Fifth annual Theater Capstone Festival April 26-May 3 showcases seniors' creative works

The Department of Theater presents its 5th Annual Theater Capstone Festival, a collective opportunity for seniors to finish their college careers with a major research or creative project. Admission is free, and each project is performed twice, allowing the public and the Connecticut College community an additional opportunity to view the works, to be performed from April 26 through May 3 in Tansill Theater.   

“We invite our students, as they look toward their culminating work, to take risks, to deepen their work, to find their theatrical voices as actors, designers, directors, scholars, writers, or beyond,” said David Jaffe, professor of theater.

The performances, dates and times are as follows:

“firefly / a foreigner's tale”
A Capstone in Playwriting by Misao McGregor
Thursday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 28, at 4 p.m. 

“a firefly that flies too far and burns too bright” - these are the words to describe a generational line of women whose spirits are forced to be contained by their political surroundings. As Hotaru looks back on her life, confronting her time in the japanese internment camps, her granddaughter, Chiyako, looks forward to her future, unsure of how to proceed in a way that will both fulfill her own desires and live up to the sacrifices her family has made for her. In this new play, inherited experience ties these two generations together as they fight for the freedom to love while inhabiting a skin they can’t escape.

“The Nether”
by Jennifer Haley
A Capstone in Directing by Jason Karos
A Capstone in Production/Media Design by Rebecca Brill Weitz

Friday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 29, at 2 p.m.

We can begin where our bodies end; images - ideas - can create reality. In Jennifer Haley's “The Nether,” friction between the real world and the virtual world of "The Nether" culminates when Detective Morris investigates into a special realm called "The Hideaway." Slowly, Detective Morris and the residents of “The Hideaway” are forced to come to terms with all of what makes them who they are.

“In the Spotlight”
A Capstone in Playwriting by Lindsey Ruzza
A Capstone in Acting by Lizzy Moreno
A Capstone in Acting by Dara Pohl Feldman

Saturday, April 28, at 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 29, at 7 p.m.

What happens when power is abused and the lines are blurred? “In the Spotlight” is an original play based on the mental, physical and sexual abuse perpetrated by the artistic director at the Profiles Theatre in Chicago in 2016. Follow Maya and Violet as they both navigate exploitation and realize the power of female friendship. In an age fraught with confusion and pain, this play attempts to answer questions like how do we hold perpetrators accountable, how do we move on, and how do we reclaim our power?

“in the ribs”

A Punk-Ass Capstone in Devised Theater
Created and Performed by Catherine Healey, Gabrielle Schlein and Katie Soricelli
Thursday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m.

We are three new born punk ROCKERS//we are here to draw inspiration from the Riot Grrrl movement//we are here to increase the representation of women in rock music//women on stage//and everything in between//we are here to collaborate without hierarchy//we are here as an ensemble//exploring unconventional forms of storytelling//we are here to scream//to comment//to scream our comments// and we are not your grrrls.

For more information, contact Donna Holman in the Theater Department,,  (860) 439-2605.

April 17, 2018