Theatre Department

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Fall 2015

Bread and Puppet TheatreBread and Puppet Theatre Residency

With a public performance of "Fire" (1965)
October 16, 7:30pm (Reed community only)
October 17, 7:30pm (Open to the public)
Diver Studio Theatre
Tickets for 10/17: $10-20 sliding scale
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Reed Theatre is delighted to welcome Vermont's legendary Bread and Puppet Theatre to Reed for their sole Portland stop on this rare west coast tour. Fire was originally created in 1965 and later dedicated to three Americans who immolated themselves in protest against the war in Vietnam. Fire is a glimpse into seven days in a Vietnamese community which is incinerated by firebombs, followed by a scene referencing the protest self-immolations. Fire is performed with life-sized puppets which resemble their manipulators. George Dennison, author, educator, and longtime observer of Bread & Puppet, said: "To some extent (Fire) is a service to the dead. Beyond this it manifests certain of the deep premises of the human condition, the inequitableness of life, our dependencies on each other, the social nature of the self."

Nastaran AhmadiExile

by Nastaran Ahmadi
Directed by Catherine Ming T'ien Duffly
November 6, 7, 12, 13, and 14 at 7:30pm
Black Box Theatre, Performing Arts Building

*There will be a Talkback with playwright Nastaran Ahmadi after the performance on November 13th.

In Exile, an Iranian-American video game tester develops a game set in a post-nuclear apocalypse Iran, even as her own relationship becomes a fallout zone.

And I And Silence

by Naomi Wallace
Directed by thesis candidate Zoe Rosenfeld
December 3, 4, and 5 at 7:30pm
Black Box Theatre, Performing Arts Building

In 1950, two teenage girls – one Black, one white – form a perilous friendship inside the walls of a racially segregated women's penitentiary. In 1959, they are out of prison and living together, attempting to make good on the plans that they formed in their youth. The play ricochets back and forth between the years, painting a picture of two women who are fighting for their relationship, their independence, and their very survival in a world designed to crush them.

Spring 2016

Festival of New Works

By thesis candidates Kevin Snyder, Liz Groombridge, and Fiona Weidermann
Weekend of Feb 18-21 (exact dates and times still TBA)
Black Box Theatre, Performing Arts Building

Three thesis candidates developing short new works with small casts will present these world premieres in a festival format. Join them as Liz Groombridge explores the performativity of gender, Kevin Snyder interrogates Oregon's logging industry, and Fiona Weidermann raises questions about the performance of self.

4.48 Psychosis

by Sarah Kane
Directed by thesis candidate Jordan Jozwik
March 3, 4, and 5, at 7:30pm
Black Box Theatre, Performing Arts Building

"Hatch opens
Stark light
                     the rupture begins."

Dominic FinocchiaroTrees in Their Youth

A staged reading of a new play
by Dominic Finocchiaro '11
Directed by Kate Bredeson
March 11 at 7:30pm

Reed Theatre is welcomes Finoccharo back to Reed for a playwriting workshop with students and a reading of his latest play, about four students who struggle to navigate the pitfalls of privilege, race, and sexuality while attempting to survive their senior year of high school.

Finocchiaro's full-length plays include Astral Princess Saves Mankind,brother brother, complex, Exotic, The Found Dog Ribbon Dance, and The Lucky Ladies (someday you will be loved). His writing has been produced and developed around the country, including at Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Lark Play Development Center, Portland Center Stage, the Flea Theater, the Amoralists, Pavement Group, Ugly Rhino, Pipeline Theatre Company, Spookfish Theatre, the Secret Theatre, Play on Words Productions, Bookshop Workshops, Hearth Gods, Communal Spaces, and at the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival. Finocchiaro is a native of San Francisco, a graduate of Reed College, and is currently in the process of completing the MFA Playwriting program at Columbia University. He has also trained as a writer at the New School for Drama, the Kennedy Center, the Playwrights Foundation, and through the Pataphysics at The Flea Theater.

We The People (Working Title)

Devised by The Cast
Directed by Elliot Leffler
April 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16 at 7:30pm
Diver Studio Theatre, Performing Arts Building

What does it mean to be a citizen? What ought it mean? As citizens of the US, what do we owe one another – if anything? Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY) has proposed that universal military service is a crucial step towards an equal citizenry in the US. He argues that unless and until we all bear the burdens of war equally, we'll preserve an unjust and imbalanced system in which poor men of color pay the price for rich white men's wars. This devised performance invites audiences to consider Rangel's proposal as we simultaneously unravel larger questions about the nature of citizenship.

Thesis Shows
$5.00 General admission
$3.00 All students, Reed faculty and staff, and seniors (over 62)

Faculty Shows
$7.00 General admission
$5.00 Seniors (over 62) and non-Reed students
$3.00 Reed students, faculty, staff and alumni

Performances begin at 7:30pm unless otherwise noted.

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