Bates 2020-21 Theater Season

Meet the 2020-21 directors & their creative 360/Thesis/Capstone Projects


This year, we are making history!!!

Bates Theater 1st ZOOM Audition with Kush Sharma ’23 & Olivia Dimond ’22.


Olivia Dimond ’22

Independent Study in Directing

Title you’ll thank me for everything one day

Playwright – Rebecca Hodge

Lucas and Stella are assigned a duet project at their prestigious music school. Lucas doesn’t know what his next move is. Stella might just be able to see the future. I’m looking forward to exploring what happens when the anxiety of growing up collides with love, music, and what we owe each other.

Kush Sharma ’23

Independent Study in Directing

TitleInto that Good Night

Playwright – Sam Friskey

Into that Good Night is a play about two best friends, Emilia and Oliver, and how their relationship takes an unexpected turn the day before Oliver is supposed to move abroad. On their last night together, they realize that both of them have been suppressing their feelings for each other but is it too late now?

LuisDa Molina-Rueda ’21

Play Development/Documentary Theater Thesis

Title Proyecto Machos

Playwright- LuisDa Molina-Rueda ’21

José, a 43 year old man, kills his partner Jesús, 23, to later kill himself. They are found dead in a garage carport days later. A gay theater student researcher in a nearby town comes back from abroad to conduct interviews, with the hope of shining a light on the causes of the murder.

Proyecto Machos is a documentary theater project that surveys gay masculinities in rural southern Spain. Our current research revolves around a suspected gay crime of passion that happened in Priego de Córdoba (Andalusia, Spain) two years ago. The case still remains under judicial secrecy. It is our hope that this project will ultimately illuminate a part of the gay experience in rural southern Spain, and contribute to the scarce dramatic literature on the topic. 
Follow us at @proyecto.machos and @cochera.47 to learn more about our project.

Patrick Reilly ’21

Directing Thesis

Title A Gaggle of Saints

Playwright –  Neil LaBute

Two attractive college-age adults, John and Sue, separately recount the violent event of an anniversary weekend in New York City.

Deon Custard ’21

Directing Thesis

Title Twelfth Night

Playwright – William Shakespeare

Mistaken identities, love triangles, and drunken foolery abound in this rocking production of the classic romantic comedy. Using a transdisciplinary approach, this is Shakespeare that will capture the spirit and the sound of the 1960s & 70s; all while breaking down the barriers of white hegemony, maleness, and age that has historically defined Early Modern studies. This raucous celebration of youth, love, and music (opens in March of 2021) and promises to be an aural and visual treat!

Nicky Longo ’21

Directing Thesis

Title Grand Concourse

Playwright – Heidi Schreck

Is there a limit to forgiveness, and if so where is the line drawn? A basketball playing nun, a rainbow-haired college drop out, a security guard/aspiring dentist, and a comically inclined homeless man named Frog are the four characters Schreck creates to explore infidelity, dishonesty, and betrayal. As different perspectives are voiced, this morality play has audience members consider their own perceptions of forgiveness.