The Life and Death of Queen Margaret
The Life and Death of Queen Margaret is a “new” Shakespeare play created and performed by Western Massachusetts-based ensemble Real Live Theatre. This piece, which centers around the life of Margaret of Anjou,liberates some of Shakespeare’s most poignant feminist writing from a series of plays about men and their experience of history, and illuminates that buried brilliance, amplifying and celebrating a female character who is complex, passionate, powerful, and one of the greatest antiheroes Shakespeare ever created. This dance-theatre adaptation, co-created and directed by Colby Visiting Assistant Professor Toby Vera Bercovici, combines extant scenes from Henry VI Parts I, II, and III, scenes which are a patchwork of multiple Shakespeare plays, and occasional adaptor-written chunks of iambic pentameter. It features a cast of eight extraordinary female performers.
In partnership with the Center for the Arts and Humanities.
By Alexis Atkinson ’15
Constellations is a multimedia theater piece that aims to reflect and track the psychological and emotional development of a young black female. The one-woman play utilizes different modes of storytelling–prose, narrative anecdote, spoken word, and poetry–to explore the depth of how one can experience marginalization. An unnamed Lead takes the audience on a tour through the Garden of Dreams, a holding space for unrealized aspirations and the unresolved past. The piece travels through time and space to capture wrestling with identity politics throughout crucial moments of development and self discovery. In spite being hopeful for a better future, how does one navigate oppression on a moment to moment basis? What if anything actually grows in the Garden of Dreams?
In partnership with the Pugh Center, College and Student Advancement, and the Center for the Arts and Humanities.
The Master Builder
By Henrik Ibsen
Translated from the Norwegian by Paul Walsh
The Master Builder is one of the later plays of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, known around the world as “the father of Modern Drama.” It tells the story of aging architect Halvard Solness, a man who fears being made obsolete by the younger generation, and his encounter with Hilde Wangel, a young woman come knocking on his door to claim a prize which once he promised her. The dense fabric of this play blends realism, symbolism, and magic to explore hubris, madness, and the dynamics between generations. Colby Teaching Artist Bess Welden plays Halvard Solness.
Boxers, Ethnographers, Bullfighters, Workers, Printers: A Dance Concert
This concert features a collection of new works. A highlight, the now annual First Year Dance Project, this year will be choreographed by senior Theater and Dance Majors Leah Bilodeau and Kathryn Butler with light design by Lucy Soucek ’18. The evening will also feature new work by Teaching Artists Orlando Hunter and Ricarrdo Valentine of Brotherhood Dance; outcomes of Professor Sonja Thomas’ Critical Race Feminisms and Tap Dance course; and a significant new work directed by Professor Annie Kloppenberg featuring student performers from Colby’s Collaborative Company course. That work will take as its inspiration Picasso’s Vollard Suite, a recent acquisition by the Colby Museum of Art.
Original music by Josua Lutian ’18, and book and lyrics by Katie Monteleone ’18
February 9-11 at 7:30 p.m.
Lemonade Stand is a new musical that tells the story of a young girl named Juliette and her older brother, Jerome. Juliette dreams of getting out of her small town, but for now she clings to her childhood lemonade stand as the only thing that gives any purpose to her life. Meanwhile, Jerome spends his days playing chess and isolating himself, always having struggled to find acceptance in his community. One day, Isa Isenberg and her son move into town and open a high-tech iced tea business, sending the townspeople into a crazed obsession. With reality quickly becoming distorted and confused, Juliette and Jerome must find a way to keep moving forward when everything familiar seems to be slipping away.
Co-produced with the Department of Music.
In partnership with the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the Meehan Family Theater and Dance Fund, and the Center for the Arts and Humanities.
Spring Dance Concert
March 10-11 at 7:30 p.m.
Featuring a residency with Crystal Brown and honors work by Leah Bilodeau ’17 and Kathryn Butler ’17.
Spring Director/Designer Showcase
Theater scenes that highlight the work of Colby student Directors and Designers.
Season is subject to change.