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
Ben Hoover's thesis play, Pioneer Species, follows Nick as returns to Pennsylvania after a long stint in the Amazon. After suffering from sunburn and mosquitos, he thinks he’s ready for all this old trappings of home—but then he finds himself curiously unmoved by Thanksgiving traditions, and he sets off on creating for himself a new kind of family that he can call his own.more
Kristin Slaney's thesis play, Un-Utero, follows Mel and Becca, best friends who live in a town where all Planned Parenthood locations have recently shut down. When Mel becomes pregnant, Becca decides to donate her eggs under the table to help Mel pay for an abortion. Un-Utero is a comedy about fertility, feminism, female friendship and Susan Miller horoscopes.
The play was performed at the Ford Studio at Pershing Square Signature Center in April.more
Theatre Management & Producing alumnus Andy Donald ’10 was appointed the new associate artistic director at American Conservatory Theater (ACT), where he will commission and develop new work and assume producing and presenting responsibilities within the artistic department.
David Pablos’s second feature film, Las elegidas (The Chosen Ones), won five prizes at the 58th annual Ariel Awards, including best picture. The Ariels, handed out by the Mexican Academy of Film Arts and Sciences, are the most prestigious awards in the Mexican film industry.