Monthly Archives: April 2013


5pm, Thursday May 2
Tarble in Clothier (upstairs space)

Come see a series of short pieces created by students in this
semester’s Movement Theatre Workshop.  The pieces will include mask
work, a melodrama, tragic chorus pieces and other original works of
physical theatre created by the students during the semester.  Should
last no more than an hour. –Professor Quinn Bauriedel

UNSTUCK, Honors Thesis in Directing (5/3-5/5/2013)

unstuck_poster_2swift UNSTUCK is a new story about memory, creation, and the reality of loss. Inspired by the works of Jorge Luis Borges, Salman Rushdie, David Mazzucchelli, and more, this is a collaboratively crafted tale of magical thinking collapsed into stark magical realism. Shadows dance around an artist and his sister as they push the boundaries of what makes our world physical.

Directed and Conceived by Meryl Sands ’13

and Featuring and Created by
Christina Aruffo ’14, Amelia Dornbush ’15, Sam Swift Shuker-Haines ’14, Joshua McLucas ’15, & Benjamin Books Schwartz ’13.

Stage Managed by Zack Martin ’13
with Set Design by Matt Saunders, Costume Design by Dyan Rizzo-Busack ’15, Lighting Design by Josh Schulman, Sound Design by Elizabeth Atkinson, & Projection/Media Design by Fernando Maldonado ’13


May 3 and May 4 @ 9PM
May 4 and 5 @ 2PM

LPAC Frear Ensemble Theatre


Lanford Wilson’s BURN THIS (4/19-21) in the Frear!


Jeannette Leopold’s (’13) Honors Thesis in Directing will feature Lanford Wilson’s Burn This, a shocking and beautiful story of grief and love. As the play opens, Anna (Anita Castillo-Halvorssen ’15) and Larry (Patrick Ross ’15) have just returned from the funeral of their best friend and roommate, Robbie. Anna struggles with her grief and tries to find solace in her passionless relationship with boyfriend Burton (Daniel Cho ’15). When Robbie’s brother Pale (Alexander Rojavin ’15) bursts into Anna and Larry’s apartment in the middle of the night, everything changes. Burn This shows four people fighting to stay afloat through loss, and through death, and leaves you holding a flame of hope.

LPAC Frear Ensemble Theatre

April 19 – 8PM

April 20 – 2PM & 8PM

April 21 – 2PM

BURN THIS is presented by special arrangement with Dramatist’s Play Service, Inc., New York.

Out and About: VAINGLORIOUS features several Swat alums and faculty!

_MG_6906 Visiting Assistant Professor of Dramaturgy Rebecca Wright directs VAINGLORIOUS for the 2013 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts! Factions clash and empires rise and fall in Applied Mechanics’ Vainglorious: The Epic Feats of Notable Persons in Europe After the Revolution.

26 actors gather in a room to recreate the rise and fall of the Napoleonic Empire — in one hour. As part of the Philadelphia International Festival of Art, this dazzling spectacle from theatre company Applied Mechanics sweeps the audience up in a choose-your-own-adventure play, building cities with canvas, countries with bodies, and heros with attitude. Formidable armies shift and change around you as you wander through history, free to follow whichever character you choose. Part dance, part theatre, all epic, Vainglorious envelops the audience in a lush fever-dream that wrestles with the monster of ambition. In an era that redefined the rules of engagement in both love and war, characters draw new battle lines. Which side(s) are you on?

The cast includes alums Isa St. Clair ’11 and Nell Bang-Jensen ’11 and Adriano Shaplin (Visiting Assistant Professor of Playwriting)


VAINGLORIOUS: The Epic Feats of Notable Persons in Europe After the Revolution
Applied Mechanics, directed by Rebecca Wright
April 9-13, 2013
Christ Church Neighborhood HouseVainglorious 2

Tickets can be bought through PIFA here and it’s $10 for students!:

More info about Applied Mechanics: