Senior Festival

CANCELED

Unfortunately the 9th annual Senior Festival has been canceled due to Covid-19. Normally it is a chance for graduating theater arts students to showcase their work. Caitlin Crane-Moscowitz, Haia Bchiri, Karina Wen, Rachel Greene and Rose Freudberg would have presented pieces they worked on all year.

The Emassey

Haia Bchiri

Estimated Run Time: 60 minutes

Performances: Thursday April 2 at 6:00pm, Saturday April 4 at 8:30pm, Sunday April 5 at 4:30pm

From Homeric epics to the brothers Grimm to Broadway, mothers and daughters have been getting short shrift. But in a world so permeated by the power of the patriarchy, matriarchal relationships are crucial. Through a series of loosely-connected comedic and dramatic vignettes and alternative sensory stimulation, The Emassey, explores the complexities of the mother-daughter relationships and the endless array of ways in which it manifests.

Speech and Debate

By Stephan Karam

With Caitlin Crane-Moscowitz

Estimated Run Time: 90 minutes

Performances: Thursday April 2 at 7:30pm, Saturday April 4 at 6:30pm, Sunday April 5 at 2:30pm

Three teenagers, Solomon, Diwata and Howie discover they are linked through a political scandal that has changed each of their lives, individually and together. Not taken seriously by his parents of teachers, Solomon decides to expose the truth but Diwata and Howie will stop at nothing to save their reputations. Determined to share her own narrative and for a chance to perform, Diwata decides the best way to expose the truth is through the founding of the school's Speech and Debate team. The play explores themes of sexuality, teen pregnancy, and overall lots of teen angst through dark comedy and, of course, musical theatre.

Paint the World

Directed by Rose Freudberg

Estimated Run Time: 60 minutes

Performances: Friday April 3 at 7:30pm, Saturday April 4 at 1:00pm, Sunday April 5 at 1:00pm

What would happen if all of the colors were stolen from the world? Can we still make art without colors? Paint the World will follow the story of a group of artists who work to restore color to the world through a journey to find emotion and human connection. Through movement work and ensemble devising, Paint the World brings this story to life without the use of any words or dialogue. With playfulness and whimsy, as well as more poignant moments, Paint the World explores themes of creativity and self expression and what it means to be an artist in today’s society.

Asiamnesia by Sun Mee Chomet

With Karina Wen

Directed by Sarah Shin

Estimated run time: 60 minutes

Performs on Friday, April 3 at 6:00pm, Saturday, April 4 at 5:00pm, and Sunday, April 5 at 8:30pm

Asiamnesia is a one-act play about the representation of Asian women in American film and theater. A cast of four actors cycles through approximately twenty roles, including an Asian-American actress, several Asian women from history, and familiar characters from the musical theater canon. Through scenes, music, movement, and poetry, Asiamnesia grapples with the racism of the American entertainment industry and explores what it means to be an Asian woman within that industry.

Margaret My Name

Original Text by William Shakespeare, Compiled by Rachel Greene

Directed by Zoe Golub-Sass

Estimated Run Time: 60 minutes

Performances: Friday April 3 at 9:00pm, Saturday April 4 at 2:30pm, Sunday April 5 at 7:00pm

Shakespeare has many plays named after the men who star in them, but none named after women. In Margaret My Name, the titular Queen Margaret of Anjou is lifted from the four Shakespeare plays in which she appears (Henry VI parts I, II, III, and Richard III) and is brought to the forefront of her own narrative. Margaret navigates existence as a woman and a queen from her abduction from France, to her arranged marriage to King Henry, to her love affair with Suffolk, to her rise to political prominence, to her battles with powerful political adversaries, to the birth of her son, to her many losses and triumphs. With special attention paid to Margaret’s relationships with the other women characters, this play will explore the avenues through which women grasp at agency and autonomy in the face of the men (and sometimes other women) who attempt to control and silence them.