MADELEINES by Bess Welden

Developmental workshop and public reading

Debra, a struggling food writer, has returned to her childhood home in Ohio’s rust belt to care for her declining mother Rose, an exacting cookie baker. When Jennifer, Debra’s very successful older sister, arrives for Rose’s funeral, shared memories and old sibling grievances boil to the surface. As the sisters confront their loss, a startling secret about their mother’s most-treasured Passover recipe emerges, which changes everything they thought they knew about their family. Three years later Debra returns triumphant to New York promoting her newly published cookbook-memoir to find Jennifer in a treacherous downward spiral. Spiced with poetry and smatterings of Yiddish and Spanish, MADELEINES tells the story of a family of Jewish women grappling with how to love each other through haunted pasts, shared grief, and the solace of baking together.

Saturday, October 2, all day workshop/open rehearsal
Sunday, October 3 at 3:00 PM, public reading
immediately followed by facilitated Critical Response Process
feedback session





Colby Dance Company: Repertory Projects

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Sunday, October 24 at 2 PM
Monday, October 25 at 7:30 PM











Colby Theater Company: Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde
by Moisés Kaufman

The upper classes of Victorian England, historic bastion of sexual propriety, would tolerate almost anything as long as they were not forced to confront it. But what happens when one of England’s most famous and beloved authors, Oscar Wilde, is publicly labeled a sodomite? Despite his notorious wit and considerable social privileges, even Wilde could not escape the conservative social morals and surveillance of the law. Within two years, Wilde went from literary lion and West End darling to convicted felon and ruined man. Using transcripts from the sensational trials, personal correspondence, interviews and other source materials, Moisés Kaufman’s Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde explores the individual courage and the societal hypocrisy that collided and colluded to bring about the downfall of the great man of letters whose artistic genius has long been overshadowed by the scandal surrounding his conviction. In staging this play, we will interrogate how histories of surveillance and persecution live on in contemporary legal formations and relate to struggles for LGBTQ+ rights to this day.


Friday, November 19 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 20 at 7:30 PM




Semester Showcase

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Tuesday, December 7, 4:30 PM – 6 PM










Light Art

JanPlan Performance

Wednesday, January 26 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, January 27 at 7:30 PM













Keely and Du by Jane Martin

Keely and Du is a theatrical play by Jane Martin. The play centres on Keely, a rape victim who became pregnant from a sexual assault and is being held captive by an extremist anti-abortion cult to prevent her from terminating the pregnancy, and Du, the cult member who is guarding her.

The play was a finalist for the 1994 Pulitzer Prize.

February 3-6






Collaborative Company

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Students will experience choreography as an unfolding process, creative research, and a collaborative endeavor. They will demonstrate fundamentals of theatrical production, communicate aesthetic ideas, and collaborate with artistic team colleagues.


Friday, April 29 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 30 at 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 PM
Location TBD






fringe Festival

Wednesday, April 27 – Saturday, May 7
Various Locations