Faculty Productions

  • 2019-2020 SEASON: Ensemble Theater

    What happens when we put someone else's story into our own mouths, amplify it on stage, and attempt to fill in the gaps with our own speculative, cacophonous desires? The Theater Department presents two collaborative works during the 2019-2020 season: The Laramie Project this fall, and The Method Gun by Rude Mechs in spring 2020. Both plays are ensemble creations, culled from interviews or historical documents, that tell the stories of absence and departure; of loss, survival, and the way a community attemps to make meaning with what is left.
  • Fall 2019

    The Laramie Project, written by Moisés Kauffman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project
    Directed by Visiting Professor of the Practice in Theater Edward Torres
    CFA Theater 
    Friday November 15, Saturday November 16 - 8pm
    Saturday November 16, Sunday November 17 - 2pm
    Tickets on sale now - https://wesleyan.universitytickets.com/w/?cid=170

     

    The Laramie Project is an alternatively heart-wrenching and soul-enriching story of tragedy and compassion. Long hailed as a seminal theatrical work that probes the deepest mysteries of human vulnerability and collective strength, The Laramie Project recounts the final hours of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard’s life in a senseless attack that demonstrated the depths of human rage. The Tectonic Theater Company moved to Laramie,Wyoming in the aftermath and through their over 200 interviews--witnessing the trial of the perpetrators and canvassing an array of citizens--they created a theatrical event which to this day gives a place at the table to a disenfranchised LGBTQ community both in America and abroad. Our production educates us about difference, laments the tragedy of Matthew’s death, and offers a human voice to sound the call of remembrance, compassion and communal faith.

     

    “There emerges a mosaic as moving and important as any you will see on the walls of the churches of the world…nothing short of stunning…you will be held in rapt attention.”—NEW YORK MAGAZINE

  • Spring 2020

    The Method Gun, by Rude Mechs
    Directed by Assistant Professor of Theater Katie Pearl
    CFA Theater 
    Friday May 1 & Saturday May 2 - 8pm
    Saturday May 2 & Sunday May 3 - 2pm

    Check back in early 2020 for more information and ticket purchasing.

Senior Projects

  • Fall 2019

    Heartbreak County
    Senior Capstone in Playwriting/Musical Theater by Ramsay Burgess ’20
    Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
    Wednesday December 4, 7pm
    Free - no tickets required

    Three years after her roommate committed suicide and she dropped out of college, Casey has yet to move on with her life, still living back home with her parents. In an effort to help her start again, Casey's mom convinces her to attend a grief support group. There, along with a rag-tag group of mourners, she begins to pick up the pieces, open herself up love, and ultimately, learn how to live without. With a book by Ramsay Burgess and music and lyrics by Payton Millet, this musical explores both the light and dark sides of grief, finding hope in the little things.