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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, but advance registration using the links below is required.

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.

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

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

Before you arrive on campus, please familiarize yourself with Purchase College’s Visitor Policy and Mask Policy (scroll down to “Updated Mask Policy”). All visitors will be expected to adhere to the campus’s COVID-19-related policies at all times, without exception, and will be asked to leave the campus if you cannot.

All people gathering indoors on campus must wear appropriate masks over our noses and mouths at all times, without exception.

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

Coming Up:

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.


Written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Christopher McCann

Digital playbill for Everybody

Reserve your seat for Everybody using the buttons below:

Sat, 10/2 @ 1:30pmPERFORMANCE FULLTues, 10/5 @ 7:30pm
Thurs, 10/7 @ 7:30pm
Sat, 10/9 @ 7:30pmPERFORMANCE FULL


Written by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Cezar Williams

Digital playbill for Sweat

Reserve your seat for Sweat using the buttons below:

Sat, 10/2 @ 7:30pm PERFORMANCE FULL
Weds, 10/6 @ 7:30pm
Fri, 10/8 @ 7:30pmPERFORMANCE FULL
Sat, 10/9 @ 1:30pmPERFORMANCE FULL

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.

Reserve your seat for A Walrus In the Body of A Crocodile using the buttons below:

Fri, 10/8 @ 7:30pm
Sat, 10/9 @ 1:30pm
Sat, 10/9 @ 7:30pm
Weds, 10/13 @ 7:30pm
Thurs, 10/14 @ 7:30pm
Fri, 10/15 @ 7:30pm
Sat, 10/16 @ 1:30pm
Sat, 10/16 @ 7:30pm

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 22-30, 2021
PAC Abbot Kaplan Repertory Theater

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

Purchase Performance Lab

November 4-6, 2021
CMFT Performance Studio

My Love Letter To Godzilla

Created by Vincent Granata

A Walz House

Written by Ellen Walz
Directed by Benjamin Dengler

A festival of original capstone projects created and produced by seniors in Theatre & Performance.

New Plays Now

November 6, 2021
CMFT Performance Theater

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

How I Learned To Drive

Written by Paula Vogel
Directed by Mari Cipriaso
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.

The Black Creatives Collective

November 18-20, 2021
CMFT Performance Theater

Love Thyselves

by Ayeraye Hargett

Hunter X. Hollingsworth & Friends: Who Tells Your Story?

Created by and featuring Hunter Hollingsworth

For Colored Women

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

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

Life Is A Dream

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

November 19 - December 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.


Written & Assistant Directed by Leah Bickley
Directed by Tristan Griffin
Dramaturgy by Ryan Leviness
Stage Managed by Paola Solis-Ramirez
Featuring Brielle Nostro & Ryan Leviness

December 2-4, 2021
Durst Humanities Theater

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

The Pirandello Party

Adapted from the writing of Luigi Pirandello
Directed by David Bassuk

December 14-17, 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 Media and Theatre & Performance.

Past Events:

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) performed 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.

Presented fully remotely on Zoom