Saturday, October 21, 7 PM, The Forum
Free and Open to the Public
MCC students will meet in The Forum at 7 PM on Friday, October 20, to begin the process of creating a series of short plays from nothing. 24 hours later, those plays will be ready for an audience. Come laugh with us, cry with us, and help us celebrate the magic of co-curricular, interdisciplinary collaboration at its most immediate.
Visiting Playwright: Judith Thompson
Thursday, March 1, 7 PM, Monroe A, Reading and Book-Signing
Free and Open to the Public
Friday, March 2, 12 PM, 8-200, Playwriting Workshop
Free and Open to the MCC Community
Judith Thompson is a playwright, director, actor, and artistic director of RARE theatre. She is the author of some fifteen published plays, many translated and produced around the world. She has won the Governor General’s Award, the Walter Carsen Performing Arts Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, the Dora Award, and the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. The mandate of RARE theatre is to stage communities seldom heard and rarely seen. The first production, rare, was performed by actors with Down Syndrome, while the second, Borne, was co-written with actors who use wheelchairs, having both quadriplegia and paraplegia. The most recent production, Wildfire, was written by Judith Thompson for performers with Down Syndrome, addressing the horror of recently closed institutions for those with differences. Judith is also a Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.
Eleventh Annual Sixth Act Student Playwriting Competition
Thursday, May 10, 7 PM, Black Box Theater
This competition encourages MCC students to write plays for an audience, to provide MCC students a competitive venue for their scripts, to offer winning playwrights the opportunity to see their scripts performed as staged readings with an eye towards future play development, and to offer VaPA students the opportunity to participate in the new-play-development process. Three winning playwrights receive cash prizes. One winning playwright also will have his/her play submitted to a nationwide competition and performed at MuCCC on Atlantic Avenue as part of Rochester’s Annual College Theatre Festival. Scripts will be accepted for consideration beginning in September.
2017-2018 Special Projects
The Sixth Act will continue to develop curriculum-support materials and post-production talk-backs for both VaPA’s and Geva’s 2016-2017 season in an effort to encourage faculty across MCC to teach these plays in their individual courses and to enrich this process for all involved.
The Sixth Act also will continue to develop Drama on Demand, now as a Video Library. This popular program now features web-based, filmed versions of VaPA students performing scenes from published plays so these scenes can be used as co-curricular tools across campus.