2021-22 Season

The Programs in Theater and Music Theater present an exciting and diverse season of productions!

Spring 2022 Projects

 

Collective Circus Project: Take Care

Project Proposer, Creator: Ruth Schultz
Wallace Theater
February 4-6 at 8 PM
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Exploring joy, storytelling, and physicality, the 6-8 participants in this project will create and perform a contemporary circus show together. Under the broad definition that circus is “the performance of unusual relations between bodies and their material environments,” no physical or theater background is required of cast members. Cast members, led by senior Ruth Schultz, will explore how they can tell stories through this lens, and will also learn common circus disciplines. This is a community-minded project seeking collaborators ready to engage in an anti-oppressive and collective process. Two participants will be young performers from the Trenton Circus Squad, a local social circus organization.

 

 


New Works Festival I — Produced by Shariffa Ali:

B + M

By Silma Berrada
Co-Lab 
February 18 at 8 PM
February 20 at 2 PM
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The Bittersweet Ballad of Blessed & Messiah. Girl meets boy. Or boy meets girl. Boy falls in and out of. And girl falls through. Blessed fell for somebody who spoke in her own language—metaphors and rhymes. However, she realizes words are just words sometimes. Nothing more. Nothing less. They can’t speak of the bigger things—like love. And that truth hurts more than the scar on her lip from falling on her teeth as a kid. So we begin at the two’s ending. But what is past is not prologue for Blessed, because it’s hard to let go of the past. Memories are messy. They can get real sticky. A lot like maple syrup and chocolate chip pancakes or bubble gum on stove sidewalks or-or Elmer’s glue and construction paper or earworm or glitter on-on on- well on anywhere, honestly, or your fingers after packing paper or-or-or tape. Or memories can get real slippery, so sometimes life can only be understood backwards.

Lia

By Meigan Clark (writer) and Ines Aitsahalia (director)
Wallace Theater
February 10-11 at 8 PM
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Lia is an original play based loosely on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It is my way of telling Ophelia’s untold story, drawing on and ultimately subverting many elements of the original play. Ghosts become a way of thinking about trauma and memory as something visceral and real. Hamlet‘s constant blurring of performance and reality becomes a way to reflect both on the behavior patterns of abusive men and on the constant self-doubt and fragmentation of memory that survivors often experience as they attempt to reconstruct themselves and their past after a traumatic event. Ultimately, Lia is a play about hope and about storytelling as a powerful form of healing.

Clara — a new musical

By Leila Abou-Jaoude; directed by Anna Allport
Wallace Theater
February 25 at 8 PM
February 26 at 3 PM
Tickets + Details for Clara

From child prodigy to black-clad priestess of piano, Clara Schumann spent six decades in the spotlight, dazzling 19th-century European audiences. Today, however, she is often relegated to the footnotes—merely mentioned as the wife of German Romantic composer Robert Schumann or close friend of Johannes Brahms. This new musical reconsiders Clara’s place in music history. Detailing her career, correspondences, and compositions, we trace her development as an artist and woman. What does it take to restore Clara to renown?

Vestalia

By Lydia Gompper
Drapkin Studio
February 26 at 8 PM
February 27 at 2 PM
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With Hannibal an ever-growing threat to Rome in the ongoing Second Punic War, and Rome quickly approaching its devastating defeat at the Battle of Cannae, Opimia – a young, vow-breaking Vestal Virgin – becomes convinced that her illegally-conceived child will someday save Rome, just as another disgraced Vestal’s offspring once founded it. As the situation in Rome worsens, and the Republic’s religious authorities look for someone to blame, Opimia faces the ever-more-likely danger of a Vestal’s traditional punishment for unchastity: being buried alive. A new play by Princeton senior Lydia Gompper ’22, who is also costume designer. Directed by junior Eliyana Abraham ’23.

Spicy Stand

By Luke Aschenbrand
Drapkin Studio
February 10-20 at 8 PM
Tickets + Details for Spicy Stand

A show about a Princeton student-athlete’s backstory and experiences with neurodiversity and an important message about mental health.

 


Fuenteovejuna by Lope de Vega

Project Proposer, translator/adaptor, performer: Juan Jose Lopez Haddad
Professional Director: Estefania Fadul
Berlind Theater
February 25-26 at 8 PM
February 27 at 3 PM

In the town of Fuenteovejuna, the people rise up, led by the village women, when their rights are infringed by their malicious lord, the Comendador. Fuenteovejuna tells the story of how a united people challenged and defeated the mighty power of medieval Spanish feudalism. This production celebrates Hispanic and Latinx culture; Fuenteovejuna amalgamates themes of struggle against authority and oppression, the distinct and varied arts and cultures of Latin America, and the beauty of the Middle Ages. Performed in Spanish with English subtitles.

 


The Hello Girls

Music + Lyrics by Peter Mills
Book by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel

Project Proposers, director, performers: Kate Semmens, Molly Bremer, Violet Gautreau
Berlind Theater
March 25-27, 2022

From New York to Paris, from ragtime to jazz, The Hello Girls chronicles the story of America’s first women soldiers. These intrepid heroines served as bi-lingual telephone operators on the front lines, helping turn the tide of World War I.  They then returned home to fight a decades-long battle for equality and recognition, paving the way for future generations.

 

 


Untitled Horse Show by Will Davis

Wallace Theater
April 7-10, 2022

Professional director, choreographer and Princeton Arts Fellow Will Davis is embarking on a new autobiographical piece about his experience as a transgender person. Davis offers this context: “The horse has always been a significant symbol of queer masculinity to me, and I am planning to make a wild and strange new play, in which I transform into a horse and the audience does too. There will be horse dances and horse songs. There will be handmade horse spectacle, there will be nonbinary perfect queer delight.”

 


New Works Festival II — Produced by Shariffa Ali:

Shalom Bayit

By Aleeza Schoenberg
Professional Director: Bob Sandberg
Drapkin Studio
April 9 + 10

Shalom Bayit (“peaceful home”) is a new play by Aleeza Schoenberg ’22. It takes place across several months in the same kitchen, with all but one scene occurring on a Friday afternoon as a Modern Orthodox Jewish family prepares for the Jewish Sabbath. In the play, three siblings grapple with faith; identity; sexuality; mental illness; and trying to support their friends, their family, and themselves. They strive to balance accepting their family members and gaining the family’s acceptance, while struggling to understand what it is in themselves they want others to accept.

Other new plays TBA

 


Mary Stuart by Friedrich Schiller

Project Proposers: BT Hayes (adaptor/translator) and Regan McCall
Wallace Theater
April 22-24, 2022

Mary Stuart is a new translation, written and adapted by BT Hayes, of Friedrich Schiller’s work that premiered in 19th century Germany detailing the (partially) true account of the final days of Mary Stuart’s life. She and her cousin Queen Elizabeth I confront confessions and manipulations from all sides as they try to find a way to make it in the world where only their most bitter rival can be identified as their most equal peer. Re-imagined into the escapist narrative of rave and club culture, this production will explore physicalities and cadences that reinvent the anxiety of maintaining and presenting a classical text.

 


End of Year Cabaret

Project Proposer: Chloe Horner
Drapkin Studio
Week of April 25, 2022

 

 


Fall 2021 Productions

 

Wallace Theater, Lewis Arts complex · Presented by: Program in Theater

The Lights Up Festival is a celebration of theatrical arts and an opportunity to learn how to re-enter the theater space safely in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kicking off the festival on October 7, students read "The Thanksgiving Play" by Larissa FastHorse, directed by Tara Moses. FREE and open to University community; tickets required.

Wallace Theater, Lewis Arts complex · Presented by: Program in Theater

The Lights Up Festival is a celebration of theatrical arts and an opportunity to learn how to re-enter the theater space safely in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This reading of "Your Healing is Killing Me," a solo play by Virginia Grise, is performed by Associate Professor of Theater Brian Herrera. FREE and open to University community; tickets required.

Sat Oct 9, 2021 · 8:00 pm

Lights Up Festival: Cabaret

Wallace Theater, Lewis Arts complex · Presented by: Program in Theater

The Lights Up Festival is a celebration of theatrical arts and an opportunity to learn how to re-enter the theater space safely in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Closing out the festival on October 9, Princeton students present cabaret performances. FREE and open to University community; tickets required.

Fri Nov 5, 2021 - Sun Nov 7, 2021 · 7:30 pm

Proof by David Auburn

Donald G. Drapkin Studio, Lewis Arts complex · Presented by: Program in Theater

In the backyard of her father’s house, 25-year-old Catherine has been caring for her father who was a brilliant and mentally ill mathematician. Now that he has passed, his former student, Hal, and her sister, Claire, have come to collect Catherine and the remains of her father’s legacy. Has he left anything brilliant? Has his illness/genius passed down to her? Theater senior Juliana Pulsinelli '22 leads the ensemble as Catherine in this Pulitzer Prize-winning play exploring family, grief, emotional and mental health and fragility, and genius. Directed by faculty member Vivia Font. FREE; tickets required. Open to University students, faculty and staff.

Wallace Theater, Lewis Arts complex · Presented by: Program in Theater

SomeBody is an original devised semi-autobiographical theatrical exploration by senior Jamie Goodwin '22 using poem, story and movement to capture the tension and reality of living in a marginalized body. Open to Princeton students, faculty and staff. FREE; tickets required through University Ticketing.

Fri Nov 19, 2021 · 6:30 pm

FACE TIME

Wallace Theater, Lewis Arts complex · Presented by: Program in Theater

Princeton, NJ - March 13th, 2020: A campus-wide notice tells everyone they must leave immediately. Despite Tessa thriving in her senior year and Riley on the verge of a sophomore existential crisis, they suddenly find themselves in the same boat: tasked with making the most of their last night of college as they know it. FACE TIME is a filmed half-hour comedy pilot detailing their quest and the hiccups along the way. Created by senior Riley Bona '22 in collaboration with Tessa Albertson '20. FREE; tickets required. Open to Princeton students, faculty + staff.

Sat Dec 4, 2021 - Sat Dec 11, 2021 · 8:00 pm

Tea by Velina Hasu Houston

Wallace Theater, Lewis Arts complex · Presented by: Program in Theater

Tea is a play centering the story of Japanese war brides, women who had married American soldiers and relocated to the United States after World War II. Following the death of one of their own, four women come together to clean the house of the fifth as they reflect upon how her tragic suicide has upset the balance of life in…

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