Theater Special Events 2019-20
Monday, September 2 at 2:30 p.m.
Page-to-Stage Festival at the Kennedy Center
A staged reading
Fandom for Robots
By Rachel Linton (SFS ’19)
Directed by Vanessa Gilbert
Can a robot make friends? A human and a robot bond through their shared love of anime. But when they meet in the real world, it’s complicated… This quirky, heartfelt play by an exciting young Alumna Playwright was first incubated in Georgetown University’s Hope Playwriting Seminar, taught by Christine Evans. In keeping with our annual tradition, it will kick off our TPST’s Special Events on Labor Day Weekend—featuring student, alumni and faculty/staff artists in collaboration for DC and Georgetown audiences.
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, South Atrium Foyer
Check kennedy-center.org for festival details.
Wednesday, October 2 at 7 p.m.
By Václav Havel
Presented in Czech with English captions
Part of the Czech Embassy’s Mutual Inspirations Festival
In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, the Davis Performing Arts Center joins the Czech Embassy in hosting Celetna Theater’s production of Václav Havel’s Audience, featuring director and actor Jakub Špalek, and Jan Potměšil, who was a student activist in Prague in 1989. Following the play, the visiting artists join Georgetown students who visited the Prague Quadrennial in a free ranging talk about Prague then and now, as well as collaboration and activism.
DAVIS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, DEVINE STUDIO THEATRE
FREE, register at performingarts.georgetown.edu.
Lesbian & Queer Plays from the Jane Chambers Prize
Edited by Prof. Maya E. Roth and Jennifer-Scott Mobley
This book launch event features readings from this first of two volumes, co-edited by Theater & Performance Studies Program Prof. Maya E. Roth. The publication, a collaboration between WTP and NoPassport Press, gathers five plays from the history of the Jane Chambers Prize: Unspeakable Acts by Mary F. Casey, Full/Self by Claire Chafee,The Siegels of Montauk by Meryl Cohn, A Live Dress by MJ Kaufman and Femmes: A Tragedy by Gina Young. The Jane Chambers Prize recognizes plays and scripts for performance written by a woman that present a feminist perspective and significant roles for female performers, and is given annually in memory of lesbian playwright Jane Chambers who, through her plays and activism, became a major feminist voice in American theater.
Dates TBD, Late Spring
Geodesic Time Machine
A TPST Site-Specific Performance Event & Thesis Project
By Jonathan Compo (COL ’20)
Advised by Prof. Natsu Onoda Power
Coming to a lawn near you in honor of Earth Day—and environmental activism! In the early seventies, tens of thousands of young Americans reneged on city life and struck out for subsistence farms. The Back-to-the-Land movement faced the prospect of ecological catastrophe with hope and radical action. Designer-Performer Jonathan Compo creates a performance installation for today’s Georgetown inspired by these young activists who modeled organizational strategy, faith, and sustainable living. Their history and theatrics inspire the Geodesic Time Machine. Coming to a lawn near you! Performance dates TBD in late spring: in the Geodesic Dome on campus. Get back to Back-To-The-Land!
Friday, November 15, time TBD
Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski
By Clark Young and Prof. Derek Goldman
Directed by Prof. Derek Goldman
An original world-premiere production created and presented by Georgetown’s Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics
Oscar-nominated actor David Strathairn (Good Night and Good Luck; Lincoln), stars in this powerful and timely world premiere solo play which explores the legacy of Jan Karski, Polish World War II hero, Holocaust witness, and longtime beloved SFS professor. The play brings home the enduring lessons of Karski’s extraordinary life — especially his belief in humanity, even in the darkest times. This event is part of the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service Centennial Weekend.
FREE, but ticketed.
View the Georgetown University Theater & Performance Studies Program’s 2019-20 mainstage season at the Davis Performing Arts Center.