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The One Act Play Festival in review

Diana Issa, Campus Life Reporter February 24, 2022

At first, you are solving a mysterious murder on a cruise. Then you are growing up from teenagehood to college years while trying to deal with your own anxiety. Finally, you are far from home, feeling...

Upcoming One Acts Festival showcases student work

Upcoming One Acts Festival showcases student work

Diana Issa, Campus Life Reporter February 17, 2022

This week, the Whitman community will have the chance to attend the "One Act Play Festival." Everything in the festival, from the scripts to the productions themselves, has been made, performed and...

Photo contributed by David Lu.

“The Penelopiad” pulls back the curtain on Odysseus and Penelope

Mo Dow, Campus Life Reporter December 9, 2021

This Thursday, Dec. 9, marks the opening night of the Whitman theatre department’s last show of the semester, “The Penelopiad.” The play, as well as the book of the same name it was adapted from,...

Photo by Bridget Kennedy.

Senior theater majors reflect on their time in the spotlight

Ahmed Elsayed, Campus Life Reporter December 2, 2021

Whitman's department of theatre and dance hosts a wide range of artists and scholars, who often contribute analytically and artistically to the Whitman community through various methods of live performance....

“The Revolutionists” in review

Isabella Hunter, Campus Life Reporter October 7, 2021

Last week, "The Revolutionists" by Lauren Gunderson took the Harper Joy Theatre by storm: a feminist political comedy based somewhat in reality and packed with controversy, drama and death.  Starring...

Photo by Nathaniel Martin.

Whitman theater department welcomes Aaron Chvatal as new costume shop director, readjusts to a season of live productions

Zac Bentz, Campus Life Editor September 16, 2021

As the fall semester begins, bringing with it the long-absent promise of live community performance, the Whitman theater department welcomes Aaron Chvatal as its new Costume Shop Director and Visiting...

Photo contributed Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Empty seats, but the show must go on: “All the Devils are Here” in review

Jaime Fields , Arts & Entertainment Reporter March 25, 2021

A man steps out onto a dark stage, facing a theatre full of empty seats. He crouches over a book, lifts a staff and strikes the stage three times. The lights shift, highlighting the actor in a striking...

Reconfiguring the arts: FSR proposes cuts and new programs

Jaime Fields, A&E Reporter February 18, 2021

In the midst of getting back to in-person classes, students and faculty received a new source of stress and confusion: on Feb. 2, President Murray sent out an email containing the Financial Sustainability...

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Emily K. Harrison and Walla Walla High School drama teacher Kristin Hessler read “Our Town.”

Contextualizing “Our Town”

Kaitlin Cho , A&E Reporter November 7, 2019

On Friday, Nov. 1, a mix of Whitman faculty, First Congregational Church members and Whitman and Walla Walla High School students stood before rows of pews at the First Congregational Church and performed...

love letters to the world as we would have it is a play by Whitman student Kenzie Spooner 18 that features love letters they have written over the past year.

The Barn Hosts Student Play “love letters to the world as we would have it”

Alasdair Padman, Staff Reporter April 19, 2018

Sadie, Penny and Geo, all portrayed by Whitman students, lie motionless on a few threadbare carpets. Ocean circles them, her eyes drifting over the audience; she is dressed in the sea-green of the tormented...

“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.”...

Hand of a Star written by Dani Schlenker and directed by Kristina Roy won the One Acts competition. Pictured here are Chloe Hood (left) and Ella Meyers (right).

One Act Play Festival Addresses Contemporary Issues

Alasdair Padman, Staff Reporter February 22, 2018

Thursday, Feb. 15 marked the first evening of Whitman’s annual One Act Play Festival performances. Thirty years after its inception, the festival continues to be an opportunity for student performers,...

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