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The 20th century dramatist Antonin Artaud famously wrote, “L’acteur est un athlète du cœur.” The actor is an athlete of the heart.

So we’re back in training, and we’re not just actors. We’re designers, technicians, managers, directors, dramaturgs, writers, performance artists… theatremakers. Athletes of the heart.

This year has required athleticism: emotional, intellectual, imaginative, physical. Our limits have been challenged in every way as individuals, and as an institution. Last semester we explored new modes of making and distributing performances. This semester we continue that work while we also return, with great care for one another’s safety, to our performance spaces.

The Abbott-Kaplan Repertory Theater at the Performing Arts Center
The Center for Media, Film, and Theatre
The Humanities Theater at the Durst Family Humanities Building

For many of us, these spaces are part of why we came to Purchase College to study and make theatre in the first place.

Welcome home.


Spring 2021 Season

The students, faculty, and staff of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Purchase College are proud to announce our spring 2021 season, which is comprised of dramatic works reimagined for digital production, original performances conceived for digital platforms, and live shows conducted in accordance with Purchase College’s face-covering and physical-distance policies, as well as a range of interdisciplinary collaborations.

All of our live productions will be performed before extremely limited audiences of faculty and classmates. No off-campus guests will be permitted to attend these performances. Recordings will be subsequently available to stream online.

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

Individuals requiring accommodations for equal access to these events should contact Conservatory Director Jack Tamburri at jack.tamburri@purchase.edu at least 5 days prior to the event.

 

This Week:

Purgatorio Wonderland

Written by Andrea Thome
Directed by Alex Correia

A developmental production of the new play by faculty member Andrea Thome, featuring students in Theatre & Performance collaborating with students in Theatre Design/Technology.

Digital playbill for Purgatorio Wonderland

Performed for limited audiences April 8-11
Recording will be available to stream in May


Purchase Performance Lab DIGITAL

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

Haunting Punishment

by Bianca Berbick

Click to watch Haunting Punishment

We All Fall Down

Written by and Featuring Andrada Angileri
Directed by Janos Boon

Digital playbill for We All Fall Down

Click to watch a SIMS 4-based digital performance of We All Fall Down 

Click to watch a recording of a live performance of We All Fall Down

Zemi

Created by Kiara Jade Cuthbertson

Digital playbill for Zemi

Click to watch a recording of Zemi


New Plays Now

Directed by Margot Bordelon

A digital collaboration between students in the Acting and Playwriting programs.

Digital playbill for New Plays Now

Click to watch a recording of New Plays Now


Upcoming:

As You Like It

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Sara Holdren

The final play performed by Acting Company 45, created in collaboration with students in Theatre Design/Technology.

Performed for limited audiences April 17-19
Recording will be available to stream starting April 30


Purchase Performance Lab DIGITAL

April 10 - 24

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

Game of Contrasts

by Sandro Gurdzhua

Streaming premiere date TBA

Tales From A Galaxy Not So Far, Far Away

Created & Performed by Alexander Osani & Trevor Duitz

Streaming premiere event April 16 at 7:30pm EST
Available to view any time thereafter

Excerpts from No Child…

Written by Nilaja Sun
Directed by Leandra Torres
Performed by Amya Stewart

Streaming premiere event April 23 at 7:30pm EST
Available to view through April 25

Crumbled House

Written by Joshua Fink
Directed by Vinny Granata
Featuring Sammy Kropf & Marianna Steen

Streaming premiere event April 23 at 9:00pm EST
Available to view any time thereafter

The Origins of La Diablesse

Written by Cherayna Rullow
Directed by Kim Hernandez & Amoz Lewi
Featuring Sarah Louis & Cherayna Rullow

Streaming premiere event April 24 at 7:30pm EST
Available to view any time thereafter

Untitled Digital Performance Project

Created by Natalie Bogach

Available to view starting May 7

Springtime

Written by María Irene Fornés
Directed by Milan Castro
Dramaturgy by Ash Visker
Sound Design by Emily Webb
Scenic Concepts by Quinland Thompson
Featuring Siobhan Kiernan & Megan Siepak

Digital playbill for Springtime

Purchase Performance Lab LIVE

The Taming of the Shrew

Adapted from Shakespeare by Ezra Buckley, Joe Mignone, and Brennan Saur
Featuring Ezra Buckley and Joe Mignone

Performing outdoors for socially-distant audiences
Sun, May 16 @ 2pm EST
Mon, May 17 @ 2pm EST
Tues, May 18 @ 2pm EST

Available to view digitally in summer, 2021


Eurydice

Written by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Kai DonDero
Featuring Jason Fineberg & Benné McCants
Costume Design by Nikki Carpenter

A capstone project created by seniors in Theatre & Performance.

Performing for limited audiences April 22-24
Available to view digitally in May


The Unspoken Words Collection

A night of solo performances, captured on video and screened live in the environment of an art installation. This production is a capstone project created by seniors in Theatre & Performance.

2 Pimp A Caterpillar

Written and Performed by Abel Garcia
Directed by Richie Davis

Alienated

Written and Performed by Veronica Ryzio
Directed by Erin Michelitsch

Disgusting Is My Middle Name

Written and Performed by Amanda Santiago
Directed by Milan Castro

Screening for limited audiences April 29-May 1
Available to view digitally in May


Company 46 Repertory

Third-year students in the Acting program collaborate with students in Theatre Design/Technology on this repertory of works about what we owe ourselves, and what we owe to our tribes. Two projects will be performed live on campus, and two, featuring students performing from remote locations, will be filmed and edited for digital distribution.

Passage

Written by Christopher Chen
Directed by James Dean Palmer

Performing for limited audiences April 30 - May 6
Recording will be available to stream May 14-16

Wolves Eat Elk

Written by MJ Kaufman
Directed by Josiah Davis

Performing for limited audiences May 1-8
Recording will be available to stream May 28-30

Disco Pigs

Written by Enda Walsh
Directed by Maggie Surovell

Digital production available to stream April 30 - May 2

TBD Digital Production

Directed by Alex Correia

Available to stream April 30 - May 2


The Last Five Years

Music & Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Directed by Westin Hicks
Featuring Juliana Giannasca & George Weisner

A capstone project collaboration with Arts Management and Liberal Arts.

Performing for limited audiences May 5-6
Available to view digitally in May


Truth and Reconciliation

Written by Debbie Tucker Green
Directed by Dennis Hilton-Reid

The debut of Acting Company 47.

Performing for limited audiences May 6-8


Blue’s World

Co-Created & Performed by Emily Woodside
Co-Created & Designed by Maeve O’Brien

A Theatre & Performance capstone project, created in collaboration with Painting & Drawing.

Performing for limited audiences May 7-8
Available to view digitally in May


Company 45 Showcase

Directed by A. Dean Irby

The capstone of the Acting program’s training, this collection of short scenes from contemporary dramatic literature and screenwriting will perform on-campus and in New York City for invited audiences of industry professionals. A filmed version of the scenes will also be produced in collaboration with students and faculty in the Film program.

Performed for limited audience May 12
Recording will be available to stream in June


Dialogues des Carmélites

Music and libretto by Francis Poulenc
Directed by Jacque Trussel

Students in Theatre Design/Technology collaborate with students and faculty in Voice & Opera Studies to create this digital production.

Recording will be available to stream in summer, 2021



Prior Productions

Digital Fall Festival

October 9 – 18, 2020

The Conservatory commissioned theatre artists working at the vanguard of the field to create new works of performance intended for digital production. Students in the Acting and Theatre Design/Technology BFA programs collaborated to create these unique, totally contemporary shows, which were broadcast digitally to the Purchase community for a limited time.

Right Behind You

An Exploration of Ghosts
Inspired by Interviews and the Internet
Created by the Company
Directed by Margot Bordelon

An ensemble-devised exploration of the things that haunt us. How do the invisible forces around us help us make sense of our lives and our history during uncertain times? And how can we use these stories to help us shape our future?

Subliminal

Written by Ren Dara Santiago
Directed by Tatyana-Marie Carlo

Six drastically-different influencers collide when they each experience a strange phenomenon plaguing their audiences. They have no choice but to band together in order to save their follow counts from dropping them back into obscurity.

Civic Duty

Written by Fedna Jacquet
Directed by Rosalyn Coleman Williams

We are at a concert. We are living our best lives. The President is assassinated! Seven witnesses drag us through a tangled account of what happened. We soon realize we might be listening to a killer? But who is to blame when everyone seems guilty? Is it murder… or is a citizen performing what they believe to be their civic duty?

Everything You Love

Written by Eric Micha Holmes
Directed by Terrence I Mosley

A high school student becomes infatuated with an online tutor. As they struggle to make their feelings known, an algorithm takes them on an unpredictable journey through the depths of YouTube, where truth and illusion clash.

A People’s History of Looting

Written by Idris Goodwin
Directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh

The uprising has calmed, but the people are still burning. In the ashes of a city, a group of residents reflects on their gains and losses, and the cost of it all.

Eclipse / Eclipse

Escrito por / Written by Amelia Bande, Clemente Bracamonte, Francisca Campos, Amada Ceballos, Noel Cifuentes, Fernanda Fernandez, Agustín Miranda, Darián Negrón-Ortiz, Francis Pace-Nuñez, Ignacio Perez, Maite Pino, Maklin Ramirez, Javier Riveros, Catalina Stephens, Daniela Tarifeno, & Janis Valenzuela
Editato y dirigido por / Edited and Directed by Amelia Bande

Un país está a punto de ser desmantelado. Las personas tienen que irse sin un destino claro. Diferentes actores sociales y autoridades se reúnen por última vez para dar testimonio sobre esta decisión y lo que viene después. Eclipse es una colaboración bilingüe con estudiantes de la Escuela de Teatro de la Universidad Mayor en Santiago, Chile. A country is about to be dismantled. The people are made to leave without a clear destiny. Different social actors and authorities meet for the last time to give account of this decision, and what happens next. Eclipse is a bilingual, international collaboration with students in the School of Theatre at Universidad Mayor in Santiago, Chile.


Dance Nation

By Clare Barron, directed by Rachel Dickstein

October 30 – November 7, 2020

Students in the Theatre & Performance and Theatre Design/Technology programs collaborated to bring you a remotely-produced digital experience of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize finalist. The members of a pre-teen competitive dance team are fighting to get to nationals — Dance Nation is about ambition, growing up, and finding your voice in the heat of it all.


Purchase Performance Lab

November 12 – December 11, 2020

Seniors in Theatre & Performance dreamed and collaborated since the summer to reconceive their Senior Project productions for fall 2020. Some of these projects (created in collaboration with students from Theatre Design/Technology) were performed on campus for extremely limited audiences; all were available to view digitally during the semester.

Cheat Day!

Written by Hale Fishman
Directed by Kai DonDero
Featuring Hale Fishman & Dana Massa

Newly out trans man Jacob attempts to find love again after the violent rejection of his ex-girlfriend. His drag king alter-ego, Jack Vanity, speaks the truths that he cannot!

Excerpts from Some People & Jails, Hospitals, and Hip-Hop

Written by Danny Hoch
Directed by G. Myles
Performed by Armando Mieses

A collection of monologues immersed in culture written by Brooklyn’s very own Danny Hoch. Grounded within the unification of music, these award-winning pieces explore themes from the power of hip-hop to police brutality, institutionalized racism and class discrimination, to a Cuban street vendor’s love of Snoop Dogg.

La Gente De Mucho Mas Alla, or The People From Very Far Away

Written by Janelle McNeil
Directed by Andres Vasquez
Dramaturgy by Spencer Strong
Featuring Gabriel Aponte, Spencer Strong, and Andres Vasquez

A Living Museum dedicated to the stories of those who have gone through or are going through the immigration process in the United States. It is an interactive, intimate experience where attendees can immerse themselves in the stories of immigrants through multiple creative media.

An excerpt from Chain

Written by Pearl Cleage
Directed by Chloé LaBorde

“My name is Rosa Jackson and I just like to get high!” Seven days with 16-year old crack addict Rosa, chained to a radiator by her parents. Once exposed to the highest of highs, she is now experiencing the effects of rock-bottom as she struggles through withdrawal. After facing her rage and regret, when the drug calls, will she pick up?

The Bear

Written by Anton Chekhov
Directed by Dante Nastasi

A reimagining of Chekhov’s comedy with a modern twist.

Before You Jump, Don’t—

by Angelina Sobredo

Uncertain and anxious about the future, Julia goes on a journey to figure her life out. Her answer is slowly shaped by the people around her.

The Room

by Yeonwoo Kang

Don’t hide inside. Open your eyes. Listen. She is coming. Seeking some dance. Smiles. Thousands of lights. You. Get ready to be shaken.


Company 45 Repertory

February 25 - March 14, 2021

Fourth-year students in the Acting program collaborate with students in Theatre Design/Technology on this repertory of works exploring the limits and possibilities of identity. Two projects were performed live on campus, and the third was filmed and edited for digital distribution. If you are a Purchase College faculty member and would like to request access to a recording of any of these productions for a curricular reason, contact Conservatory Director Jack Tamburri at jack.tamburri@purchase.edu

The Misanthrope

Written by Molière
Translated into English verse by Richard Wilbur
Directed by Christopher McCann

Digital Playbill for The Misanthrope

Cloud Tectonics

Written by José Rivera
Produced by Ana Nicolle Chavez & Darian Bencosme
Edited by Ana Nicolle Chavez

Digital Playbill for Cloud Tectonics

The Colored Museum

Written by George C. Wolfe
Music by Kysia Bostic
Directed by Rosalyn Coleman Williams

Digital Playbill for The Colored Museum


Feeding on Light

Written & Directed by Lenora Champagne

Performance art luminary and longtime Theatre & Performance faculty member Lenora Champagne leads this experimental digital workshop of her new play at Purchase before its live debut at the Undermain Theatre in Dallas, TX in 2022.

Digital playbill for Feeding on Light


The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis
Directed by A. Dean Irby

Witness the onstage debut of Acting Company 46 in their first live production at Purchase College, in collaboration with Theatre Design/Technology.

Digital Playbill for The Last Days of Judas Iscariot