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The Sixth Act Announces its 2016-2017 Season

The Sixth Act is excited to announce its 2016-2017 season! Please join us for any or all of the following events and projects. As always, contact Maria Brandt at <>  with any comments or questions.


Bake-Off/24-Hour Play
Saturday, October 8, 7 PM
Flynn Campus Center Forum
Free and Open to the Public
MCC students will meet in the Forum at 7 PM on Friday, October 7, 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: Lauren Gunderson

Reading and Book-Signing
hursday, March 9, 2017, 7 PM
Warshof Conference Center, Flynn Campus Center (Monroe A)
Free and Open to the Public

Playwriting Workshop
Friday, March 10, 2017, 12 PM
8-200, Brighton Campus
Free and Open to the MCC Community

Lauren Gunderson is one of the most produced playwrights in America, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s 3-Year Residency with Marin Theatre Co. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Her work has been commissioned, produced, and developed at companies across the US including South Cost Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky), The Kennedy Center (The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful And Her Dog!), The O’Neill, The Denver Center, Berkeley Rep, Shotgun Players, TheatreWorks, Crowded Fire, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre, Synchronicity, Olney Theatre, Geva, and more.  Her work is published at Playscripts (I and You, Exit, Pursued By A Bear, and Toil And Trouble), Dramatists (Silent Sky, Bauer) and Samuel French (Emilie). She is a Playwright in Residence at The Playwrights Foundation, and a proud Dramatists Guild member. She is from Atlanta, GA, and lives in San Francisco. <>  and @LalaTellsAStory.


Remembrance Reading
Monday, April 24, 12 PM
Flynn Campus Center Forum
Free and Open to the Public
In Collaboration with the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Project
In commemoration of Yom HaShoah, The Sixth Act is collaborating with MCC’s HGHRP to participate in the National Jewish Theater Foundation’s nationwide Remembrance Readings. The Sixth Act will join hundreds of organizations around the country by selecting one short play from the NTJF catalogue of nearly 600 plays, presenting that play as a staged reading on Yom HaShoah, and then inviting audience members into a conversation about the lessons of the Holocaust and the relevance of those lessons in today’s world.


Tenth Annual Sixth Act Student Playwriting Competition
Thursday, May 4, 2015, 7 PM
Black Box Theater, Building 4
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 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.


2016-2017 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.

Maria Brandt