2020-2021 Theater & Performance Studies Season

Watering can pours a stream of water to the words Seeds of Change, which sprout roots

15th Anniversary Season: Seeds of Change: Reimagining the World

Prof. Maya E. Roth, Artistic Director

2020-21 season at the Davis Performing Arts Center

(Full schedule dates TBA)


Letters & Poems Project: Episode 3

Curated and Directed by Prof. Maya E. Roth

Saturday, March 6 at 8 p.m.

The Letters & Poems Project presents a series of devised performances presented across the Season—this one featuring Alumni, in honor of our 15th Anniversary Season of the Davis Center. Across the year, Letters & Poems sources nominations from students, faculty, staff and alumni reading great letters and poems aloud, a moving way to encounter the archives & diversify memory and performance. Itself a letter to creative community, The Letters & Poems Project creates virtual community to buoy us and reflect on these times, together. The Davis Performing Arts Center’s 2020-2021 Home Season celebrates “Seeds of Change: Reimagining the World (new window),” programmed by Professor Maya E. Roth, Artistic Director, in honor of our 15th Anniversary.

Watch the Oct. 16-17 first episode of the Letters & Poems Project and the Nov. 19 second episode, alumni share on our YouTube Channel.

View the full Letters and Poems website.

Guerrilla Costuming

Friday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m.

Costume shops across the country have varying levels of resources ranging from seemingly endless to non-existent. In Guerrilla Costuming, taught by Georgetown’s costume shop manager Dorothy Barnes Driggers, three brave students with little to no prior experience explored the process of creating costumes, in a pinch, on a budget, without sacrificing design. This video will chronicle the student artisans’ semester of raiding their closets and enlisting their roommates to create three-dimensional looks from two-dimensional images. We’ll also introduce the Guerrilla Costuming Home Challenge–an opportunity to realize one of three designs rendered by our students from your own closet/living space! Prizes will be given for the Best Fidelity to the Rendering, Best Spirit, and Most Resourceful. The Challenge will be dropped on November 30 as part of the mini-documentary of the class experience. Interactive! Educational! A fun way to assess what you’ve got in your closet! Guerrilla Costuming is an offering in the Davis Performing Arts Center/Theater & Performance Studies Program’s 15th Anniversary Home Season, “Seeds of Change: Reimagining the World (new window).”

FREE | Register through Eventbrite (new window)

Available through the Georgetown University Dept. of Performing Arts YouTube Channel (new window) 

The Rover (ReFrame) 3

Envisioned by Director/Dramaturge Prof. Maya E. Roth with Designs by John Alexander, Kelsey Hunt, Emily Lotz, Justin Schmitz and Tommy Wang

An experiential encounter with the world of The Rover, blending Aphra Behn’s vision and the design team’s imagination, inspired by Silk Road crossings and carnevale. Our Davis Center Lobby Installations will also showcase Letters from the Pandemic, a collaboration of The Rover Cast from last spring with Mask Designer Ryan Davis (C’21), and class projects from Prof Roth’s class.

Here I Am

World Premiere Virtual Performance
Created by the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics in partnership with the GU Theater & Performance Studies Program

Premiering Online in Conjunction with Emancipation Day the week of April 16, 2021

Preview: Tuesday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. EST

Opening Night: Thursday, April 15 at 5:30 p.m. EST in association with the Universities Studying Slavery Annual Conference, hosted by Georgetown

Friday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. EST

Saturday, April 17 at 3:00 p.m. EST

An Original Performance by Mélisande Short-Colomb
Performed by Mélisande Short-Colomb and Somi (Grammy Award-nominated vocalist/musician) 

Co-Created by Colomb in collaboration with Nikkole Salter (Obie Award-winning playwright), Somi, and Derek Goldman

Multimedia Design by Jared Mezzocchi, with Jeremy Bennett 
Stage Management and Research Dramaturgy by Michael Donnay 

A native of New Orleans who began her studies at Georgetown in 2017 at the age of 63, Mélisande Short-Colomb is a direct descendant of Abraham Mahoney and Mary Ellen Queen who were among the 314 members of the group known today as the GU272, enslaved people owned and sold by the Maryland Jesuits in 1838 to rescue Georgetown University from insolvency and bankruptcy.  More than an autobiographical chronicle, this ritualistic experience weaves narrative, music, and imagery, inviting the audience on an experiential journey exploring Colomb’s loving and complicated relationship with the institution that enslaved her ancestors. Interrogating uncomfortable truths, rather than offering easy answers, HERE I AM challenges participants to bear witness and to reckon with their own histories, and to imagine the future of racial justice in America.

Totally Manageable, Easily Treatable

A Creative Senior Thesis Project by Grace Crozier (C’21)
Advised by Prof. Derek Goldman

Autobiographical and theatrically inventive, intimate and socially engaged, this solo performance explores lived experiences of illness and wellness, access, and self-care. In partnership with the Program in Disability Studies (including special Talkbacks).


Created by Fatima Dyfan (C ’20)
Co-Produced by Black Theatre Ensemble and TPST
Advised by Prof. Maya E. Roth

This new work by Senior Fatima Dyfan, an African-American Studies major and TPST minor, celebrates the magical journey of a Black radical feminist in the making.

Davis Performing Arts Center 15th Anniversary

Celebrate the 15th anniversary of Georgetown’s arts hub in an exciting array of events with alumni, faculty, and current students!

Okinawa Field Trip

Written and Directed by Prof. Natsu Onoda Power

In “Okinawa Field Trip,” the main project in TPST’s Home Season this spring, groups of audiences (20-30), will go on a virtual “bus” to “imaginary” Okinawa. As the bus travels through time and space, the audiences will encounter characters from Okinawan folk tales, take selfies on beautiful beaches, meet ghosts of US soldiers who came back looking for their girlfriends, and participate in contemporary-day protest against the construction of a new US Marine base in Henoko Bay. Through these interactions, the performance will explore the themes of US-Japan relationships, social justice, historical reconciliation, WWII, and environmental issues.

Think Magical Mystery Tour meets Get on the Bus meets The March of the Penguins… but interactive!  

Interested in participating in the related class? Fill out the Class Interest Form (new window).


Sí Se Puede: Puerto Rican Lighting Designers

Monday, September 28 from 7 p.m.-8 p.m.

Puerto Rican Lighting Designers share their journey through their design process— from their design ideas to opening night and beyond. Helen Hayes Award-winning Lighting Designer Alberto Segarra convenes fellow Boricua designers with origins in designing for theater for a conversation about how their training in Puerto Rico reverberates through their artistic process and the many ways they make art today across borders and contexts. Guests include Manuel Ramirez Guevara, Marién V. Rodriguez, and Alex Soto- with work ranging  from museum installations to regional theater, arena concerts to  private architectural spaces. 


FREE, Register at https://forms.gle/yE9CWKtpZZu1X2hs7

Theater of War presented by
Georgetown University, Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics, Royden B. Davis Performing Arts Center,  Harvard University, Scripps College, Duke University, Pomona College, Smith College, The Jandon Center for Community Engagement, Clarmont McKenna College, Emory University, and University of Cincinnati  

Antigone in Ferguson
A dramatic reading of Antigone, by Sophocles 

Friday, October 2 at 5 p.m. 

Translated, directed and facilitated by Bryan Doerries
Music composed and conducted by Dr. Philip Woodmore
Co-facilitated by De-Andrea Blaylock Johnson

Antigone in Ferguson is a groundbreaking project that fuses dramatic readings by acclaimed actors of Sophocles’ Antigone with live choral music performed by a diverse choir, from St. Louis, Missouri and New York City culminating in powerful, healing discussions about racialized violence, police brutality, systemic oppression, gender-based violence, health inequality, and social justice. 

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Co-sponsored by the Georgetown University Department of Classics, Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics, Royden B. Davis Performing Arts Center,  together with Harvard University, Scripps College, Duke University, Pomona College, Smith College, The Jandon Center for Community Engagement, Clarmont McKenna College, Emory University, and University of Cincinnati  

Flash Acts Festival

October 8-13

From more than 150 of the most innovative playwrights, directors, actors, and designers from across Russia and the U.S. comes Flash Acts, a groundbreaking virtual festival of short plays to entertain, provoke, and bridge cultural divides. Featuring newly commissioned short plays by 20 celebrated American and Russian playwrights, the bilingual project will feature newly commissioned short plays based on the timely theme of isolation: artistic, political, interpersonal, and physical: 10 by American playwrights – including Georgetown University Theater & Performance Studies Program faculty member Christine Evans and Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics Think Tank member Heather Raffo – and 10 by Russian playwrights. GU Theater & Performance Studies Program Prof. Maya E. Roth, Prof. Natsu Onoda Power, and alumnus Isaiah Matthew Wooden also direct as part of the festival and students and alumni participate in casts and crew. This first-of-its-kind festival will premiere two productions–one in English and one in Russian–of four new plays daily. Each play will be performed by different creative teams in Russian and English. The festival will also feature six panel discussions, as well as a music lounge featuring performances by Russian and American musicians. 


Co-sponsored by The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, the Medical Humanities Initiative, Georgetown Humanities Initiative, LGBTQ Resource Center, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Department of Performing Arts

The Race 2020

Tuesday, October 20 at 5 p.m.

A Virtual Performance Event Presented by The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, Georgetown University’s Theater & Performance Studies Program and Sojourn Theatre

As we hurtle toward what many are calling the most important election in living memory, this participatory theatrical event explores critical questions about leadership and democracy through the voices of a diverse chorus of participating citizen-artists.The Race (described here in this Washington Post article from 2008) blends performance, call and response, question and answer, a global Skype chorus, dance and karaoke into a participatory exploration of what America wants in a leader. As part of a national festival supporting a dozen new productions of The Race at professional theaters and universities, The Race, 2020 will revisit and update the celebrated original 2008 Georgetown and Sojourn co-production of The Race, bringing together alumni cast from that production with current GU students, DC and national guests, and The Lab’s Global Fellows. 

Join us for this one-time event! Register on Eventbrite.

The Great Work Begins: Revisiting Angels in America During a Pandemic

Tuesday, October 27 at 5 p.m.

This special program of performance and discussion will combine scenes performed by leading professional actors from Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning two-part epic play Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes with insights from experts from the medical, political, and artistic communities on the legacy and continued resonance of the play’s portrayal of the AIDS Epidemic in the context of the current moment. 

FREE, https://georgetown.zoom.us/j/99910057920

One Flea Spare and the Works of Naomi Wallace in the Time of COVID-19

Friday, November 13 at 1:30 p.m. ET

Sponsored by The One Flea Spare Project Co-Partners: Georgetown University’s Theater & Performance Studies Program and Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, Fordham University, Princeton, SUNY Purchase, and UMass Amherst

A conversation between playwright Naomi Wallace, designer Riccardo Hernández, historian Robin D. G. Kelley, theatre director and Princeton faculty member Elena Araoz, and Georgetown Distinguished Della Rosa Associate Professor Maya E. Roth with insights on the timely nature of Wallace’s play One Flea Spare in the current climate. For more information about the One Flea Spare Project, visit https://www.theonefleaspareproject.com/
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FREE, register for the webinar on Zoom (new window)

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