Past Productions and Events

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MODfest 2024

Weaving a poetic vocabulary of acrobatic movement and storytelling, this award-winning intimate play tells the tale of one woman, lost between the uncharted waters of her grief and the shores of her joyful memories following the disappearance of her soulmate.

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Jan 26, 8:00 p.m. and Jan 27, 2:00 p.m.

MODfest 2024

Inspired by playwright Solomon Hess’s lifelong immersion in the world of lacrosse and recent experience training and competing internationally with the U.S. Junior Indoor Team, The Game tells the story of two friends’ complicated relationship with the sport of lacrosse and with each other.

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Five new plays by Vassar seniors, presented at the Powerhouse Theater. This annual festival is dedicated to the extraordinary contributions of James B. Steerman, who retired as Professor Emeritus of Drama and Film in 2011.

Campus community only, please.

Vassar juniors and seniors of any major may enter an original play in this competition, which ends on January 22, 2024. The author of the winning play receives a $1,000 award, a certificate from the Drama Department, and a staged reading/reception on April 21, 2024.

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Apr 26 through Apr 28

This timely drama resulted from a trip to Romania. Developed with students from London’s Central School of Drama, this is an incisive portrait of society in turmoil that focuses on two families to reveal what life is like under a totalitarian regime and what results when the regime collapses. Directed by Christopher Grabowski. Free and open to the public, reservations required.

Mar 29 through Apr 1

Two original plays presented by students from the playwriting course in Drama.

Campus community only, please.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright will give a talk and Q&A to the campus and public. The event is free, but reservations are required.

Feb 23 through Feb 25

An inventive retelling of a Jacobean drama, Jen Silverman’s sharp, subversive fable debates how much our souls are worth when hope is hard to come by. Directed by Claire McHarg. Senior project members: Kelly Hatfield, Louise Ambler, Jack Francis, Emma Skinner, Rose Trammell, Presley Wheeler. Free and open to the public, reservations required.

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Dec 1, 8:00 p.m. through Dec 3

In this Drama Department senior project, Mrs. Lemarchand, a well-to-do woman and a study in megalomania, draws her innocent cleaner, Hilda, into a trap from which there is no escape. 

Campus community only, please.

Nov 3, 8:00 p.m. through Nov 5

A Drama Department senior project in which the ensemble cast tells the story of Pippin, a young prince who longs to find passion and adventure in his life. Campus community only, please.

 

Oct 6, 8:00 p.m. through Oct 8

A story of sibling love that explores subjects closely linked to science. Reservations for performances on October 6, 7, and 8 can be made by emailing the box office. Campus community only, please.

Painting: A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Georges Seurat, 1884
May 7 through May 8

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by James Lapine. In collaboration with the Departments of Drama and Music. A senior project production directed by Christopher Grabowski and Drew Minter. Reservations required.
Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8 at 4:30 p.m.

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Beijing Opera
Apr 9, 4:30 p.m.

Beijing opera is a colorful, spectacular performance art that dazzles and fascinates. Reservations required.

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Very limited seating—campus guests only. 
A staged reading followed by a reception.
Congratulations to the 2022 award recipients: Gabriella Kimbrough ’22, for her play True Crime, and Louis Blachman ’23, for his play Four Seasons Total Landscaping.

 

Production Archive

View all productions 1869–2022.