Three New Plays Showcased in the Schapiro Theater

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10-Nov-16
 
Three new plays, made in collaboration between the Class of 2018 Directors, Dramaturges, and Playwrights, will run in rep at the Schapiro Theatre from Nov. 11 – 13. The shows have been created and developed as part of a new course offered by the Theatre Program: Collaboration 2, led by concentration heads Anne Bogart, David Henry Hwang, and Christian Parker.
 
As the course title suggests, the primary objective of the class is to continue to give students hands-on opportunities to develop their identities as collaborative theatre-makers. The class builds off the groundwork of Collaboration, a course taught by Bogart that first year students in the Acting, Directing, Dramaturgy, Playwriting, and Stage Management concentrations all take together. Under Bogart’s guidance, the class creates three festivals of short plays over the course of the semester. With the inclusion of Parker and Hwang, Collaboration 2 provides more in-depth examination of how the roles and contributions of each of the three disciplines can be best utilized, as well as an opportunity to share new works.  
 
The three shows running in the Schapiro Theatre showcase the diversity of voice and of collaboration methods used by Columbia  artists. For Black Garden, playwright Gordon Penn explicitly created a text of narrative fragments to share with director Arthur Makaryan and dramaturg Ned Moore. For them, the rehearsal process has not only included character exploration and staging questions, but also creating the order of how text is presented in the play.

“I've loved watching our watching brilliant actors bump up against, converge with, and work through the ideas of the director and writer. I've felt totally honored to be a liaison as well as a creator in this process,” said Moore. “As a dramaturg, I try to approach the collaborative process with the objective of facilitating the healthiest and most productive communication possible, and to continuously steer the dialogue toward a shared goal.”
 
Director Kim Kerfoot and dramaturg Philip Santos Schaffer were presented with a different challenge by Andy Boyd’s new play, The Trade Federation
Or, Let’s Explore Globalization Through the Star Wars Prequels. Beginning with a pitch meeting between ambitious young playwright Andy Boyd and George Lucas, the play draws heavily on the iconic Star Wars canon to explicitly critique the International Monetary Fund. Rehearsals have explored how to evoke the cinematic characters on stage, and how theater can model political resistance.
 
The team for A Haunting took another approach to creating a story together: by sharing inspiration and ideas, they developed a plot and storyline together. Playwright Santino DeAngelo used as this outline as the jumping off point for the script, before handing it off to director Mark H. and dramaturg Ryan Patrick Ervin to bring to life on the stage.  

All performances are free and will be in the Schapiro Theater, downstairs in Schapiro Hall on
605 West 115th Street.

The Trade Federation will be performed on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 PM, Saturday, Nov. 12 at 4:30 PM, and on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 5:30 PM. RSVP here.

A Haunting will be performed on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 9 PM and Sunday, Nov.13, 3 PM  and at 7:30 PM. RSVP here

Black Garden will be performed on Friday, Nov. 11, at 9 PM  and Saturday, Nov. 12 at 2 PM and 7 PM. RSVP here

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