As you start planning for next year, please consider incorporating one of the following Sixth Act events into your curriculum! All events are designed to enhance the teaching and learning of drama across MCC.
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R.G. Davis is generally given credit for founding Guerilla Theatre with the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s 1965 unapproved performance of Il Candelia in Lafayette Park. Since then, the impulse to perform dramatic pieces in public places, with no apology or warning, has inspired artists nationwide. The Sixth Act will enter this proud tradition during the Fall 2013 semester.
Academic Workshop: Tennessee Williams
Thursday, October 17, 4-5:30 PM, Black Box Theater
Free and Open to the Public
This workshop will examine the life and legacy of Tennessee Williams—paying attention to his difficult masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire, which VaPA will produce during the Spring 2014 semester, as well as to some of Williams' other, including lesser-known, works. The goal is to cultivate new interest in this American legend.
Visiting Playwright, Lisa D’Amour
Reading, Thursday, March 6, 7 PM, 8-200, Free and Open to the Public
Workshop, Friday, March 7, 12-3 PM (with a short break at 12:50 PM), MCC Forum, Free and Open to the MCC Community
A native of New Orleans, Lisa D’Amour is a playwright and interdisciplinary artist. Her plays have been commissioned and produced by theaters across the country, including The Women’s Project, Playwrights’ Horizons, Children’s Theater Company (Minneapolis), Steppenwolf Theater Company (Chicago), ArtSpot Productions (New Orleans), and the Royal National Theater (London). Her recent play Detroit, a dark comedy that follows two suburban couples facing economic uncertainty, was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Drama and the 2011 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She is also the recipient of the 2008 Alpert Award for the Arts in Theatre and the 2011 Steinberg Playwright Award. For fifteen years, she has been one-half of the OBIE-Award winning performance duo PearlDamour known both for large-scale performances that mix theatre and installation such as How to Build a Forest (premiered at The Kitchen, 2011), a performance in which a simulated forest is assembled and disassembled on stage for over eight hours; and more intimate performances designed for small audiences such as Bird Eye Blue Print (2007), created for a set of vacant offices in New York’s World Financial Center. PearlDamour is a four-time MAP Fund recipient and a 2009 Creative Capital grantee. Upcoming PearlDamour projects for 2013-14 include Lost in the Meadow, a site-specific co-commission from People’s Light & Theatre and Longwood Gardens in Malvern, PA, which the audience experiences via headphones; and Milton, an immersive piece investigating the sky over five U.S. cities and towns named “Milton.”
This event is co-sponsored by Creative Arts and Liberal Arts.
Seventh Annual Student Playwriting Competition
Staged Reading and Awards Ceremony
Thursday, May 8, 7 PM, Black Box Theater
Free and Open to the Public, Reservations Required
This competition encourages MCC students to write plays for an audience, to provide MCC students a competitive venue for their scripts, and to offer winning playwrights the opportunity to see their scripts performed and to receive constructive feedback for future play development. Scripts will be accepted for consideration beginning in September.
This event is co-sponsored by Creative Arts.
2013-2014 Special Project
The Sixth Act will continue to develop curriculum support materials and post-show talk-backs for VaPA’s 2013-2014 productions of Rent and A Streetcar Named Desire in an effort to encourage faculty across MCC to teach these plays in their individual courses and to enrich this process for all involved.
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