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Intimacy direction: An onstage chemistry essential

Sienna Axe, A&E Reporter

October 3, 2019

It’s a tale as old as student theatre: two unsuspecting cast members are sent to a corner to figure out how to kiss each other and come back when they’re ready to do it onstage. Or worse, one of the students is told to kiss the unsuspecting other the next time they do the scene. This situation...

“Trial of the Catonsville Nine” Connects Past and Present

Alasdair Padman, Staff Reporter

March 8, 2018

Activist and poet Reverend Daniel Berrigan visited Whitman campus twice, once in the 1970s and again in the early 1980s. Each time, he directed a dramatic reading of “The Trial of the Catonsville Nine.” Two years after his death, his political theater has returned to the Harper Joy Theatre under...

Wire Watch: Week of May 4th

Eric Anderson, A&E Editor

May 4, 2017

"You Can't Take it With You:" The famed comedy about a dysfunctional family caps of Harper Joy Theatre's 2016-2017 season. Evening shows Thursday-Saturday, May 4-6, 8:00 p.m.; matinee show Sunday, May 7, 2 p.m.. Alexander Stage. Free admission. Additional showtimes starting May 18. Dulcé Sloan: The award-winning...

Wire Watch: Week of April 13th

Eric Anderson, A&E Editor

April 11, 2017

"breath, sweat, hair, dirt, dust:" A mixed-bill of new contemporary choreographies, performed by Whitman students. 8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, April 13-15 (matinees at 2 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, April 15-16), Harper Joy Theatre. Free for Whitman students. "Babeland presents The 'Moregasm' Workshop:" A ...

Wire Watch: Week of February 2nd

Eric Anderson, A&E Editor

February 8, 2017

"'The Public Thing' Goes Public" Lecture: Professor Sarah Davies, of Whitman, will present on the "image" of Rome in the second century that helped forge an empire. To be held 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 2, in Olin Hall 129. Free admission. "The Producers": The Mel Brooks comedy will continue s...

“A Night of Sam Shepard:” An Interview with Erin Kirkpatrick

Photo by Caroline Ashford Arya

Eric Anderson, A&E Editor

December 8, 2016

On Wednesday, Dec. 7, showings began for Harper Joy Theatre’s “A Night of Sam Shepard,” a two hour theatrical event featuring productions of Sam Shepard’s plays “Cowboy Mouth” and “Action.” The two plays, respectively, are directed by senior theatre majors, Erin Kirkpatrick and Drew Sc...

Keeping 400-year-old Jokes Relevant: Students Rise to Perform “Twelfth Night”

Photo contributed by John Lee

Allison Hall

March 10, 2016

Taking on Shakespeare is a daunting task for anyone; but Harper Joy's production of "The Twelfth Night" kept the crowd on the edge of their seats with live music, palpable energy and an active engagement with the audience.

Actors confront life, love in new production

Three Tall Women opens the week of April 13th. Photo by Anna Dawson.

Geoffrey Leach

April 16, 2015

Through April 19, the Department of Theatre will perform "Three Tall Women" in Harper Joy Theatre. Written by Edward Albee, the play tells the story of three women, named A, B and C. A, played by sophomore Lauren Rekhelman, is a 92-year-old woman who tells a lot of stories. B, played by senior Anastasia...

Actually Just Kind of and Almost

Dancers rehearse for Peter deGrasse's piece. Photo by Hannah Bashevkin.

James Kennedy

December 4, 2014

"Actually Just Kind of and Almost," the dance performance starting Dec. 11, reflects last year's introduction of dance to the theatre department, and Harper Joy Theatre has begun introducing dance-based shows into their typically play-oriented season lineup. "Seeing the dance production in our offerings...

Theatre, Encounters Partner to Bring Texts to Life

Theatre, Encounters Partner to Bring Texts to Life

Lachlan Johnson

March 13, 2014

Performances of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" were held March 5-9 in Harper Joy Theatre as part of the collaboration between the theatre department and the Encounters faculty. This is the second year HJT has incorporated a performance of one of the texts in the Encounters syllabus, following last year's successful production of Shakespeare's "...

Getting Adventurous with ‘Drunken City’

Getting Adventurous with 'Drunken City'

James Kennedy

November 14, 2013

In covering Whitman's latest production, "The Drunken City," The Pioneer sat down with the four leading ladies of the production: the three lead actors and the director. Senior Florence LeBas directs first-year Haley Forrester as Marty, sophomore Maya Kozarsky as Linda and senior Alexandra Sc...

‘Floyd Collins’: ‘127 Hours’ the musical

'Floyd Collins': '127 Hours' the musical

Clara Bartlett

May 2, 2013

From May 2 through May 18, "Floyd Collins" will grace the Alexander Stage in Harper Joy Theatre. Directed by Michael Walling and stage-managed by Sabra Jaffe, the musical tells the story, based on true events, of a man (Floyd Collins) who, while exploring a Kentucky cave in 1925, became trapped. Getting...

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