Each April seniors in the Department of Theatre Arts prepare thesis projects for the Senior Theatre Festival, offering a different show each weekend onstage at Norton Clapp Theatre.
Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen: April 5 & 6
Jack Aldisert, director
Hedda is surrounded by people who don't understand her or take her seriously. She feels suffocated, and desperately wants out of an unhappy marriage and unhappy social circumstances. Unfortunately she doesn't have many options and, as she puts it, her only talent may be 'to bore herself to death.'
Content Warning: suicide, mentions of suicide, mental illness, sexual harassment, guns, and gunshots.
The Lady’s Not for Burning by Christopher Fry: April 19 & 20
Hanna Woods, director
Molly McLean, dramaturg & Jennett
Clara Jacobs, Thomas
Isabel Lane, production manager & Alizon
This play is an ensemble-driven comedy which explores and pokes fun at how institutions of governance and justice fail the individual citizens they supposedly exist to serve. The irony driving the comedy is that the traumatized and suicidal Thomas Mendip requests to be put to death and is dismissed and ignored, while the innocent Jennett Jourdemayne seeks asylum from an angry mob and is sentenced to be burned as a witch. The play explores dark themes such as suicide, depression, trauma, and sexual exploitation, yet is very playful and often silly. Most of the play is in non-rhyming verse that has some of the poetic challenges of Shakespeare but is fortunately not in Middle English. The entire play takes place in a single room, the foyer of the Mayor’s home,
and is set in “more or less the 1400s.”
Content Warning: suicidal ideation, depression, sexual harassment.
How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel: May 3 & 4
Carly Dryden, director
Robbie Diaz, Uncle Peck
Mckenna Johnson, Li’l Bit
This play follows the story of Li’l Bit while she, as a young adolescent, comes to terms with a strained childhood of sexual abuse and trauma. Li’l Bit grew up in a family of known alcoholics and abusers, one being her Uncle Peck, who eventually sexually assaults Li’l Bit while teaching her how to drive. The relationship between Li’l Bit and her troubled Uncle is the main focus of the show as Li’l Bit tries to navigate a traumatic past of incest, control, and manipulation all while doing what most teenagers do: learn to Drive.
Content Warning: sexual abuse, incest, pedophilia, alcoholism, and on stage acts of assault/abuse.
Curtains open Fridays at 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $8 general; $6 seniors, students, military, Puget Sound faculty/staff/students; available at Wheelock Information Center, 253.879.3100, or tickets.pugetsound.edu.