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Spring Dramas Continue with “Red,” “Henry V,” “Venus in Fur”

  • Austin Lewis directs Red, a two-actor play about Mark Rothko and his Seagrams series, April 3 and 4.
    Austin Lewis directs Red, a two-actor play about Mark Rothko and his Seagrams series, April 3 and 4.
  • The late painter Mark Rothko is the subject of the play Red.
    The late painter Mark Rothko is the subject of the play Red.
  • The late painter Mark Rothko is the subject of the play Red.
    The late painter Mark Rothko is the subject of the play Red.
April 03, 2015
Following a successful weekend of the musical family drama Next to Normal, the senior drama majors direct three more weekends of theater, offering a two-man play about art, some updated Shakespeare, and a sexy power struggle between an actress and a director.

Amanda Varvar directed the musical family drama Next to Normal in Tawes Theater on March 20-21, kicking off the spring thesis productions. From left, student actors Erin Coffman, Matt Ridge, Connor Monroe Lugo-Harris, Nick Staub, and drama alum Nina Sharp.Amanda Varvar directed the musical family drama Next to Normal in Tawes Theater on March 20-21, kicking off the spring thesis productions. From left, student actors Erin Coffman, Matt Ridge, Connor Monroe Lugo-Harris, Nick Staub, and drama alum Nina Sharp.CHESTERTOWN, MD— The spring theater season at Washington College continues to  feature  plays directed by senior drama majors as their culminating “capstone” thesis for graduation. These productions, running for three weekends in April, range from intense and intimate two-actor plays to  to a Shakespeare play performed on the campus’s front lawn.  The series began last weekend with the family drama of Next to Normal, the musical by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt, directed by Amanda Varvar ’15. It continues April 2 and 3 with Red, a play about artist Mark Rothko. 

With the exception of Henry V, the shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. (Latecomers will not be allowed inside once the show has begun). Admission is free. Reservations are suggested; email [email protected] or call 410-778-7800 ext. 7835. For more information visit http://www.washcoll.edu/departments/drama/

 

Redby John Logan

A Senior Directing Thesis by Austin Lewis

April 3 and 4, Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts

Red focuses on the abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko during the creation of his famous Seagram Murals and as seen through the eyes of his young assistant, Ken.  Over the course of the play the two exchange ideas about art, life and the dynamic nature of humanity while constructing and painting the murals that would capture the attention of so many around the world. 

Henry V, by William Shakespeare

A Senior Directing Thesis by Nicholas O’Meally

April 10 and 11, outdoors (rain or shine) on the Campus Green in front of William Smith Hall

Shows will be staged at 4:30 p.m., with an additional Saturday matinee at 11:30 a.m. April 11. 

Reborn and set in modern times, Henry V questions our understanding of morality and glory in times of war. As the newly crowned King of England makes his claim to the throne of France, his leadership is tested in the face of impossible odds both on the battlefield and in the palace. Friendships will be lost, national identity will be tested, and blood will be shed. For if Henry shall rise, many must fall. 

Venus in Fur, by David Ives

A Senior Directing Thesis by Mackenzie Turnbull

April 17 and 18, Rehearsal Room 229, Gibson Center for the Arts

When Vanda, a mysterious young actress, shows up at Thomas Novachek’s auditions for his new play Venus in Fur, the two don’t seem to have anything in common. But as the night and audition progress, they dive into the script, blurring the lines between the play and reality. As each struggles for dominance in this strange new relationship, it becomes clear that only one of them can have the power in this sexy battle of the sexes. 

—Kaitlyn Fowler ’17

 

The cast of <em>Next to Normal,</em> directed by Amanda Varvar, included, from left, Nick Staub, Nina Sharp, Erin Koffman and Matt Ridge. The cast of Next to Normal, directed by Amanda Varvar, included, from left, Nick Staub, Nina Sharp, Erin Koffman and Matt Ridge. 

 


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