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.
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 captures wrestling with identity politics throughout crucial moments of development and self discovery. In spite being hopeful for a better future, how does one navigating oppression on a moment to moment basis? What if anything actually grows in the Garden of Dreams?
The Master Builder
By Henrik Ibsen
Translated from the Norwegian by Paul Walsh
November 17-19 at 7:30 p.m.
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.
By Katie Monteleone ’18 and Josua Lutian ’18
February 2-4 at 7:30 p.m.
Lemonade Stand is a colorful, upbeat new musical that tells the story of a small town girl named Juliette who runs her own lemonade stand. The show follows Juliette and her brother Jerome as they struggle to find their way in a community where no one dares to be different. Things take a turn for the worst when the Isenberg family moves in down the road and opens a high-tech iced tea business. Will Juliette find that something more she has been searching for and will Jerome finally stop running from the truth? Complete with family drama, a town of eccentric characters, a complicated love triangle and an evil iced tea villain, Lemonade Stand is a fun, heart-filled comedy that will make you laugh, cry, and ponder the most difficult question of all: iced tea, or lemonade?
Co-produced with the Department of Music
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
April 21-22 at 7:30 p.m.
Theater scenes that highlight the work of Colby student Directors and Designers.
Season is subject to change.