Virtual Festival Montclair State Theater and Dance

Theatre and Dance Virtual Festival: Spring 2021

Available Online | Limited Time Only | $10.00 plus fees

Brooklyn’s Bridge: A New Musical

Friday July 9, 2021, at 8:00 PM
Saturday July 10, 2021, at 8:00 PM
Sunday July 11, 2021, at 3:00 PM

Directed by Ray Roderick
Music by Joseph Baker
Book and Lyrics by Ray Roderick

Brooklyn’s Bridge is inspired by the extraordinary life of Emily Roebling, wife of Brooklyn Bridge Chief Engineer Washington Roebling. While working in the caissons under the east river, Washington had a debilitating attack of “the bends” and became bedridden. For the next eleven years, only Emily was seen on the worksite, delivering plans, handling both engineering and political issues. The New York Times recently revised their obituary acknowledging that, SHE built the bridge. And as the Brooklyn Bridge grows stronger, foundations to towers, cables to roadway…so does their love for one another, as Emily navigates the uncharted waters; a Victorian woman in a man’s world.
 
 

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‘TASHA, a protest play

Friday July 9, 2021, at 8:00 PM
Saturday July 10, 2021, at 8:00 PM
Sunday July 11, 2021, at 3:00 PM

By Yusef Miller
Directed by Tia James
Choreographed by Francesca Harper

‘TASHA is set in a modern republic. White Nationalists are occupying the government. Black communities are under martial law. Newly elected President Waters rules that from henceforth all who defy the police are criminals and will remain unburied should they be killed. Natasha Brown, 27, seeking justice, buries her cousin, murdered by law enforcement. In doing so, ‘Tasha ignites a prophecy long buried, the criminalization of Brown people. But is this prophecy reversible? ‘TASHA was inspired by Sophocles’ ANTIGONE.

Playwright’s Note: ‘TASHA was written while I was facilitating a Devised Theatre class. The class aimed to magnify the voices of young women of color, murdered by the police – racial violence perpetrated against the female Black body is seldom told. A prototype of TASHA was first performed for and by Black and Latina students. I strongly urge that any future production of ‘TASHA evolve from a performance lab among theatre students. The process should amplify Greek tragedy through the inclusion of non-traditional voices. The lab goal should be to empower and inspire young artists of color to address race, gender, and the criminalization of Black people.

-WARNING-

Following is a statement by Sandra L. Shullman, Ph.D., president of the American Psychological Association, regarding the mental health consequences of recent high-profile violent events targeting African Americans:

“We are living in a racism pandemic, which is taking a heavy psychological toll on our African American citizens. The health consequences are dire. Racism is associated with a host of psychological consequences, including depression, anxiety, and other serious, sometimes debilitating conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use disorders. Moreover, the stress caused by racism can contribute to the development of cardiovascular and other physical diseases. The American Psychological Association urges those who are experiencing trauma in the aftermath of these tragedies to practice self-care. Connect with family, friends, and other community support people, talk about your feelings and limit your exposure and that of your children to news media and viral videos. Seek professional help if you need it.”

https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2020/05/racism-pandemic

 
 

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Top Girls

Friday July 16, 2021, at 8:00 PM
Saturday July 17, 2021, at 8:00 PM
Sunday July 18, 2021, at 3:00 PM

A play by Caryl Churchill
Directed by Susan Kerner

Just as timely and provocative as when it debuted in the early ‘80s, Top Girls highlights the sacrifices made by women in their quest for success and what happens to those left behind. With her characteristically bold theatricality, Caryl Churchill examines women in the workplace in Maggie Thatcher’s Britain who choose to take on the worst traits of men. At the heart of her emotionally blistering and sharply witty play, two sisters, one an upwardly mobile businesswoman and the other passionately committed to her working-class roots, battle over personal and deeply held political views in a confrontation that will forever change their lives.
 
 

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Titanic, the Musical

Friday July 16, 2021, at 8:00 PM
Saturday July 17, 2021, at 8:00 PM
Sunday July 18, 2021, at 3:00 PM

Story and Book by Peter Stone
Music and lyrics by Maury Yeston
Directed by Mark Hardy
Music Direction by Kevin Stites
Conductor and Music Supervisor Gregory J. Dlugos
Choreography by Kim Whittam

Produced on Broadway by Dodger Theatricals, Richard S. Pechter and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The sinking of the Titanic in the early hours of April 15, 1912, remains the quintessential disaster of the twentieth century. A total of 1,517 souls – men, women and children-lost their lives (only 711 survived). The fact that the finest, largest, strongest ship in the world called, in fact, the “unsinkable” ship-should have been lost during its maiden voyage is so incredible that, had it not actually happened, no author would have dared to contrive it.

An epic, sweeping musical drama, TITANIC examines the causes, the conditions, and the characters involved in the ever-fascinating drama of the RSS Titanic. This is the factual story of that ship-of her officer, screw and passengers, to be sure-but she will not, as has happened so many times before, serve as merely the background against which fictional, melodramatic narratives are recounted. The central character pf our TITANIC is the Titanic herself.

Winner of five Tony Awards including Best Score, Best Book, and Best Musical, this is the factual story of the fascinating and infamous “unsinkable” ship and. most importantly, of her passengers and crew. With a soaring score and filled with disarming with, this musical feature a wide array of characters from various classes and backgrounds unexpectedly sharing their aspirations and facing life’s ultimate questions together.

TITANIC is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK

www.tamswitmark.com
 
 

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THE ILLUSION

Friday July 16, 2021, at 8:00 PM
Saturday July 17, 2021, at 8:00 PM
Sunday July 18, 2021, at 3:00 PM

By Pierre Corneille
Adapted by Tony Kushner
Directed by Heather Benton

Commissioned and originally produced by New York Theatre Workshop Further developed and produced by Hartford Stage Company
Mark Lamos, Artistic Director

THE ILLUSION is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC www.broadwayplaypub.com

THE ILLUSION was the department’s “Acting Lab” project spring 2021 semester and was captured on Zoom over several days. It features the acting work of ten BFA Actors, one BFA Actor as an Assistant Director. Students in the cast are also the editors of this production.

 
 

Spring Festival Lineup Department of Theater and Dance 2021