2018-2019 THEATER AND PERFORMANCE STUDIES SEASON

Friends, Far & Near 2018-19 season artfriends, far and near

2018-19 theater & performance studies program season at the Davis Performing Arts Center

The 2018-19 Theater & Performance Studies Program season, FRIENDS, FAR & NEAR, is characterized by partnerships and co-productions. We are collaborating with the Czech Embassy, Svanda Theatre from Prague, the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, Mask and Bauble Dramatic Society, and Theater J, to name a few — and of course we still have an exciting line-up of events through our ongoing partnership with Arena Stage. The plays themselves echo this theme as well — friendship formed, challenged, destroyed and fostered are strong motifs in several of the productions.

 

 


September 20-23

Svanda Theatre show artSvanda Theatre: Four Plays from Prague

with The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, in association with the Embassy of the Czech Republic and City of Prague, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, and Arts Institut - Theatre Institut

All performed in English, except for Havel's "Protest" which will be performed in Czech with English subtitles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 4 p.m. (post-show talkback) and 7:30 p.m. (post-show reception)

The Good and the True actress Hana PravdaThe Good and the True

By Tomas Hrbek, Lucie Kolouchová, Daniel Hrbek 
Translated from Czech by Lucie Kolouchová 
English Adaptation by Brian Daniels
Directed by Daniel Hrbek

"A remarkable piece of verbatim theatre" (Yorkshire Evening Post), this play weaves together testimonies of two Auschwitz survivors who led similarly extraordinary lives, but never actually met: Athlete Miloš Dobrý and actress Hana Pravda.  

DAVIS CENTER, DEVINE STUDIO THEATRE 

Buy tickets now for Svanda Theatre's The Good and the True

 

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Friday, September 21, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 4 p.m. (post-show talkback)
Two one-act plays

Protest and The Debt photoProtest 

By Václav Havel 
Translated from Czech by Jan Novak 
Directed by Daniel Hrbek

The Debt 

By Marek Hejduk
Translated from Czech by Alex Zucker
Directed by Daniel Hrbek

What happens when two writers meet - one who is not allowed to write and the other who writes whatever he wants? What if the first one has a surprising proposal for the second one? And what if the two of them meet years later when they can write freely but it is not working? Brilliant Václav Havel´s dialogue is confronted with the dramatic attempt of a debuting author.

DAVIS CENTER, DEVINE STUDIO THEATRE

Buy tickets now for Svanda Theatre's Protest and The Debt

 

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Saturday, September 22 at 8 p.m. (post-show talkback)
Sunday, September 23 at 2 p.m.

Czech actors in Pankrac '45Pankrác '45

By Martina Kinská
Translated from Czech by Barbara Day
Directed by Martina Kinska

Casting for an execution...Based on the real-life incarceration of five women in the Pankrác Prison during a time of post-WWII national cleansing in Czechoslovakia, this story explores the relativity of guilt, responsibility for one's actions, and the struggle to survive within the machinery of history.

DAVIS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, GONDA THEATRE

FRIDAY/SATURDAY EVENING: $18 GENERAL | $15 FACULTY, STAFF, ALUMNI, SENIOR | $10 STUDENT
ALL OTHER PERFORMANCES: $15 GENERAL | $12 FACULTY, STAFF, ALUMNI, SENIOR | $7 STUDENT

Buy tickets now for Svanda Theatre's Pankrac '45

 


Thursday-Saturday, November 8-10 at 8 p.m. 
Sunday, November 11 at 2 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday, November 15-17 at 8 p.m.

Our Class show art: 10 children play Red Rover near a schoolhouseOur Class

Written by Tadeusz Slobodzianek 
Adapted by Norman Allen
Directed by Professor Derek Goldman

Our Class tells the powerful, sweeping story of 10 Polish classmates—five Catholic and five Jewish—over 80 years of their lives from the 1920s to early 2000s. As they grow up, their lives take dramatically unexpected turns as their country is torn apart by invading Soviet and German armies. Friend betrays friend and violence quickly escalates, reaching a crescendo that forever haunts the survivors. Winner of the prestigious Nike Literary Award, and based on true events in the Polish town of Jedwabne, Our Class has profoundly affected audiences around the world since its premiere at London's National Theatre. Prof. Derek Goldman reunites with members of the artistic team from his celebrated 2012 professional production at Theater J for a new student production of this urgently timely play that cuts to the core of Georgetown's mission and values. This production is part of the Georgetown University Theater & Performance Studies Program’s 2018-19 season, Friends, Far & Near.

DAVIS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, GONDA THEATRE
FRIDAY/SATURDAY EVENING: $18 GENERAL | $15 FACULTY, STAFF, ALUMNI, SENIOR | $10 STUDENT 
ALL OTHER PERFORMANCES: $15 GENERAL | $12 FACULTY, STAFF, ALUMNI, SENIOR | $7 STUDENT

Buy tickets now for Our Class

 


Thursday-Saturday, January 24-26 at 8 p.m. 
Sunday, January 27 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, January 30-Saturday, February 2 at 8 p.m.

CO-PRODUCTION WITH MASK AND BAUBLE DRAMATIC SOCIETY

Speech and Debate show artSpeech and Debate

By Stephen Karam
Directed by Mark Camilli (COL '19)
Advised by Professor Maya E. Roth
Stage Managed by Abi Franklin (COL ’19)

Following the sex scandal of the Republican mayor of Salem, Oregon, three outcast teens are brought together by an unconventional debate team at Salem High School complete with a musical version of The Crucible and a plot to take down the corrupt adults around them. Solomon, a nerdy teen passionate about journalism, hopes to expose homophobic closeted men in positions of power. Diwata's trying to out her creepy drama teacher who blocks her dreams of stardom. Howie, new to the school, is fighting for the first gay/straight alliance in the area. In this dark comedy with music about sexuality, identity, and power, no one's secrets are off limits... including their own.

DAVIS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, DEVINE STUDIO THEATRE
$12 GENERAL | $8 STUDENT

Buy tickets now for Speech and Debate

 


Wednesday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, March 15 & 16 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. (Opening)
Wednesday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. (Cast talkback post-show) 
Saturday, March 23 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 24 at 2 p.m. (Creative Conversation post show) and 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 27 at 12 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 30 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 31 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (evening post-show symposium)
Wednesday & Thursday, April 3 & 4 at 7:30 p.m. 
Saturday, April 6 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 7 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THEATER J

The Jewish Queen Lear show artThe Jewish Queen Lear

Jacob Gordin's Mirele Efros
English Translation by Nahma Sandrow 
Directed by Adam Immerwahr
English-language world premiere!

If it's not one thing, it's your mother! Written in 1898, Gordin’s story of power and pride revolves around Mirele Efros, a wealthy widow and clever business woman who wants to find a good wife for her son. When her children turn against her, Mirele experiences a fall of Shakespearean proportions. Wildly successful in its time, Gordin’s masterpiece of Yiddish theater shines in a scintillating new English translation. Produced in partnership with Theater J and directed by Theater J's Artistic Director. Featuring Tonya Beckman, Valerie Leonard, Sasha Olinick, Sue Jin Song, and Frank X.

DAVIS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, GONDA THEATRE
$30-$64 general |  GU student/faculty/staff discount available with valid I.D. and applicable code.

Buy tickets for The Jewish Queen Lear through Theater J

 

Read more about the production on Theater J's site.


Theater Special Events 2018-19 

Monday, September 3 at 7 p.m.

17th Annual Page-to-Stage Festival at the Kennedy Center
GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY THEATER & PERFORMANCE STUDIES PROGRAM
A staged reading

Unfinished Album of Lazarus Lovesong

By K.J. Moran (COL ‘19) 
Music by Isaac Warren (COL '20)
Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer
Advised by Professor Natsu Onoda Power
Stage Managed by Julia Beu (COL '20)
Music Directed by Nicole Albanese (COL '20)

In between concerts and classes, Louise is a student still reeling from her sexual assault a year ago. When she meets a new beau, Lou must face her anxieties head on and figure out how to be intimate without reliving the trauma of her past. A dramedy about the friends, poets, and bands that get us through our darkest moments, Unfinished Album of Lazarus Lovesong is the soundtrack of Lou's resurrection and an ode to survivors everywhere. Developed in Georgetown University’s Hope Playwriting Seminar and directed by the Associate Artistic Director of Imagination Stage.

Featuring performances by

Megan Spinella (COL '19) 
Andrew Molinari (COL '21) Chris Phillips (MSB '20) Healy Knight (COL '20) Nolan Peacock (COL '21) Mark Camilli (COL '19) Jenni Loo (COL '21) Gabe Berkowitz (MSB '20)

JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, FAMILY THEATER
FREE  
Content warning for themes of sexual assault, depression, and suicide

Additional festival details at www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/XSP4S.


SPRING 2019

Residency with Obehi Janice (SFS '09)

Award-winning actress, writer, comedian, and Georgetown University alumna Obehi Janice returns to lead a spring residency with GU Theater & Performance Studies Program students, including workshops and class visits. Janice is a member of the 2018-19 Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater. Her plays include Ole White Sugah Daddy, Era Era, Selah, African Tea, and her one-woman show Fufu & Oreos, and her work has been featured in American Theatre Magazine, Bustle, NPR, and For Harriet. She is a Luminary Artist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, a Creative Resident at SPACE on Ryder Farm and the recipient of a TCG Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship. She works on stage, screen and as a voice actress in commercials, radio and cartoons. The Improper Bostonian named her “Boston’s Best Actress” in 2014 and she received an IRNE Award for Best Solo Performance for her starring role in We're Gonna Die (Company One Theatre/OBERON).


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