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Harper Joy’s “A King Lear” brings mixed media, innovation to Shakespearean text

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Michelle Foster, Staff Writer

March 9, 2017

The traditional and rich language of Shakespeare, combined with modern forms of mixed media, filled the stage in Harper Joy Theatre’s production of “A King Lear.” The play, performed first for Encounters classes before playing to regular weekend audiences, was an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “King...

Instant Play Festival throws together a spectacular show

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Eric Anderson, A&E Editor

September 29, 2016

For the ninth year since its inception, the Instant Play Festival kicked off the 2016-2017 Whitman theatrical season in style, with students showcasing their hastily constructed and quality-made short plays on Harper Joy Theater’s Alexander Stage. The plays ranged significantly. Dramatic, introspective works like ...

“Rocky Horror” Warps to Power House Theatre

Eric Anderson, A&E Editor

September 8, 2016

There’s a light over at the Gesa Power House Theatre and if you follow it, you are sure to find the Frankenstein place, sweet transvestites and time warps galore in Hypoxik Productions’ performance of one of the most famous science fiction double features of all time. “The Rocky Horror Show,” wr...

Pio Picks: Week of Oct. 15

Martina Pansze

October 15, 2015

Performance of Butt Kapinski, an interactive mystery/comedy play: Oct. 16 & 17, 7:30 p.m. at the Gesa Powerhouse, 111 N 6th Ave.   JeanLouis Tripp & François Lapierre Drawing Concert and Book Signing: Friday, Oct. 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Maxey Museum. Part of the SEEING STORIES: ...

Playwrights give guidance, inspiration to Instant Play Festival participants

Playwrights give guidance, inspiration to Instant Play Festival participants

Mallory Martin

September 20, 2012

The Instant Play Festival is a time-honored Whitman tradition. Entering its fifth year, the festival gives 14 Whitties the opportunity to learn from three different professional playwrights over the course of three weeks, absorbing all they can and learning the tricks of the trade. At 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept....

Harper Joy throws wild ‘Birthday Party’

Mallory Martin

April 12, 2012

Running through Sunday, April 15, Harold Pinter's "The Birthday Party" brings a mix of humor, menace, mayhem and student originality to Harper Joy Theater. Written in 1958, and considered a classic piece of Absurdist theatre, "The Birthday Party" tells the story of an odd group of individuals who fall into violent and chaotic behavior during a surprise birthd...

‘Hello Failure’ offers graceful, life-affirming portrait of courage

Alex Hagen

March 11, 2012

"Hello Failure," a comedy written and directed by Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Kristen Kosmas, was performed from Thursday, Mar. 1 through Sunday, Mar. 4 at Harper Joy Theatre. The show, described as a "sprawling, associative, neo-realistic comedy of beauty," centers on the story of seven...

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