2022-2023 Theater & Performance Studies Home Season

(W)RIGHT TO BE HUMAN

Prof. Natsu Onoda Power, Artistic Director


GU Theater & Performance Studies Program presets

Dog Act

By Liz Duffy Adams

Directed by Holly Twyford

Devine Theatre

In the post-apocalyptic wilderness of what was New England, the seasons change in an instant, and the laws of gravity sometimes fail. Enter vaudevillians Zetta Stone and Dog, cart in tow,  busking their way to “where the sun come out the sea”. At the end of the world, how do we heal from the past? How do we face the uncertainty of the future? Award-winning director Holly Twyford explores the landscape of destruction, hope, and transformation in this provocative, quick-witted comedy. 

“Wicked old world, but she ours.”

Wednesday, November 2 – Sunday, November 6

Wednesday, November 9 – Saturday, November 12

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FREE


GU Theater & Performance Studies Program presents

Bitter Flower

By Professor Jennifer Natalya Fink

Directed by Professor Anita Gonzalez

Gonda Theatre 

“I am hoping, Miss Addams, you can use your impressive voice to speak out against lynching.”

Chicago, 1900. Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Jane Addams meet in a parlor, politely sip tea, and profoundly disagree, all while surrounded by a chorus of opinionated hats. Bitter Flower, by award-winning novelist and playwright Professor Jennifer Natalya Fink (Department of English & Program in Disability Studies), examines the racism of the White suffrage movement and the visionary work of Black suffragists. Professor Anita Gonzalez (TPST and African American Studies; co-founding leader of the Racial Justice Institute) directs this workshop production, featuring original music by Jonathan Girling (Broadway’s The Kite Runner). 

After each performance, the audience is invited onstage for “tea in the parlor” with the cast and a special guest. 


November 16th: Racial Justice Institute
November 17th: Disability Studies
November 18th and 19th: Gender & Justice initiative 

FREE


GU Theater & Performance Studies Program presents

Land & Sea: Two Senior Theses

By Jake Teall & Caroline Slater

Two Senior Thesis Projects  

Devine Theatre

Jake Teall creates a participatory, choose-your-own-adventure. Get ready to solve a puzzle, escape reality, and traverse the land of many possibilities! 


Caroline Slater develops a new feminist musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. Probing the shadows of Andersen’s beloved fairy tale, this work follows Ariel as she takes her first tentative steps with the hope of finding love and herself.

Friday, February 17 – Sunday, February 19
Thursday, February 23 – Sunday, February 25


FREE


GU Theater & Performance Studies Program presents

One Flea Spare

By Naomi Wallace

Directed by Professor Maya E. Roth

Gonda Theatre

Set in London during The Great Plague of 1665, this exhilarating, political drama by Naomi Wallace explores what we imagine about history — and ourselves. A wealthy couple and two working class survivors quarantine together, bargaining with the nightwatchman who brings supplies. Who will survive and how?  

This Obie Award-winning play from 1995, seen through our pandemic lens, illuminates social inequities with hilarity and heart.

“We all went to sleep one morning and when we awoke the whole city was aglow with the fever. Sparrows fell dead from the sky into the hands of beggars.”

Wednesday, March 22 – Sunday, March 26
Wednesday, March 29 – Saturday, April 1


FREE


Please note:
Georgetown University is a vaccinated campus. Events scheduled at this time to be held live are subject to change. We ask that all attendees remain masked indoors, in compliance with the University’s public health guidelines, which may include additional guest registration protocols in effect at the time of the event. The University may limit capacity in certain indoor venues at any time. Attendees should be fully vaccinated, and anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 needs to stay home. 

All faculty and student artists working on DPA performances are taking every precaution to adhere to protocols and the latest public health guidelines, and to prioritize the safety and comfort of audience members and the wider community. 

We are committed to the safety of our entire community, and will be monitoring the ongoing pandemic to make adjustments as needed. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to sharing this vibrant season of events with you!


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