Festival features capstone work of five theater majors

The Connecticut College Department of Theater has created a festival to showcase the capstone projects of five theater majors who will graduate next month as members of the Class of 2015.

In creating these capstone projects, theater majors employed the specific focus of their individual academic careers, whether writing, performing, directing or producing. They are assisted in the productions by student performers, crew members, stage managers and publicists, and mentored by members of the department faculty and guests.

The Theater Capstone Festival, which was produced by Christophe Desorbay ’15, runs Friday, April 24, through Friday, May 1, and includes the following productions:

“Gruesome Playground Injuries” will feature Terilyn Eisenhauer ’15 in a performance directed by Madison Winey ’15 on Friday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m.

“Fourth World (& Third & Second & First)” was written and scored by Andrew Marco ’15. It will be performed on Sunday, April 26, at 2 p.m. and Thursday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m.

“of the Beast,” written by Leila Teitelman ’15, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, and Friday, May 1.

David B. Jaffe, associate professor of theater, said, “The Theater Capstone Festival offers our students a unique chance to take on ambitious culminating projects, work with their peers on a very high level, and exchange creative and scholarly ideas with our faculty and professional guest designers as mentors. Rising students are seeing the works of the senior majors and allowing themselves to dream a bit on what they will undertake as their final project here at Conn. The students are inspiring each other.”

“All of the performances will offer a different, though refreshing and exciting, outlook on theater and its various forms,” added Desorbay. “It is an educational experience within itself and will hopefully inspire the audience in the same ways that it has inspired us. And I believe it will showcase new voices for the American theater.”

The performances are free and open to the public. Tickets will be available at the door 30 minutes before each show begins. For more information, contact the Theater Department at 860-439-2605.

April 22, 2015