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Fall 2014

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Marisol posterMarisol

by José Rivera
Directed by Catherine Ming T'ien Duffly

November 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 at 7:30pm
Diver Studio Theatre, Performing Arts Building

"When I drop my wings, all hell's going to break loose and soon you're not going to recognize the world – so get yourself some power Marisol, whatever you do."

The angels are leading a revolution against God in this magical realist play. Marisol, the eponymous hero, searches for home in an apocalyptic New York where people must fight for survival, coffee is extinct, and debtors are tortured.

The Year of Silence

a devised theatre piece based on a short story of the same name by Kevin Brockmeier
Developed by Thesis Candidate Leah Artenian

December 4, 5, 6, at 7:30pm
Blackbox Theatre, Performing Arts Building

“The truth was that we enjoyed the silence, and more than that, we hungered for it” - Kevin Brockmeier, The Year of Silence

When a city begins experiencing inexplicable moments of pure silence, many of its citizens’ lives are changed forever. Before long they enact a “Silence Movement” to abolish all unnecessary sound in the city as they seek to recapture the serenity they found in the moments of natural silence. This play explores the repercussions of constantly striving for what we don't have rather than appreciating what is in front of us, and the problems that arise when a city attempts to impose Utopian ideals onto its people.

The Tale of Kieu

Developed by Thesis Candidate Sophia Dunn-Walker

December 13, 14 at 7:00pm
Performance Lab, Performing Arts Building
as part of the Fall Reed Dance Concert

Spring 2015

ROHD posterDevising Theatre & Civic Practice: Engagement as Artmaking, Audience as Collaborator

A talk by Michael Rohd (Sojourn Theatre)

Monday, February 2 at 7pm
Performing Arts Building
Choral Rehearsal Room

What’s the relationship between making art and making change? What does theatre look like when it is not a production? How can artists collaborate with civic partners?

Michael Rohd, artistic director of Sojourn Theater Company and founder of the Center for Performance and Civic Practice, will offer insights into developing collaborative theatre projects with community and civic organizations. As he shares wisdom and stories of his own experience making theatre in a wide range of settings, he will speak to the potential of theatre to catalyze dialogue and enliven the public sphere.

This talk is sponsored by the Reed College Theatre Department with support from the Wolfe Fund.

Here, Now

A performance installation developed by Thesis Candidate Marisa Kanai

February 12, 13, 14, at 7:30pm-10:30pm
Blackbox Theatre, Performing Arts Building

Stray posterStray

Written by Heidi Schreck
Directed by Thesis Candidate Meghan Comer

March 5, 6, 7, at 7:30pm
Blackbox Theatre, Performing Arts Building

Ionesco posterTwo by Ionesco

Directed by Kate Bredeson

April 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 at 7:30pm
Diver Studio Theatre, Performing Arts Building

In 1950 The Bald Soprano crashed onto the Paris stage, unknowingly kicking off a new wave of French dramatic writing that would be later called both "the new theatre" and "the theatre of the absurd." In The Bald Soprano, Romanian-born Ionesco, writing in French about a "typical" English couple, brashly depicts what happens when the world goes awry but retains its veneer of normalcy. In Ionesco’s radical romp, language degenerates, time short circuits, and a sassy maid welcomes the town fire chief for a memorable visit. Reed Theatre presents The Bald Soprano alongside Ionesco’s 1951 The Lesson, a dark academic comedy directed by thesis candidate Gracie Rittenberg ’15. Both The Bald Soprano and The Lesson invite questions about time, language, and how we cope in worlds that no longer make any sense at all.

The Bald Soprano

By Eugene Ionesco
Directed by Kate Bredeson
with a performance by Thesis Candidate Colin Trevor

The Lesson

By Eugene Ionesco
Directed by Thesis Candidate Gracie Rittenberg
with a performance by Thesis Candidate Colin Trevor


Thesis Shows
$5.00 General admission
$3.00 All students, Reed faculty and staff, and seniors (over 62)

Faculty Shows
$7.00 General admission
$5.00 Seniors (over 62) and non-Reed students
$3.00 Reed students, faculty, staff and alumni

Performances begin at 7:30pm unless otherwise noted.

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