We do plays.
Washington College drama students play many different characters and many different roles behind-the-scenes, while learning about the theatrical arts and about themselves. As a drama major, you’ll learn the nuts and bolts of acting, directing, and production, explore the history of theater, and learn to act and think imaginatively.
Whatever your interests, there is something for you in WAC Drama. Drama majors can write a script, perform, direct, stage manage, or design a show to complete their senior capstone. Courses in history, acting, directing, design and dramaturgy prepare our students for internships in cities such as Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., graduate work, and careers in the theater and many other fields.
In Fall 2009, the renovated Gibson Center for the Arts became the centerpiece of the drama department, providing a state-of-the-art environment for performers, technicians, and audiences.
All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
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FALL 2014 PRODUCTIONS
Old Times by Harold Pinter
October 2-5 in Tawes Theatre
Directed by Professor Brendon Fox
How well can you trust your significant other? Your best friend? Your own memory of the past? Kate and Deeley’s marriage is on shaky ground, and when Kate’s glamorous best friend Anna shows up the liquor flows and secrets of their past get revealed. Old Times shows us the sexy, mysterious tug-of-war between husband and best friend for the body and soul of Kate.
The Bacchae 2.1 by Charles L. Mee
October 17-18 (Outdoors)
A Senior Directing Thesis by Patrick Derrickson
The Bacchae 2.1by Chuck Mee —an updated version of The Bacchae by Euripides—is a steamy, visceral spectacle respite with drag queens, drag kings, girls rubbing each other with oil, and men discussing domination. Watch the heterosexual climax of the play featuring a mother and son with one ending up dead! Talk about bloodcurdling…
Middletown by Will Eno
October 24-25 in Tawes Theatre
A Senior Directing Thesis by Rachel Dilliplane
Award winning playwright Will Eno welcomes you to Middletown. This wry, contemplative comedy follows the newly wed, newly pregnant, and newly arrived Mrs. Swanson as she navigates a town of contradictory caricatures who are desperately searching for their purpose in life while simultaneously enduring the burden and joy of living it. Come join the discussion, celebration, and question of Life. Fun for the whole family, or, you know, folks who like that sort of thing.
The Lucky Ladies by Dominic Finocchiaro
November 7-8 in Tawes Theatre
A Senior Directing Thesis by Matt Ridge
When the crew of a hit reality dating show neglects to show up one day, the four women contestants are left wondering where the crew has disappeared to and more importantly if they’re still being watched. Combining the fun and charm of a comedy with all the elements of a gory horror story, The Lucky Ladies (someday you will be loved) is a new play that tells the story of four women who will do anything to make sure they are seen by the world, seen by a lover, and seen by God.
The Man Who Turned Into a Stick by Kobo Abe
November 14-15 in Tawes Theatre
A Senior Directing Thesis by Tamayo Kamimura
Japanese writer Kobo Abe’s trio of short plays, presented under one title, The Man Who Turned Himself Into a Stick, examines the tensions between our lives and our stuffs – and what happens when the two collide as we try to live our lives to the fullest. Philosophy, whimsy and despair all play a role in helping the characters – and us – figure it all out.
The Beauteous Majesty of Denmark by Val Dunn from William Shakespeare
November 21-22 in Tawes Theatre
A Senior Directing Thesis by Val Dunn
An irreverent and wild adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, The Beauteous Majesty of Denmark manipulates the Bard’s seemingly archaic language to reveal the prevalence of misogyny in today’s society. As Ophelia struggles to escape her lover’s aggression and her father’s condescension, her society demands that she remain submissive. Rather than succumb to favor and to prettiness, however, Ophelia gains agency as she embarks into what her society considers madness - a landscape of dead flowers, folk songs, Barbie Dolls, and uncomfortable tampons. Amid a barrage of the Elizabethan and the contemporary, The Beauteous Majesty of Denmark considers that what Ophelia’s society perceives as madness may simply be a woman who dares to speak her mind.
SPRING 2015 PRODUCTIONS
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
March 3-6 in Decker Theatre
Directed by Professor Dale Daigle
Next to Normal with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt
March 20-21 in Tawes Theatre
A Senior Directing Thesis by Amanda Varvar
Red by John Logan
April 3-4 in Decker Theatre
A Senior Directing Thesis by Austin Lewis
Henry V by William Shakespeare
April 10-11 Outdoors
A Senior Directing Thesis by Nicholas O’Meally
Venus in Fur by David Ives
April 17-18 in Gibson Center for the Arts – Rehearsal Room
A Senior Directing Thesis by Mackenzie Turnbull
After the Bearded Ladies Cabaret spent a week in residency at Washington College, Valerie Dunn ’15 knew she wanted to work with them. This summer, she made that happen.
This summer, Marley Kabin ’15 fulfilled a years-long dream of working at Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C.
The Rose O’Neill Literary House has awarded next year’s Douglass Wallop Fellowship to New York playwright, Sheri Wilner.
Written by Tom Stoppard, Arcadia is directed by Professor Brendon Fox
A true team effort brings the Tony Award winning play to Decker Theatre April 16 through 19.