A long and rich tradition extending back to 1928
The undergraduate program offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with concentrations in
arts administration; design/technology; film and television; performance;
physical theatre; theatre studies; and dance (minor).
The graduate program offers a Master of Fine Arts degree with specializations in acting; costume technology and design; scenic technology and design; properties technology
and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in theatre history, dramatic literature,
and dramatic theory and criticism.
By Adam Bock
Directed by Richard Holden
October 16 – 27, 2013
Siblings Ed and Adele inherit an enormous aviary that their late father built for his deceased wife, whose soul, he believed, had transformed into the body of a wren. The grown children are faced with the dilemma of what to do with the crumbling structure — sister-in-law Jane wants to build tidy new houses; friend Olivia wants to build The Church of the Fifth Day honoring birds and the Fifth Day of creation; Ed wants to let the building fall to the ground. Folded into this debate are issues of religious conviction, fear of commitment, the way Russian ballet resembles a hockey game, and the courtship of Ed by Tom, a gay professional hockey player.
By Lydia R. Diamond
Directed by Joy Vandervort-Cobb
February 12 – 23, 2014
Claude L. Shaver Theatre
When the LeVay family opens its house for a weekend visit, they end up airing more than the drapes. The LeVay brothers have invited the women in their lives to meet their parents at their luxurious Martha’s Vineyard summer home. Younger brother Kent, who has struggled to find direction and get along with his father, brings his fiancée Taylor, who studies insects. Taylor was raised in a lower-middle-class household by a single mother. Unaccustomed to privilege, she is uncomfortable in the LeVays’ home, especially with Cheryl, who is filling in for her mother as the LeVays’ maid. Eldest brother Flip, a successful plastic surgeon and womanizer, brings his new girlfriend, Kimber. Tensions flare as race, class and family become prime conversation topics. Then, when a phone call reveals a family secret, everything unravels. By the end of the weekend, lives have been turned upside-down and a family is left to reassemble the pieces.