The Department of Theatre Arts mounts a variety of productions each year: a faculty-directed play is presented each semester in the Norton Clapp Theatre, student-directed one-acts are offered in the fall and the Senior Theatre Festival is eagerly attended every spring. Recent faculty-directed productions include Charles Mee's Iphigenia 2.0, Sara Ruhl’s In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play), Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s Spring Awakening (from the play by Frank Wedekind), C. Rosalind Bell's 1620 Bank Street, Shakespeare's As You Like It, Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses, Marc Blitzstein's The Cradle Will Rock, Horton Foote's A Trip to Bountiful, Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth, C. Rosalind Bell's The New Orleans Monologues, Moliere's Tartuffe, Martin McDonagh's The Cripple of Inishmaan, and Tony Kushner's Angels in America, Millennium Approaches (Part One). Plays directed by students as part of our Senior Theatre Festival include David Henry Hwang’s Yellow Face, Paul Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive, Sophie Treadwell's Machinal, David Lindsay-Abaire's Rabbit Hole, Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman, Ariel Dorfman's Death and the Maiden, J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, Mary Zimmerman's The Secret in the Wings, Arthur Miller's All My Sons, Charles Mee's Big Love, Caryl Churchill's Top Girls, Christopher Hampton's Dangerous Liaisons, Rebecca Gilman's The Glory of Living, and Stephen Briggs' Mort.
The Matthew Norton Clapp Endowment for Visiting Artists is a resource for attracting innovators of contemporary theatre who enrich the campus life through workshops and presentations. Past guest artists have included Bill T. Jones, Guillermo Gomez-Peña, Godfrey Hamilton and Mark Pinkosh, Holly Hughes, Steven Deitz, Russell Davis, and C. Rosalind Bell as well as Pulitzer Prize winners Edward Albee and Robert Schenkkan.
The Department of Theatre Arts encourages all university students, regardless of major, to participate in all aspects of theatrical production, both onstage and behind the scenes. Functioning independently of the Theatre Arts department, ASUPS Student Initiative Theatre productions and other campus groups present an exciting variety of theatre throughout the year in Rausch Auditorium and other campus venues.
Puget Sound Production photos: Kurt Walls. For production detail, place cursor on the image.