season 39, 2020-2021
a serial podcast featuring The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Directed by Maddie Warner (COL '21) and company members
Produced by Cory Kleinman (COL '21)
Stage Managed by Angela Nguyen (COL '24)
Technical Direction by Phoebe Shiffman (COL '20)
This weekly/alternating weekly radio drama will be told by various voice actors over the course of six to eight weeks. Though The Importance of Being Earnest is the current focus, additional student-written scripts may be pursued so be sure to keep checking back for more.
On The Importance of Being Earnest: "Jack wishes to marry Algernon’s cousin the beautiful Gwendolen but first he must convince her mother, the fearsome Lady Bracknell, of the respectability of his parents and his past. For Jack, however, this is not as easy as it sounds, having started life abandoned in a handbag at Victoria station. Prepare to take a welcome turn with Wilde’s much-loved Algernon, Jack, Gwendolen and Cecily, as town and country clash in a brilliant and wildly funny story of romance, identity, perambulators and capacious handbags." - The Original Theatre Company
Directed by Amy Li (COL '22)
Produced by Ashanee Kottage (SFS '22)
Stage Managed by Joseph Ravago (COL '23)
Technical Direction by Kennedy Burroughs (SFS '23)
by Sarah Ruhl
“Dear Elizabeth is a moving and innovative play based on one of the greatest correspondences in literary history. From 1947 to 1977, Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop exchanged more than four hundred letters. Describing the writing of their poems, their travel and daily illnesses, the pyrotechnics of their romantic relationships, and the profound affection they had for each other, these missives are the most intimate record available of both poets and one of the greatest correspondences in American literature.
The playwright Sarah Ruhl fell in love with these letters and set herself an unusual challenge: to turn this thirty-year exchange into a stage play, and to bring to life the friendship of two writers who were rarely even in the same country. As innovative as it is moving, Dear Elizabeth gives voice to a conversation that lived mostly in writing, illuminating some of the finest poems of the twentieth century and the minds that produced them." - Portland Stage
Check back later for more info on performance dates and tickets!
book by Joe Masteroff
based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood
music by John Kander
lyrics by Fred Ebb
a co-production with the Theater and Performance Studies Program
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are sad to announce that we have postponed this co-production with TPST to next fall 2021. Please click here to read a note from our director, Matthew Phillips (COL'23), regarding his thoughts on this decision and his desire to stay committed to the project.
“In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920's draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee's bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin's natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken with English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally's boarding house, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish. Musical numbers include "Willkommen," "Cabaret," "Don't Tell Mama" and "Two Ladies.” - Concord Theatrics