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The Department of Theatre and Dance is producing a virtual Fall 2020 season that includes an original devised work Unmute Yourself, a Fall Dance Concert, and She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realm, a work designed specifically for online performances. We are coming together with creativity, passion and drive in this manner to ensure that our students, faculty and audiences remain safe and connected in the current ever-changing public climate.

 

Unmute Yourself, a devised work

October 2020
Director: Charlie DelMarcelle

Unmute Yourself will explore the challenges, struggles, strategies, and peculiarities of trying to communicate and connect in an isolated, polarized world. The production’s content, format, design, and delivery will be devised entirely by the student ensemble; all creating and collaborating remotely. At times funny, dark, absurd, and honest, this piece will attempt to give voice to what it feels like to be human in the Fall of 2020. “Can you hear me? I can’t hear you.”
 

Fall Dance Concert

November 2020
Director: Liz Staruch

The Fall Dance Concert will focus on ScreenDance, a hybrid art form that focuses on the relationship between the moving body and the camera, elevated through the cinematic editing process. Associate professor and artistic director Liz Staruch will provide a series of instructional workshops to support and encourage student to present their ideas in this medium. This opportunity is open to ALL students on campus interested in filmmaking, video production, choreography, movement, video editing, sound design, and more. As long as movement is a featured component of the project, we want to work with as many students as possible and can pair up collaborations.

 

She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms by Qui Nguyen

November 2020
Director: John Bellomo

She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms by Qui Nguyen is a comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games that tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons and Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. This production will work collaboratively with Philadelphia’s Die-Cast, a company dedicated to creating immersive work that is tailored to specific non-traditional venues.

 

Information on auditions, performance dates, times and access will be posted as it becomes available. Please follow us on social media!

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Productions are subject to change.

Audition information

All auditions for the Department of Theatre and Dance productions are open to the entire campus community.

Unmute Yourself

Unmute Yourself will explore the challenges, struggles, strategies, and peculiarities of trying to communicate and connect in an isolated, polarized world.  The production’s content, format, design, and delivery will be devised entirely by the student ensemble; all creating and collaborating remotely.  At times funny, dark, absurd, and honest, this piece will attempt to give voice to what it feels like to be human in the Fall of 2020.  “Can you hear me?  I can’t hear you.”

Directed by Charlie DelMarcelle
Rehearsals will begin September 1st and will be remote.
The production will open the week of October 18th, remotely.

Interested students should create a short video that utilizes each of the prompts listed below. These submissions can be as serious or silly, narrative or abstract as each student choses.  Have fun with the prompts and please don’t stress about any technical elements.  Submissions should be under 2min in length and MUST INCLUDE EACH OF…

The Prompts:

  • the text "I can't hear you.  Can you hear me?"
  • a bit of music
  • a sudden interruption
  • 15sec of a repetitive movement
  • 10sec of silence
  • an object used in an unusual way

The submission length and inclusion of ALL items on the prompt list are the only "rules."  If you have a question that falls outside of those rules, the answer is either "yes" or "check the rules again!"

This video will represent the 1st audition for “Unmute Yourself.” Students selected for callbacks will participate in a Zoom devising workshop.  Final casting will be determined after callbacks but there is the potential to get A LOT of students involved in the process!

Don’t delay! Accepting Submissions now!
Submission Deadline is Wednesday August 26th at 10pm.  Please try to get it in earlier.
Callbacks (remotely) will be Friday August 28th and Saturday August 29th. Details to follow.

 

She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms, by Qui Nguyen: An Exploration into Virtual Theatre

Directed by John Bellomo
Remote Rehearsals will start in October (with some prep work in September).
Audition Submissions are due Wednesday August 26th, 2020 by 10pm. Call backs later that week.

Join with us as we explore the beginnings of what is possible for theatre in a virtual world.

She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realm by Qui Nguyen, is a comedic play that follows a teenager’s adventure into the fantasy role-playing game, Dungeons and Dragons. As Agnes Evans seeks to understand her younger sister’s passion for the game, she is forced to combat both the monsters in the game and those in her sister’s life. Designed for a video conferencing platform, this play embraces the challenges of digital story-telling and engagement with a “live” audience. This production will work collaboratively with Philadelphia’s Die-Cast, a company dedicated to creating immersive work that is tailored to specific non-traditional venues.

Production Approach: As the traditional assumptions about theatre are being challenged, we are looking at approaching this from a perspective that embraces the changes. We are interested in creating an ensemble with a true collaborative process that involves actors, artistic designers, faculty, and guest artists.

While roles and expectations may morph as we progress, for a starting point, we are looking to generate teams for all of the following: Assistant Directing, Performance, Dramaturgy (traditional and D&D research focused), Digital Fighting, Monster Design, D&D Campaign Design & Production team design (storytelling through maps, placards & shadow puppets).

To engage in this team based process, you can be a beginner with zero experience or have vast experience in an area of specialty. A willingness to collaborate and explore are the critical componentsrequired. ALL team members are eligible to register and receive credit for THA 200.

We are asking all interested parties to fill out the Audition / Interest form and submit a short 1-3 minute video statement or audition. (Note: Digital submissions and interviews are common these days... even pre-Covid 19, so our goal is to engage you in that process).

    

 

 


Auditions for our future productions will be announced throughout the semester. Check back here or email TheatreDance@wcupa.edu.

Dates and Shows are subject to change.

Subscription & Tickets

Department of Theatre and Dance productions are held in J. Peter Adler Studio Theatre (E.O. Bull Center for the Arts), MainStage Theatre (E.O. Bull Center for the Arts), and Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre (Swope Music Building). Both Buildings are located on High Street, near the intersection of Rosedale Ave. For GPS, use 817 South High Street, West Chester, PA 19383. Free parking is available behind both buildings.

Both buildings are located on High Street, near the intersection of Rosedale Ave. (For GPS, use 817 South High Street, West Chester, PA 19383)

Free parking is available behind both the E.O. Bull Center for the Arts and Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre. Enter from South Matlack Street, South High Street or the drive on E. Rosedale Ave.

Ticket Prices

Individual Tickets

Single tickets will go on sale in September and can be purchased two ways:

  1. Online at wcupatix.com/theatreanddance
  2. In person at the Theatre and Dance Box Office, ground floor, E.O. Bull Center for the Arts, 2 E. Rosedale Ave.; M-F 1-3p. For more info, call 610-436-2533. Tickets can be purchased one hour before curtain (if not already sold out) at the E.O. Bull Center Box Office.

Subscriptions

Subscriptions are available for our 55th Season! The following roles for subscribers are now being cast:

  • Walk On | $64.50 | 1 season pass
  • Supporting | $126.00 | 2 season pass
  • Leading | $184.50 | 3 season pass
  • Star | $240.00 | 4 season pass

Each season pass provides six tickets to our season at the lowest price. All subscribers enjoy priority seating, program listing, free ticket exchange, and ticket insurance if tickets are lost or misplaced.

Interested in purchasing a subscription? Call Carolyn Chalmers at (610) 436-3463 to make your purchase.

Past Productions

2019-2020

  • Macbeth
  • Fall Dance Concert
  • Fefu and Her Friends
  • The Visit
  • An Evening of One Acts*
  • Spring Awakening*
  • Spring Dance Concert*

 *Cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic

2018-2019

  • Antigone
  • My Fair Lady
  • Revival, a dance concert
  • Local Girls
  • An Evening of One Acts
  • Progressions, a dance concert
  • The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

2017-2018

  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Exit The King
  • Moving Reflections, a dance concert
  • Never Have I Ever
  • Mosaic, a dance concert
  • Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill, A Musical Voyage
  • An Evening of One Acts

2016-2017

  • Once Upon a Mattress
  • Veer, to alter a direction or course
  • The Long Christmas Ride Home
  • Blithe Spirit
  • The Honorable Maid
  • Serendipity, a dance concert
  • An Evening of One Acts

2015-2016

  • Company
  • Visual Transparency, a dance concert
  • Ghosts
  • What The Water Gave Me
  • The Tempest
  • Unframed Art, a dance concert
  • An Evening of One Acts

2014-2015

  • Dead Man's Cell Phone
  • The Wedding Singer
  • Imprints, a dance concert
  • All's Well that Ends Well
  • Spoon River Project
  • An Evening of One Acts
  • United Diverse Creations, a dance concert

2013-2014

  • Endgame & Come and Go
  • Godspell
  • Poetics of Space, a dance concert
  • Machinal
  • The Rivals
  • Student Written One-Acts
  • Perpetual Motion, a dance concert

2012-2013

  • Student Written One-Acts
  • She Loves Me
  • Coalescence, a dance concert
  • The Mousetrap
  • A Year with Frog and Toad
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • #OccupyUDC, a dance concert

2011-2012

  • Student Written One-Acts
  • Cabaret
  • Cause and Effect, a dance concert
  • Dark at the Top of the Stairs
  • Make Me A Song
  • Kaleidoscope, a dance concert
  • Macbeth

2010-2011

  • Sorrows and Rejoicings
  • The Pajama Game
  • Student Written One Acts
  • Reception/Perception, a dance concert
  • A Festival of New Female Playwrights
  • The Misanthrope
  • Merge Ahead, a dance concert
  • Fables & Fairytales, Children's Theatre

2009-2010

  • The Rocky Horror Show
  • Student Written One Acts
  • E Pluribus Unum, a dance concert
  • Love's Fire
  • As You Like It
  • Wonder Think Feel, a dance concert

2008-2009

  • Psychopathia Sexualis
  • Student Written One Acts
  • Assassins
  • Then to Now, a dance concert
  • tick…tick…BOOM! (Student-directed: Andrew Lowy)
  • Trojan Women
  • Exploring the Spectrum, a dance concert
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