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The MCLA Theatre Program invites you to our 2018-2019 season! Our season is an extension of our classroom, as well as an important connection to our liberal arts mission. We provide a diverse range of theatrical experiences that challenge and inspire, all at an affordable price!

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In addition to the plays, hear faculty and student artists, as well as community scholars and activists delve into the rich themes of our productions with our panel discussions and audience talk-backs.


MCLA Announces 2018-2019 Season

A line-up of ambitious classics and exciting new works, including a Berkshire premiere, a Shakespearean tragedy, a classic of feminist theatre, a new dance festival, and an experimental take on an 80s cult classic musical.

The Fine and Performing Arts (FPA) Department at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) has announced its 2018-2019 Theatre Program season. It will include the Berkshire premiere of an action-packed new comedy, a modern take on a Shakespearean tragedy, a provocative comedy and icon of feminist theatre, a new dance festival featuring work by students in the new Dance minor, and an experimental take on a cult classic musical comedy from the 80s.

The season performances will be in MCLA’s Venable Theater, and will feature discussions with local experts, casts and creatives following all second Saturday evening performances. Critical Response Sessions based on Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process will be held with audience, cast and creatives following each production.


2018-2019 SEASON LINE-UP

She Kills Monsters

she kills monstersAfter the totally-weird Tilly dies, oh-so-average Agnes doesn’t know what to make of the geekery her sister left behind. In an effort to understand the gulf between them, she embarks on a quest of Tilly’s own design, rife with hostile faeries, randy ogres, awkward high schoolers, and broadswords. Will Agnes discover her inner badass, or will the bugbears get her first? Qui Nguyen, resident playwright of Brooklyn’s Vampire Cowboys theatre, serves up a comedic nerdgasm – an homage to the outcast in all of us.

The play will be directed by Laura Standley (Associate Professor, Theatre) and will feature Dungeons and Dragons world creations by Berkshire painter, puppeteer, and theatre artist, David Lane (Artist-in-Residence).

Venable Theater
October 19 - October 28, 2018

 

Macbeth

Ste to assume power: MacbethWilliam Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece about the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake. When three witches deliver some surprising prophecies, Macbeth hatches a plan to murder the king and claim the throne for himself. Provoked by his wife and preoccupied with greed, Macbeth begins his tragic descent into madness.

Co-directed by David Lane and Laura Standley, with scenic and lighting designs by Jeremy Winchester (Assistant Professor, Theatre) and costumes designed by Andrea Williams (Assistant Professor, Theatre). This production of Macbeth will feature young people from the local Berkshire community and explore contemporary fascism and the effects of modern warfare.

Venable Theater
November 30 - December 9, 2018

 

Cloud 9

Cloud 9 printed on a british flag with a man stick up on top and a woman's legs on the bottomUnexpected trysts. Gender swaps. Role reversals. Power plays. Victorian repression clashes with liberal expression as we follow a British family from colonial Africa to London in the 1970s. Caryl Churchill’s provocative comedy explores the ever-changing world of sexual politics as it asks what it takes for each of us to reach our own Cloud 9.

Cloud 9 was Caryl Churchill’s first international hit. Some of her other works include Top Girls, Mad Forest, Love and Information, A Number and Serious Money. The Guardian recently wrote that Churchill “now shares with Tom Stoppard the title of Britain’s most significant living dramatist.” 

Laura Standley directs this feminist classic that is guaranteed to bowl theatergoers over with its theatrical daring.

Venable Theater
March 22 - March 31, 2019 

 

Spring Dance Festival

Dance FestivalThe Performing Arts Dance Minor’s inaugural spring dance festival will showcase dance works created by emerging student choreographers, as well as MCLA faculty and alumni.

Venable Theatre
April 25 - April 28, 2019

  

Theatre Lab: Little Shop of Horrors

theatre lab: little shop of horrorsFor the misfits of Skid Row, life is full of broken dreams and dead ends. But there’s hope on the horizon for flower shop assistant, Seymour, when he discovers a mysterious new plant with killer potential. Will his newfound fame and fortune win the attention of kind, sweet, delicate Audrey? Can he finally break free and be happy… whatever the consequences?

Theatre Lab, MCLA Performing Arts Program’s laboratory for student experimental work, is back with this cult classic 80s musical celebrating the anarchic humor of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. Directed by Jeremy Winchester, and created by the students of Theatre Lab.

Venable Theater
May 3 - May 4, 2019

Further information about discussion events, complete casting and additional production information will be announced at a later date.

For more information or to reserve tickets, please call the box office at (413)-662-5123 or visit https://mcla.ticketleap.com/.


CRITICAL RESPONSE SESSIONS are based on Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process. Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process is a widely-recognized method that nurtures the development of artistic works through a four-step, facilitated dialogue between artists, peers, and audiences. In use for over 20 years, the Process has been embraced by artmakers, educators, and administrators at theater companies, dance departments, orchestras, museums and more. The Process has deepened dialogue between artists and audiences; it has enhanced learning between teachers and students. By extension it has proven valuable for all kinds of creative endeavors, work situations, and collaborative relationships within and beyond the arts, from kindergartens to corporations.

Further information about discussion events, complete casting and additional production information will be announced at a later date. For more information or to reserve tickets, please call the box office at (413)-662-5123 or visit https://mcla.ticketleap.com/.

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