Emma Stanton’s thesis play, No Candy, centers around multi-generational, multi-ethnic Bosnian women who run a gift shop near the Srebrenica memorial, and how they cope, both privately and publicly, with the traumas they experienced during the war. No Candy is about how trauma inhabits the body and shapes a community.more
Current student Samantha Cooper’s thesis play, Invincible Ones, follows a Lower East Side apartment of women who are reeling from the death of their best friend, as they face what the world looks like in the wake of their loss. In this new world, each woman attempts to answer many seemingly unanswerable questions: Who will give the eulogy? Will they ever be able to live alone? Why did that girl’s brother show up? How far will you let someone go to keep your tips?more
Dominic Finocchiaro’s thesis play, Trees in their youth, follows four seniors navigate the perils of privilege, race, gender and sexuality as they struggle to come of age in their cloistered Bay Area town. Along the way, it asks the questions: Who were you in high school? What do you remember? What have you chosen to forget?
Trees in their youth ran at the Ford Studio at Pershing Square Signature Center in May.
Chas LiBretto’s thesis play, The Laodamiad, follows a young woman named Laodamia, daughter to a king on the verge of committing troops and resources to the war plans of political allies. She falls in love with a young officer and quickly marries him before he heads off to battle. He’s the first casualty of that war and she becomes the first war widow.more
Kate Mulley’s thesis play, Strange Bare Facts, constitutes a trilogy of plays—Grey Lady, Hither Ditch and The Next War—that explores the intersection of war and medicine across three different wars and 150 years. Set during the Civil War, the First World War and the war in Afghanistan, these plays delve into the tragedy, comedy, mystery, and romance of life and death at the front lines, in field hospitals and at home.
Hongyi Tian’s thesis play, Planet Heart, revolves around two main characters: an American who goes to teach English at a high school in Xi’an, China, and a Chinese who works in New York City. It’s a piece about family and being a foreigner, and perhaps most importantly, it’s about how we make sense of the existence of ourselves and those around us as we journey through life.more