Virtual Festival Montclair State Theater and Dance

Theatre and Dance Virtual Festival: Fall 2020

Online | Beginning March 15, 2021 | 8 PM

Fall Dance 2020

Choreography Maxine Steinman | Stefanie Batten Bland
Christian Von Howard | Kathleen Kelley

Fall Dance 2020: A Virtual Concert, faculty, and students from the Montclair State Dance Division came together to make a concert of new movement works for this an unprecedented moment in time. Each of these pieces, in their own way, examines what it means to be together apart–how we move and are moved by the people around us. This concert was rehearsed and performed under Montclair State University’s COVID safety guidelines, produced for the theater by the Department of Theatre and Dance‘s Production division, and filmed at the Alexander Kasser Theater by the Montclair State University Broadcast and Media Operations department.

Online | Beginning March 15, 2021 | 8 PM

Riders on the Storm

Created by students in collaboration with Heather Benton
The original text from personal interviews
Excerpts from Café Du Monde by Charles Mee
Small Mouth Sounds by Bess Wohl

RIDERS ON THE STORM began as an exercise in inquiry, listening, empathy and transformation. The original text garners from personal interviews with subjects and questions chosen and conducted by students. Captured interviews heard in audio recordings and sound became the entry point through which the art of transformation began, as students then became the subjects of their inquiry. We then collected and arranged these stories and portions of text extracted from the interviews and arranged them thematically into three parts. Part One: (created with the students of cohort A) led us into explorations of love and relationships. Part Two: (created with the students of cohort B) took us into the themes of family and shared memories. Part Three: (consisting of both cohorts) was designed virtually and led us through the journey of stepping into silence and reflection. RIDERS ON THE STORM is the culmination of a truly experimental process in a truly unique time.

Available Online | Limited Time Only | $10.00 plus fees

We Are Proud to Present . . .

Fri. March 19 8:00pm
Sat. March 20 8:00pm
Sun. March 21 3:00pm

By Jackie Sibblies Drury
Directed by Debbie Saivetz

We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Südwestafrika, Between the Years 1884 – 1915 is about six actors–three black and three white–who gather in a rehearsal room and presentation space and struggle to tell the little-known story of the first genocide of the 20th century. Along the way, they test the limits of empathy as their individual stories, subjectivities, assumptions, and prejudices give rise to their theatrical process. Eventually, the full force of a horrific past crashes into the good intentions of the present, and what seemed a faraway place and time comes all too close to home.

Available Online | Limited Time Only | $10.00 plus fees

Working (A Musical)

Fri. April 16 8:00 PM
Sat. April 17 8:00 PM
Sun. April 18 3:00 PM

From the book by Studs Terkel
Adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso,
with additional contributions by Gordon Greenberg.
Director Peter Flynn
Choreographer Hollie Wright
Music Director Sarah Brett England

The Department of Theatre and Dance has captured the unique musical Working on video depicting the beauty and often-unrecognizable people behind the American workforce. Written by award-winning composers and writers like Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin), James Taylor, Micki Grant, and Craig Carnelia (Sweet Smell of Success), Working is an examination and celebration of the middle class from their perspective on the job. Based on the best-selling book by journalist Studs Terkel, it is the story of men and women who are the fabric of our nation: the artisanal stonemason, the millworker, the food server, the firefighter, the teacher, the long-distance truck driver, and that most reductive of vocational designations, the homemaker. Special to our production, we interviewed essential and frontline workers during the Covid pandemic and interweave their stories into the musical, making this a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Available Online | Limited Time Only | $10.00 plus fees

A Chorus Line

Fri. March 19 8:00pm
Sat. March 20 8:00pm
Sun. March 21 3:00pm

Book by James Kirwood and Nicolas Dante
Music by Marvin Hamslich
Lyrics by Edward Kleban
Directed by Clay James
Choreography by Kim Whittam
Music Direction by Meghann Zervoulis

This iconic musical is a “Singular Sensation,” receiving nine Tony Awards®, in addition to winning the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Set on the bare stage of a Broadway theater, centered on Broadway dancers (a.k.a. gypsies) auditioning for spots in an unnamed Broadway musical. A Chorus Line is a glimpse into the lives of the performers and choreographers, as they bare their souls describing the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers.

Available Online | Limited Time Only | $10.00 plus fees

An Enemy of the People

Fri. March 26 8:00pm
Sat. March 27 8:00pm
Sun. March 28 3:00pm

Written by Henrik Ibsen
Adapted by Tommy Schrider
Director Tommy Schrider

A shocking discovery has been made about the water at the Springs, threatening the town’s bright future. When the press learns of the story, two brothers are thrust into a personal and political battle, throwing their careers, families and thousands of lives into the balance. A contemporary adaptation of Ibsen’s timeless original that asks, “What is the cost of “progress” if it comes at the expense of the people it is supposed to serve?”

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