Current Productions

See what's coming up this season in the Department of Theatre & Dance.

Final Class Presentations

DAN312: Intermediate Ballet (Spring 2021)

Prof. Raina Lucas

For their final class projects, students in the Intermediate Ballet course choreographed original solos demonstrating their learning. Although students could choreograph a dance in any style, the project instructions required students to integrate ballet terminology and principles of ballet technique into their creations. 

Paleena Amy: "my maryland"
Videographer: Emma Macturk 
Music: “Back from Hospital” by Hot Sugar

"As a STEM major and dance minor at a liberal arts college, I wanted to connect my passions in honor of the liberal arts college experience. I’m thankful to continue my dance career while pursuing a degree in Environmental Science. I’ve also been grateful to be able to spend my college career in Chestertown, where anywhere you look is an expanse of field and woods. For this project, my goal was to combine dance and the beautiful scenery on the outskirts of Chestertown. I chose a place I always wanted to explore up close, an old abandoned barn surrounded by fields of green. Standing under that old silo and looking out over the waving grass invokes a kind of nostalgia that is indescribable and I wanted to share that feeling with you all."

Andrea Petersen: "On the Nature of Daylight"

Videographer: Steven Johnson 
Music: “On the Nature of Daylight” by Max Richter
"The piece I created has a dark theme with a modern/contemporary feel to it. This piece is meant to show growth from darkness to light. This is portrayed in the video from having the video start at the sunrise and then switching over to being in daylight. This song with lyrics is about the Earth being a beautiful place and learning to appreciate the beauty in everything. I chose to record this piece at the beach because it is such a beautiful place and I was able to use the sunrise to demonstrate the concept of the piece very clearly. Right now the world can be such a dark place that I wanted to make my piece about looking at the beauty in the world."

Jodi Eren: "Torn"

Videographer: Ashley Canterna Hardy
Music: “Torn” by Nathen Lanier

"I wanted to express both my emotions and the music through dance. I did this using ballet techniques and form that I have learned throughout my dance instruction, and particularly in this class. In choreographing my dance, I used various techniques demonstrating how, when placed together with music, they flow into a beautiful illustration of the music and the emotions of the dancer."

2020-2021 Productions

She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms

By Qui Nguyen
Directed by Prof. Dale Daigle & Patrick Salerno '21

Virtual Performances: April 29 - May 1, 2021

All performances were presented live on Zoom. This production was best viewed from a desktop device (i.e. not a mobile phone).

She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. ww.concordtheatricals.com

"A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters is a high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and ’90s pop culture – a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all." [Concord Theatricals]

death & grief
minor profanity
minor homophobia

Riders to the Sea

by John Millington Synge 
presented as an audioplay & design installation in Tawes Theatre
A Directing SCE from Caitlin Woods ’21
A Lighting Design SCE from Miles Cochran ’21

Installation Visit Dates: April 23-24, 2021 (originally April 16-17)

Watch the video here 
Check out the production program 
Explore the designers' process materials 
Peruse the dramaturgy packet 

John Millington Synge's Riders to the Sea first premiered in 1904 in Dublin and is heavily steeped in Irish culture. The play follows the cycle of grief of one family residing on an island off the west of Ireland. The mother, Maurya, and her daughters have watched brother after brother and son after son leave their cottage and head towards the sea, never to return. Riders to the Sea explores the haughty ideas of grief and vocation through the particulars of an old Irish culture that has become foreign to most of us today.
death & grief
This project is being presented as a design installation & audio play, with no live performers onstage. Each showing will have no more than 5 patrons plus 1 docent, all of whom must remain masked throughout the event.

Tickets may only be reserved by members of the WC campus community who are already in the "emocha bubble" (i.e. those with existing campus access). All patrons will be required to show 3 days of green emocha badges upon arrival.

Anyone outside the "emocha bubble" who wishes to visit the installation must make a special request by contacting Theatre & Dance department chair, Prof. Laura Eckelman (leckelman2@washcoll.edu).

Reservations are limited to 2 tickets per party.

Dancescape 2020

Directed by Caroline Cox ’19

Featuring choreography by: Prof. Raina Lucas, Kim Zepeda ’13, Caitlyn Creasy ‘20, Parker Wolf ’21, Elli Janicijevic ‘22, Paleena Amy ’23, and Faithlin Hunter ’23.

This year’s Dancescape concert was an all-virtual event, featuring videos of dance performances by students, alumni, and guests, as well as interviews and discussions moderated by the concert director.

Watch Dancescape 2020 here 

The annual departmental dance concert, featuring original works by students, faculty, alumni, and guest artists
(warnings posted to website) 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

Based on the novel by Mark Haddon
Adapted by Simon Stephens
A Performance SCE from Will Reid ’21
Directed by Iz Clemens ’19

This production was completed as an academic project with no public performances. 

Production program available here 

"15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world." [Dramatists Play Service]

neuroatypicality & autism

parental abuse

police violence

ableism

animal cruelty & death

vomit & bodily fluids

Eurydice

By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Prof. Brendon Fox
A Scenic Design SCE from Victoria Gill ’21

Virtual Reading & Design Presentation
     Live: March 19, 2021 at 7:30pm
     Restreamed: March 20, 2021 at 2:00pm
                       and March 20, 2021 at 7:30pm
     Q&A Discussion: March 21, 2021 at 2:00pm

Production program available here 
Watch the design presentation 
Watch the Q&A discussion 

Eurydice is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. ww.concordtheatricals.com

Eurydice is Sarah Ruhl's funny, heartbreaking and surreal take on the famous mythic love story. But instead of focusing on Orpheus, this play centers around a fascinating and complex woman who travels to the Underworld on her wedding day. There, she bonds her her father, put some sassy, speaking Stones in their place, and keeps the Lord of the Underworld at bay.  

"In Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists, and breathtaking visual effects, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story." [Concord Theatricals]

death & grief