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The Sixth Act's Spring Programming

Please check out The Sixth Act’s programming for the spring. There’s some good stuff for any class that teaches plays, playwriting, the cultural/historic/health relevance of plays/playwriting, and/or any other aspect of the dramatic arts. You also might want to check out our reserve shelf at the Leroy V. Good Library, which holds support materials for each event. Please read below, and let Maria Brandt know if you have any questions.


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), Forum in the Flynn Campus Center, 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, to offer winning playwrights the opportunity to see their scripts performed and to receive constructive feedback for future play development, and to offer VaPA acting students the opportunity to participate in the new-play-development process. Scripts will be accepted for consideration beginning in September. This event is co-sponsored by Creative Arts.



Friday, April 4, 7:30 PM
MCC Theater

The Sixth Act will provide curriculum-support materials and  post-production talk-back for VaPA’s production of Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire in an effort to support VaPA faculty and students and to encourage faculty across MCC to teach these plays in their individual courses.


Formed in 2004, The Sixth Act provides co-curricular support for the study of drama across disciplines at MCC. To this end, The Sixth Act (1) develops co-curricular events and materials for MCC faculty and students, especially those who might teach or study plays or playwriting, and (2) provides enrichment opportunities to encourage all MCC faculty, students, and staff to see and talk about plays produced at MCC and in the Rochester area. The Sixth Act seeks as its leaders faculty, staff, and students drawn from a variety of academic disciplines and departments.

The Sixth Act is supported by MCC’s Creative Arts Committee and Liberal Arts Program. Please contact Maria Brandt at "" for more information or to get involved.

Maria Brandt
The Sixth Act