Theater and Dance Season

September

Sat Sept 23 and Sun Sept 24
12 noon
Back to Bates Dance Concert
Bates Modern Dance Company
An afternoon of dance by students, faculty and guest artists.
Schaeffer Theatre

October

Fri-Sun, Oct. 13-15 @ 7:30pm
Gruesome Playground Injuries
By Rajiv Joseph
Independent Study in directing – Directed by Keila K. Ching ’18

 

Sat, Oct 14
3pm
The Missing Generation
Sean Dorsey Dance
A new dance theater work that gives voice to longtime survivors of the early AIDS epidemic.
Schaeffer Theater

Co-sponsored by the Bates College Harward Center for Community Partnerships, Office of Intercultural Education, Department of Theater and Dance, Gender & Sexuality Studies and African-American and American Cultural Studies programs, and Dean of Faculty’s Office

November

Thu, Fri and Mon, Nov 2, 3, 6 @ 7:30pm
Sat, Nov 4 @ 5pm
Sun, Nov 5 @ 2pm
Private Eyes
By Steven Dietz

Is Matthew’s wife, Lisa, having an affair with a British director, Adrian? Or is it only part of a play they’re rehearsing? Then again, is Matthew just inventing stuff to report to Frank, his therapist?  Facing questions like these, everyone in the audience becomes a detective in this hilarious thriller about love, lust, and the power of deception.  “Dietz’s spiraling structure and breathless pacing provide . . . an oxygen rush. . . [His] mastery of playmaking . . . is cause for kudos”The Village Voice
Gannett Theater

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Thu, Fri and Mon, Nov 9, 10, 13 @ 7:30pm
Sat, Nov 11 @ 5pm
Sun, Nov 12 @ 2pm
Diary of a Madman
By Howard Colyer

Nikolai Gogol’s 1835 classic short story, The Diary of a Madman, is reimagined for the 21st century.  Adapted and directed by Kati Vecsey, performed by Nathaniel Stephenson’17.
Black Box Theater

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December

 

Sat, Dec 2 @ 5pm
Sun, Dec 3 @ 2pm
Mon, Dec 4 @ 7:30pm
Fall Dance Concert
Bates Modern Dance Company
Featuring work by the Trisha Brown Company; Tony nominated Marlies Yearby with music by Divyamaan Sahoo ’17; New York based choreographer Vanessa Justice; plus Bates dance faculty associate professor Rachel Boggia and Professor Carol Dilley.
Schaeffer Theatre

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Wed, Dec 6 @ 7:30pm
Voice and Speech
Students from Kati Vecsey’s fall Voice and Speech course share their final project.
Gannett Theater

January

 

February

March

Thu, Fri and Mon, March 8, 9, 12 @ 7:30pm
Sat, March 10 @ 5pm
Sun, March 11 @ 2pm

Angels in America, Part I: Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner
Directed By Tim Dugan in Schaeffer Theater

 America in the mid-1980s.  A network of friends, lovers, and strangers try to navigate the world during the height of the AIDS epidemic.  Considered one of the most important and thrilling works of American art in the twentieth century, this Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning play explores sexuality, politics, religion, power, and justice.

An acclaimed new production from London’s National Theatre brings Tony winner Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield to NYC in the first Broadway revival in February, 2018.

“Daring and dazzling! The most ambitious American play of our time: an epic that ranges from earth to heaven; focuses on politics, sex and religion; transports us to Washington, the Kremlin, the South Bronx, Salt Lake City and Antarctica; deals with Jews, Mormons, WASPs, blacks; switches between realism and fantasy, from the tragedy of AIDS to the camp comedy of drag queens to the death or at least the absconding of God.” —Jack Kroll, Newsweek

Press Quotes: 

“A vast miraculous play … provocative, witty and deeply upsetting … a searching and radical rethinking of American political drama … PERESTROIKA is not only a stunning resolution of the rending human drama of MILLENNIUM APPROACHES, but also a true millennial work of art, uplifting, hugely comic and pantheistically religious in a very American style.” —Frank Rich, New York Times

“Something rare, dangerous and harrowing … a roman candle hurled into a drawing room …” —Nicholas de Jongh, London Evening Standard

“An epic theatrical fever dream … a three-hour cliffhanger that leaves you wanting more.” —Variety

“A victory for theater, for the transforming power of the imagination to turn devastation into beauty. ANGELS IN AMERICA is a monumental achievement, the work of a defiantly theatrical imagination that has no parallel on television or in the movies. It ennobles Broadway as no other work in recent memory has.” —Jeremy Gerard, Variety

“Not since Tennessee Williams has a playwright announced his poetic vision with such authority on the Broadway stage … PERESTROIKA is a masterpiece.” —John Lahr, The New Yorker

“Establishes Kushner as a poet and moral visionary in love with the theater yet awake in the world.” —Don Shewey, The Village Voice

“Playful and profound, extravagantly theatrical and deeply spiritual, witty and compassionate, furious and incredibly smart … It’s impossible to imagine anyone captivated by the beginning not wanting — needing — to go back for the end.” —Linda Winer, Newsday

Fri – Sun, March 16, 17, 18 @ 7:30pm
Rebecca Berger ‘19
Independent Study in directing
Black Box Theater

Thu, Fri and Mon, March 22, 23, 26 @ 7:30pm
Sat, March 24 @ 5pm
Sun, March 25 @ 2pm
Chaesong Kim ‘18
Thesis in directing
Gannett Theater

Fri and Mon, March 30 and April 2 @ 7:30pm
Sat, March 31 @ 5pm
Sun, April 1 @ 2pm
Spring Dance Concert
Bates Modern Dance Company
Student choreographers share their final projects.
Schaeffer Theater

 

April

Fri and Mon, March 30 and April 2 @ 7:30pm
Sat, March 31 @ 5pm
Sun, April 1 @ 2pm
Spring Dance Concert
Bates Modern Dance Company
Student choreographers share their final projects.
Schaeffer Theater

Wed, April 4
Voice and Speech
Students from Kati Vecsey’s winter Voice and Speech course share their final project.
Gannett Theater

May

Wed, May 23 @ 5pm
Short Term Dance Variety Show
Dance Club
Students with the Bates Dance Club share their work.
Schaeffer Theatre

 


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