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 Hannah Mackenzie-Margulies (Dance/Music), Larry Drui (Theatre), Kevin Snyder (Theatre), Brianna Walker (Theatre/Literature), and Liz Groombridge (Theatre/Psychology)
Feb 18, 19, 20, 7:30pm
Performance Lab and Atrium, Performing Arts Building

Five thesis candidates developing new works will present these world premieres in a festival format. Collectively, these five performances explore identity and the ways that performance is made. Hannah Mackenzie-Margulies explores the performance of Americanism in the context of Cold War cultural tours, Larry Drui explores voice acting through his original sound play, Kevin Snyder breaks the status quo through theatre, Brianna Walker deconstructs romance novel stereotypes through theatre installation, and Liz Groombridge explores the perception of non-binary identities.

Listen to the audio file for Call to Me

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
Performance Lab, Reed College Performing Arts Building

Reed Theatre welcomes Dominic Finoccharo (class of 2011) back to Reed for a reading of his latest play. In Trees in Their Youth four students struggle to navigate the pitfalls of privilege, race, and sexuality while attempting to survive their senior year of high school. A Q and A with the playwright will follow the reading. 

Finocchiaro's full-length plays include Astral Princess Saves Mankindbrother brothercomplexExotic, 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.


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.

Guerilla Girls On TourAct Like a Feminist Artist: what no one told you about starting a grassroots movement

Guerilla Girls On Tour!
Performance/Lecture by Aphra Behn
April 20, 8:15pm
Diver Studio Theatre, Performing Arts Building

Reed College departments of Theatre, Art, Political Science, English, the Dean's office, and the Cooley Gallery, are pleased to announce that Aphra Behn of Guerrilla Girls on Tour!, an internationally acclaimed anonymous theatre collective, will be on campus with a performance lecture: Act Like a Feminist Artist: what no one told you about starting a grassroots movement. Aphra shares her experiences as a feminist activist for almost 20 years as a member of Guerrilla Girls (1997-2001) and Guerrilla Girl On Tour! (2001-present). Revealing the inside workings of the grassroots groups she discusses the successes (protests, fax blitzes, speak outs and street theatre); the struggles (hate mail, death threats, backlash); and the downright defeats (sabotage, infighting). Act Like a Feminist Artist challenges audiences to rethink the concepts of what it means to be "grassroots," "activist," "artists," or "feminist." The talk is framed with readings from Aphra's upcoming memoir, "UN/MASKED, My Secret Identity Revealed" (forthcoming from Skyhorse Publications in October of 2016). If you have ever wondered what it is like to be a feminist masked avenger check out Act Like a Feminist Artist--what no one told you about starting a grassroots movement.

Guerrilla Girls On Tour! is an anonymous touring theatre company of 33 women trained in a variety of comedic theatre techniques who develop unique and outrageous activist plays, performance art, and street theatre. All of their work is presented using masks and draws from a variety of classic theatre techniques such as vaudeville, parody, sketch, improv, slapstick and song-and-dance resulting in a distinct feminist theatre style. Guerrilla Girls On Tour! aims to educate, entertain, and ultimately transform their audiences into identifying as feministists/activists/artists. In addition to creating new plays and performances Guerrilla Girls On Tour! also trains and educates via workshops, gallery exhibits, master classes and community collaborations which have resulted in participatory performance projects and site-specific productions that include local women's history. The troupe has presented over 200 performances and workshops around the world addressing reproductive rights, war, sex trafficking, hunger, herstory/history/hirstory and violence against women in the US, UK, Poland, Argentina, South Korea, Spain, Japan, China, Hungary, Slovenia, Greece, Ireland, France and Sweden. They can be reached at or tweeted @GuerrillaGsOT. In 2010 Guerrilla Girls On Tour received the Yoko Ono Courage for the Arts Award.


15-minute Q & A will follow the lecture.

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Hands UpHands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments

A Red Door Project production
Directed by Kevin Jones
April 22 & 23, 7:30 pm
Reed College Performing Arts Building
Black Box Theatre

The Theatre Department will host the Red Door Project's production of "Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments," a powerful set of monologues commissioned by The New Black Fest in the wake of police shootings of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and John Crawford III in Beavercreek, Ohio, and others. Seven black playwrights have been commissioned to write monologues that explore their feelings about the well-being of black people in a culture of institutional profiling.

Portland's Red Door Project is committed to changing the racial ecology of Portland through the arts.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted at the door.
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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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