Monthly Archives: April 2011

A staged reading of HAPPY?, a new play by Joshua Lipman 12

The Department of Theater invites you to a staged reading of a new play titled HAPPY?, Honors Playwriting Thesis for Joshua Lipman ’11.  Happy is the term we use for fulfillment. Happy is the emotional state we are supposed to embody.  Happy is the goal. Happy is the bar against which we measure ourselves. Happy is the most highly valued and elusive thing on Earth. Happy is the bright side of a black hole. Happy is the search for joy in offing yourself. “Happy?”
May 2nd and 4th, 2011 at 7PM in the Frear Ensemble Theater

Aristophanes LYSISTRATA April 29 & 30 (Honors Directing Thesis Eva Amesse)

The Department of Theater presents Aristophanes’ LYSISTRATA. Performances will be on Friday, April 29th at 6 pm and 10 pm and on Saturday, April 30th at 7 pm in the Frear. The production will be directed by Eva Amessè ’11, an advanced directing and acting student in the Department of Theater. Lighting design will be by Jacob Gilbert ’12 (Haverford), sound design will be by Louis Jargow ’10, and costume design will be by Rachel Branker ’12. The faculty advisor for the production is Prof. Allen Kuharski, chair of the Department of Theater.

A cast of twelve Swarthmore actors will perform Dudley Fitts’ adaptation of Aristophanes’ anti-war play about the battle of the sexes, LYSISTRATA. This famous Greek Comedy tells the story of the women from opposing states who spend years suffering in silence, while their sons and husbands are off fighting a war with no end in sight. The women decide to put their differences aside in an effort to get their husbands to lay down their swords. They employ the only tactic that will get the men’s attention: a sex strike.

Eva Amessé ’11 is an Honors Theater Major, with concentrations in Acting and Directing, and an English Literature Minor. She has acted in the department’s productions of Carson’s AN ORESTEIA, Shakespeare’s MACBETH, Shakespeare’s PERICLES, Genet’s THE MAIDS, Wilde’s SALOME, Zimmerman’s METAMORPHOSES and Albee’s THREE TALL WOMEN. Through the Department of Theater Eva directed a scene from Wilson’s LUDLOW FAIR and staged an adaptation of Wasserstein’s UNCOMMON WOMEN AND OTHERS. While at Swarthmore, Eva also performed in the Drama Board’s productions of LACHIUSA and Wolfe’s THE WILD PARTY and Charles Inniss ’08’s original musical, WRITTEN IN THE STARS. Eva was a 2010 Berkshire Theatre Festival Apprentice and played the Mummy in THE MUMMY’S TALE AND OTHER STORIES FROM THE GREAT BEYOND. Eva is an Equity Membership Candidate and understudied the role of Claire in Albee’s A DELICATE BALANCE, directed by David Auburn. Eva is a former intern for Broadway Producer, Jed Bernstein, a proud graduate of the School of the Staten Island Ballet, and a musical theatre enthusiast.

The Swarthmore Follies 2011 in the Frear!

Join us for a night of farce scenes on April 16th and 17th at 7PM during Arts Weekend.  With BOSTON MARRIAGE by David Mamet, directed by Jeannette Leopold ’13 (HC) and IRMA VEP by Charles Ludlum, directed by Michelle Fennell ’12.

NB to the campus: due to a large off-campus crowd attending the Saturday performance as part of Arts Weekend, we will only be able to guarantee seating for current students, faculty and staff at the Sunday performance at 7 pm.  Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

The casts for the program include Monique Alfonso BMC ’14, Maddie Charne ’14, Xena Colby ‘11, Ryane Disken-Cahill ’12, and Anna Russell HC ’14.  Lighting Design is by Justin Hughes ’11.  Sound Design by Louis Jargow ’10.  Stage Management by Hannah Kurtz ’13.

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