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Fall, 2022: Breathe In

Where are we now? And where do we want to go?

We’re “back.” What is this landscape we’ve emerged into? And more importantly, what do we want it to become? How do we intend to relate to one another from now on? What stories can we embody that will tell the tale of what we’ve experienced? And what stories can we embody that will propose a new world?


Off-campus guests are welcome to attend our performances!

All seats at all performances are free of charge. Please arrive early!

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


Coming Up:

A Night of THP Senior Projects

Humanities Theater
Thurs, 12/1 @ 7:30pm
Fri, 12/2 @ 7:30pm
Sat, 12/3 @ 7:30pm

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

Behind Us Is Noise

Created & Performed by Anna Fofana, Skylar Hertz, & Reina Labron
Directed by Alyssa Bernstein
Stage Managed by Molly Mead

Digital playbill for Behind Us Is Noise

The Beauty of Risk

Created by Jahnae Pitter
Written by Qasim Sonson with Jahnae Pitter
Directed by Eryn Harris
Featuring Eryn Harris, Jahnae Pitter, & Qasim Sonson

A story about a girl who experiences struggles of homelessness and trying to fit in. She uses her love for performing as a way to persevere through the tough times.

Digital playbill for The Beauty of Risk

No reservations are necessary to attend A Night of Senior Projects. Just arrive at the Humanities Theater about 15 minutes before the listed curtain time on the night you wish to attend.


New Plays Now

Directed by Cezar Williams

CMFT Performance Studio (CMFT2043)
Fri, 12/2 @ 7:30pm
Sat, 12/3 @ 4:00pm
Sat, 12/3 @ 7:30pm

A festival of short works written by students in the Playwriting program, featuring Acting Company 48.


Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmund Rostand, adapted by Martin Crimp

Directed by Christopher McCann

PAC Repertory Theater
Sat, 12/3 @ 1:30pm
Sat, 12/3 @ 7:30pm
Weds, 12/7 @ 7:30pm
Thurs, 12/8 @ 7:30pm
Fri, 12/9 @ 7:30pm
Sat, 12/10 @ 1:30pm
Sat, 12/10 @ 7:30pm

The universally-beloved romantic comedy gets a fresh take in a production that celebrates the potency of language to enthrall the ear. Featuring Acting Company 47 and the work of the Theatre Design/Technology program.


El público by Federico García Lorca

Directed by Daniel Taveras
Featuring Amer Zafer and Colman Cassidy

CMFT Performance Studio (CMFT2043)
Thurs, 12/8 @ 7:30pm
Fri, 12/9 @ 7:30pm
Sat, 12/10 @ 7:30pm

Lorca’s unfinished backstage drama, produced as a capstone project by seniors in Theatre & Performance.



Past Events:

Stress Exorcist, a work in progress

Created, written, and performed by Mary McCool
Developed with Jack Tamburri

CMFT Performance Theater (CMFT0061)
Sunday, 9/18 @ 7pm

Comedy. Chaos. Magic.

These are dark times. And dark times call for dark strangers to come into your life and solve all your problems so that you’re super-grateful and you love them forever and never leave them.

Stress Exorcist is a new interactive ritual by artist-in-residence Mary McCool. Please join us for an informal work-in-progress showing.

No reservations required. Please be on time!


Theatre & Performance Presents: Attilio Rigotti

Tues, 9/27 @ 2:30pm on Zoom

All are welcome to join Professor Jeana Scotti’s Theatre & Performance Junior Seminar class to meet multidisciplinary Chilean performance artist Attilio Rigotti, who will discuss his work in digital media and performance.


Road by Jim Cartwright

Directed by Maggie Surovell

Third-Year Acting Studio (Dance 1035)
9/28 - 10/1

A working-class community in Northern England under Thatcher navigates family, friendship, and romance within desperate economic conditions. Road has been a star-making vehicle for powerful young actors since its 1986 debut, and this production by Acting Company 48 will continue the tradition.

Road is presented in an intimate studio space, and seating will be extremely limited. Road contains strong language, depictions of alcohol and drug use, depictions of violence including sexual violence, partial nudity, discussion of eating disorders, and depictions of death.


Acting Company 46 Showcase Screening - Alumni Weekend

CMFT Screening Room (CMFT 0065)
Sat, 10/1 @ 3pm

The capstone for the BFA Acting class of 2022. The Showcase is a set of two-person scenes from contemporary theatre, film, and television produced in collaboration with the Film BFA and Theatre Design/Technology programs.

Join us for a special in-person Alumni Weekend screening of last year’s Showcase.


Alchemy of the Extraordinary: An Evening with David Glass

Durst Humanities Theater
Thursday, October 13 @ 6-8pm

International theatre artist David Glass comes to Purchase for a week to meet our students and share his practice. This evening’s event, open to the entire community, will introduce participants to his “Alchemy of the Extraordinary.” Glass’s work bridges his teachers: Lecoq, Grotowski, Boal, Alfreds, and Aley. He intends to bring his progressive and creative approaches to a new generation of mavericks and creative change-makers.


FornésFest

October 15 through November 5

The Conservatory is partnering with the Playwriting & Screenwriting program to present a festival celebrating playwright and teacher María Irene Fornés!

See productions of her plays, screen a documentary, attend a rehearsal, take a writing workshop, and meet a couple dozen artists — including Purchase students and faculty — who have been changed by their encounters with one of the most influential writers of her generation.


Fall Repertory of Modern Drama

Acting Company 47 and the Theatre Design/Technology program present two brilliant late-20th-century works by master playwrights.

Serious Money by Caryl Churchill

Directed by Steven Sapp

CMFT Performance Studio (CMFT2043)
10/15-22/22

Churchill’s 1987 Olivier and Obie Awards-winner follows murderous London stockbrokers through the highs and crashes of the deregulated marketplace.

Serious Money is partially supported by a gift from Robert Wiener.

View the digital playbill for Serious Money

The Conduct of Life by María Irene Fornés

Directed by Shadi Ghaheri

CMFT Performance Studio (CMFT2043)
10/15-22/22

In an unnamed Latin American country Lieutenant Orlando resolves to rise in the military ranks by any means necessary. Despite their poverty and the violence of Orlando’s regime, his wife Leticia, servant Olimpia, and victim Nena strive to maintain their hope that the world can be better. Using tools of both Epic Theatre and Absurdism, Fornés’s 1985 masterpiece is still a forceful examination of how hope survives amid brutality.

View the digital playbill for The Conduct of Life

The Conduct of Life is part of FornésFest, produced by the Playwriting & Screenwriting program and the Conservatory of Theatre Arts. See the festival’s website for a full calendar of programs celebrating the work of one of America’s greatest playwrights and most influential writing teachers.


A reading of Mud by María Irene Fornés

Directed by Jack Tamburri
Featuring Michi Barall, Leon Addison Brown, & Christopher McCann
Dramaturgy by Jordan Schildcrout

Durst Humanities Theater
10/18-20/22

Theatre Arts faculty will perform an open rehearsal process culminating in a reading of Fornés’s fascinating short play about a brilliant but destitute woman trying to change her circumstances through education, and the men who profit from her labor.

Mud is part of FornésFest, produced by the Playwriting & Screenwriting program and the Conservatory of Theatre Arts this fall. See the festival’s website for a full calendar of programs celebrating the work of one of America’s greatest playwrights and most influential writing teachers.

No reservations necessary to attend the rehearsals or reading.

View the dramaturgical sourcebook created by Professor Jordan Schildcrout


Theatre & Performance Presents: Engaging With Community, Engaging With Ourselves

Hosted by Assistant Professor Andrew Saito’s Intro to Applied Theatre class

CMFT Performance Studio (CMFT2043)
Thursday, 10/20 @ 10:30am

Guest artist Steve Sapp – director of Serious Money at Purchase College and co-founder of acclaimed theatre ensemble UNIVERSES – will discuss his career in politically- and community-engaged theatre, and lead participants in a workshop based on his own creation process. The workshop will including exercises focused on writing into ourselves as a way to forge connections with others. All are welcome!


Theatre & Performance Presents: Works In Response

CMFT Performance Studio (CMFT2043)
Weds, 10/26 @ 12pm

Join Professor Michi Barall’s Women+ In Performance class, as they perform short plays inspired by exercises and prompts created by María Irene Fornés, and transmitted to us by her students.

Works In Response is part of FornésFest, produced by the Playwriting & Screenwriting program and the Conservatory of Theatre Arts this fall. See the festival’s website for a full calendar of programs celebrating the work of one of America’s greatest playwrights and most influential writing teachers.


A reading of Enter the Night by María Irene Fornés

Directed by Chelsea Muller

CMFT Performance Studio (CMFT2043)
Fri, 10/28 @ 7pm

Theatre & Performance students will perform a reading of the 1990 Pulitzer Prize finalist. What of the Night? spans 1938 to the present day, and follows the lives of multiple generations of Americans trying to break out of cycles of poverty and abuse.

Enter the Night is part of FornésFest, produced by the Playwriting & Screenwriting program and the Conservatory of Theatre Arts this fall. See the festival’s website for a full calendar of programs celebrating the work of one of America’s greatest playwrights and most influential writing teachers.


Fefu and Her Friends by María Irene Fornés

Directed by Rachel Dickstein

CMFT Performance Theater (CMFT0061)
10/29 – 11/5/22

Featuring the work of students in the Theatre & Performance program in collaboration with the Theatre Design/Technology program.

Fefu and Her Friends is one of the most celebrated plays by the prolific Cuban-American experimentalist María Irene Fornés. Written in 1977, the play broke ground by focusing exclusively on relationships among women rather than centering oppressive or dependent relationships with men.

In 1935, the titular Fefu and her friends prepare and rehearse for a fundraising event. The play’s playful plot is peppered with stark interjections of individual psychic struggle, and radically departs from traditional dramatic structure. A landmark in 20th-century feminist writing, Fefu is also an important early example of immersive theatre.

Fefu and Her Friends is part of FornésFest, produced by the Playwriting & Screenwriting program and the Conservatory of Theatre Arts this fall. See the festival’s website for a full calendar of programs celebrating the work of one of America’s greatest playwrights and most influential writing teachers.

Digital playbill


A Screening of Springtime

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

CMFT Screening Room (CMFT0065)
Weds, 11/2 @ 12pm

A screening of the senior project in Theatre & Performance produced by members of the class of 2021, followed by a conversation with the alumni who created it.

Digital playbill

Springtime is part of FornésFest, produced by the Playwriting & Screenwriting program and the Conservatory of Theatre Arts this fall. See the festival’s website for a full calendar of programs celebrating the work of one of America’s greatest playwrights and most influential writing teachers.


Orpheus Descending by Tennessee Williams

Directed by A. Dean Irby

PAC PepsiCo Theater
11/12 - 19/22

Tennessee Williams’s classic about two outsiders finding connection under the judgmental eyes of their oppressive Southern town is the full-scale debut of Acting Company 48, and features the work of the Theatre Design/Technology program.

Orpheus Descending is partially supported by a gift from Robert Wiener.

No reservations will be necessary to attend performances of Orpheus Descending. Please arrive in the upper lobby of the Performing Arts Center at least 15 minutes before the listed showtime.

Content Notice: Orpheus Descending is intended for mature audiences. This production contains the use of racial slurs, the appearance of racist regalia, and staged acts of racial violence. It also includes simulated gunshots, partial nudity, and the use of flashing lights.

Digital Playbill


Theatre & Performance Presents: Lauren DeLeon

Tues, 11/15 @ 2:30pm on Zoom

All are welcome to join Professor Jeana Scotti’s Theatre & Performance Junior Seminar class to meet professional Intimacy Director (and Purchase alum) Lauren DeLeon, who will discuss the emerging discourse of intimacy direction in theatre and film production, and the new career paths developing as a result.


Purchase Performance Lab: A Festival of Senior Projects

Bold, experimental, and moving works produced as capstone projects by students in Theatre & Performance.

CMFT Performance Studio Program (CMFT2043)

11/16 - 19/22

What If If Only by Caryl Churchill

Directed by Edie Gregg

In times of loss and grief, the future can seem daunting, overwhelming, and unwelcome. This short play is a reminder that the Present is here for us, and the Future is not something to fear.

Digital playbill for What If If Only

Piñata

Written by Mauricio Gonzalez
Directed by Chelsea Muller
Featuring Nicole Castillo, Michael Friary, Mauricio Gonzalez, Karissa Leonardo, Joann Maxwell, & Lillian Perez

A morality play in a secluded office space: Addison, your average 9 to 5 worker, is constantly interrupted by their coworkers. Little does Addison know that these “coworkers” have been possessed by the cardinal sins of man, and have far more nefarious intentions than Addison realizes.

Digital playbill for Piñata

Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup

Written by Taylor Maxim
Directed by Jenna Karnatski
Featuring Haylin Davis

After being denied a McDonald’s Egg McMuffin, a nurse arriving home from a late-night shift begins to spiral. At 5:30am her girlfriend must unpack how a breakfast sandwich could cause such a commotion.

Digital playbill for Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup

Humanities Theater Program

11/17 - 19/22

Poof! by Lynn Nottage

Directed by Nahiem Paris
Featuring Kay Carrington & Sydney Lynch

A dramatic comedy about an abused housewife who never thought she’d escape from her husband. She unexpectedly gets her chance when her husband spontaneously combusts into ash.

Digital playbill for Poof!

The Following Senior Project Is Scheduled For One Fall!

Written by and featuring Bradley Rabinowitz Directed by Claire Giegerich

Two friends, a professional wrestler and an MMA fighter, reconnect after not seeing each other for a long time. They have a conversation worthy of a main event, and soon discover they have a lot more in common than meets the eye. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you might even tear your quad. So please, come layeth the smacketh down at Purchase!

Digital playbill for The Following Senior Project Is Scheduled For One Fall!

Alexandria

Written & Directed by Taylor Nieves

A play about a tortured king set on burning all the knowledge of the old world. After civil war, M seized his chance to rule and is determined to burn away memory of all he has lost — but someone close to him has been hiding pieces of the past. ​

Digital playbill for Alexandria