2018 - 2019 Season

Bake-Off/24-Hour Play
Saturday, September 29, 7 PM, The Forum
Free and Open to the Public

MCC students will meet in The Forum at 7 PM on Friday, September 28, 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: Mary Kathryn Nagle
Thursday, May 2, 7 PM, Monroe B, Reading and Book-Signing
Free and Open to the Public
Friday, May 3, 12 PM, Monroe B, Playwriting Workshop
Free and Open to the MCC Community

 Mary Kathryn Nagle is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program and also is a partner at Pipestem Law, P.C., where she works to protect tribal sovereignty and the inherent right of Indian Nations to protect their women and children from domestic violence and sexual assault. Nagle has authored numerous briefs in federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court, and is a frequent speaker at law schools and symposia across the country. As playwright, Nagle is an alumn of the 2012 PUBLIC THEATER Emerging Writers Group, where she developed her play Manahatta in PUBLIC STUDIO (May 2014). Productions include Miss Lead (Amerinda, 59E59, January 2014), Fairly Traceable (Native Voices at the Autry, March 2017), Sovereignty (Arena Stage), and Manahatta (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). In 2019, the Rose Theater (Omaha, NE) will produce her new play Return to Niobrara, and Portland Center Stage will produce the world premiere of Mnisose.


Twelfth Annual Sixth Act Student Playwriting Competition
Thursday, May 9, 7 PM, Black Box Theater
Reservations Required

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. Scripts will be accepted for consideration beginning in September. 


2018-2019 Special Projects

 The Sixth Act will continue to develop curriculum-support materials and post-production talk-backs for both VaPA’s and Geva’s 2018-2019 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.