Monthly Archives: September 2018

MARIE ANTOINETTE by David Adjmi (11/9 -11/12)

Poster by Doug Goudy

Poster by Doug Goudy

Please join us for David Adjmi’s Marie Antoinette

November 9th at 8 pm,
November 10th at 2 pm and 8 pm,
and November 11th at 2 pm
Pearson-Hall Theater,
Lang Performing Arts Center,
Swarthmore College
Marie Antoinette is a revolt!!!
In this “contemporary take on the young queen of France, Marie is a confection created by a society that values extravagance and artifice. But France’s love affair with the royals sours as revolution brews, and for Marie, the political suddenly becomes very personal.” (Samuel French). An ever-timely exposure of passion, privilege, and pathos upon a platform of French commedia-inspired pastiche, David Adjmi’s Marie Antoinette is equal parts revolt and rebirth. Playwright David Adjmi was called “virtuosic” by the New York Times and was listed as one of the Top Ten in Culture for 2011 by The New Yorker magazine. His play Marie Antoinette received a critically acclaimed world premiere co-production with A.R.T. and Yale Rep. The play won 3 Connecticut Critics Circle Awards including Best Play.
Director Jill Harrison, Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater, is a freelance director, producer, and founder and Executive Director of Directors Gathering, a start-up non-profit that develops and elevates Philadelphia theater directors. Jill was recently visiting faculty at Villanova University, where she taught graduate directing and undergraduate acting, and directed Anne Washburn’s Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play.
Production Team: Laila Swanson (Costume Design), Matt Saunders (Scenic Design), James Murphy (Lighting Design), Damien Figueras (Sound Design), Randi Hickey (Stage Manager), Brett Cassidy (Fight Choreographer), Scott Cassidy (Production Manager/Technical Director), Michael Lambui (Production Intern).
This event is free and open to the public without advance reservations. For further information, contact Jean Tierno at or (610) 328-8149.

Feeling in the dark? Take Lighting Design!

If you look around, lighting adds impact to our visual world in movies, television architecture, interior design, special events, and so much more! This class is intended to demystify light as a powerful medium in design and familiarize students with design fundamentals. The course objective introduces lighting concepts with a focus on lighting for theater and dance, but the skills are applicable to many areas and other majors. This hands-on class guides you artistically through the design process from start to finish. The course is designed to serve all students regardless of prior experience in theater production.
Fulfills a general requirement for all theater majors and minors.
Humanities. Register for THEA 004B.

Class meets Mondays 1PM – 3:45PM LPAC 310 Discussion followed by hands-on lab from 4:15PM -6:15PM with James Murphy, Managing Director of the LPAC.
1 credit.
Catalog chapter: Theater
Department website:

Contact Jean Tierno ( or Jim Murphy ( for more info!

Fashion! Costume! Sewing!

Interested in taking a hands-on class to get your creativity flowing? Did you know Swarthmore has a costume design class offered by the Department of Theater???! This course focuses on introducing methods that apply to designing costumes for stage, but the skills will serve you in many other areas. Past students have combined this class with other majors in engineering, sociology, art, architecture and more to create unique learning projects for themselves! You will learn basic sketching for costume and learn how to sew! The course serves all students regardless of prior experience in theater production. No prerequisites!
Fulfills a general requirement for all theater majors and minors.

Class meets Tuesdays/Thursdays at 1:15PM. Thursday classes are hands on labs that will walk you through several steps of working on costume projects from start to finish. Class meets in LPAC 310 and the Costume shop.

Humanities. THEA 004C.
1 credit.
Catalog chapter: Theater
Department website:
Contact Jean Tierno ( or Laila Swanson ( for more information!

PERCEPTICON, a collaboration (10/26-10/28/18)

This fall, look out for Theater’s Laila Swanson and Film & Media Studies’ Sunka Simons for ‘PERCEPTICON’.
PERCEPTICON will be a three room installation featuring audio-visual installations that engage the participants in habits of perception relating to the human senses and how information is received. Each room will focus on flipping the script on stereotypical sensory reception in an attempt to raise awareness about unconscious, biased viewing and listening.
You can weigh in on this exhibit, participate for class credit, or just help out by staffing the exhibit ($9.25/hr in 4 hour shifts)!An info and brainstorming session will take place as follows:

Thursday September 6

Please join us for light refreshments if you ware interested or have questions about involvement!
Email Laila at for further information about this exciting collaboration.