Theatre and Dance Virtual Festival: Fall 2020
Welcome!Daniel Gurskis, Dean, College of the Arts
Below is a portal to dance, theatre, musical theatre, and other student-created work that we encourage you to explore. You and every audience member will now have a front row seat to spectacular shows pre-recorded and available for streaming. And as I like to say to all our patrons, SIT BACK AND ENJOY THE SHOW!
Producing Director Peter Davis
Producer Virtual Festival Jeff Lambert Wingfield
Web Content and Digital Communications Manager Michael Lyden
Productions Coordinator Theatre and Dance Lisa Grimes
Director of Audience Services Robert Hermida
Marketing and Media Director Camille Spaccavento
Art Director Patrick Flood
Web Designer, Arts and Cultural Programming Martin Halo
Director of Production Services and Technology Patricia Piroh
Chief Engineer Adam Goldberg
Senior Engineer Matthew Wilson
Engineers Jeff Jones and Glenn Davidson
Productions Services Krystal Acosta
Production Coordinator Amanda Accardo
Faculty Advisor Stuart MacLelland
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.
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.
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.
Fri. April 16 8:00 PM
Sat. April 17 8:00 PM
Sun. April 18 3:00 PM
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.
Fri. March 19 8:00pm
Sat. March 20 8:00pm
Sun. March 21 3:00pm
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.
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?”