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The Sixth Act Announces 2012-2013 Season!

As many of you know, The Sixth Act seeks to build bigger and better audiences for theatre at MCC and in Rochester. To this end, The Sixth Act (1) develops curriculum-support events and materials for faculty and students who might teach or study plays or playwriting, and (2) provides enrichment opportunities to encourage MCC faculty, students, and staff to see and talk about plays produced at MCC and in the city of Rochester.

Please review our 2012-2013 season, listed below. We hope to see you soon!


The Sixth Act and Teaching Drama: An Academic Workshop

Thursday, October 18, 4-5:30 p.m., Black Box Theater

Free and Open to the Public

This workshop will “re-release” The Sixth Act with several goals: to talk about the artistic, cultural, and academic relevance of drama, more broadly; to introduce The Sixth Act’s library resource, website, and revised Drama on Demand program; to discuss other ways The Sixth Act can enrich cross-campus curriculums with theatre-related conversations; and to host representatives from Geva and VaPA as they share ideas for including their current seasons in MCC curriculums. As usual, light refreshments will be served.


Freud’s Last Session

Fall 2012

The Sixth Act will work with Geva Theatre Center to provide MCC faculty, students, and staff the opportunity to see Mark St. Germain’s Off-Broadway success Freud’s Last Session and to enrich this experience through a series of curriculum-supportive materials and events. The play imagines an encounter between Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis. According to Geva, “On the eve of England’s entry into World War II, the two brilliant men have a battle of the minds over God, love, sex, music, and the meaning of life.”


Visiting Playwright: Molly Smith Metzler

Thursday, March 14, 7 p.m., Reading/Book-Signing, 8-200, Free and Open to the Public

Friday, March 15, 12 p.m., Playwriting Workshop, MCC Theater, Free and Open to the MCC Community

Molly Smith Metzler (playwright) grew up Kingston, NY. She is the author of Elemeno Pea (South Coast Rep, Humana Festival), Close Up Space (Manhattan Theatre Club, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2012 finalist), Training Wisteria (SPF, Cherry Lane Mentor Project), and Carve. Her work has been developed by The O’Neill Theatre Center, Ars Nova, Playwrights Horizons, MTC 7@7, South Coast Rep, Chautauqua Theater Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Geva Thatre, hotINK, Tristan Bates Theatre (London), Boston Playwrights Theatre and many more. Her first play, Training Wisteria, was the winner of three Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) awards, including the Kennedy Center National Student Playwrighting Award. Molly is a member of EST, Primary Stages Writing Group and Ars Nova Play Group. She’s a graduate of SUNY Geneseo, Boston University, NYU Tisch, and The Juilliard School, where she was a two-time recipient of the Le Comte du Nouy Prize from Lincoln Center. Molly lives in Brooklyn and is currently working on several projects including a musical, a screenplay, and new play commissions for South Coast Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Manhattan Theatre Club.

This event is supported by Creative Arts.


Sixth Annual Student Playwriting Competition

Staged Reading and Awards Ceremony

Thursday, May 9, 7 p.m., 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 supported by Creative Arts.


Drama on Demand

Drama on Demand is an ongoing curriculum tool that brings student actors into literature classrooms, encouraging students to talk to each other across disciplines about dramatic texts.


2012-2013 Special Project

The Sixth Act will develop curriculum-support materials for VaPA’s 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.

Maria Brandt