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

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

Alasdair Padman, Staff Reporter

April 19, 2018


Filed under A&E, Front Page Slideshow

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 ocean. The others are more traditionally Northwest: leather jackets, ripped and patched jeans...

“Trial of the Catonsville Nine” Connects Past and Present

Alasdair Padman, Staff Reporter

March 8, 2018


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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...

One Act Play Festival Addresses Contemporary Issues

One Act Play Festival Addresses Contemporary Issues

Alasdair Padman, Staff Reporter

February 22, 2018


Filed under A&E, A&E Highlight

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, designers and directors to bring three, student-written plays to the stage. This year, the three...

“A Few Good Men” Has Honorable Themes

Alasdair Padman, Staff Reporter

November 9, 2017


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With a stunning cast and an impressive array of mystery, casework and drama, the Walla Walla Little Theater’s adaption of “A Few Good Men” is a must-see. It was originally written by Aaron Sorkin (the screenwriter of “West Wing”) to be a theater production; he then worked with director Rob...

“Mr. Kolpert” Brings Dark Humor to Stage

“Mr. Kolpert” Brings Dark Humor to Stage

Alasdair Padman, Staff Reporter

October 17, 2017


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"Mr. Kolpert” opened in Harper Joy Theater last week to a bewildered audience of parents, faculty, community members and students alike. It will continue into this weekend at 8 p.m. on Oct. 27 and 28. The play, written by Gieselmann and translated by David Tushingham, is directed by Whitman Theater ...

Creative Writers Shape Instant Play Festival

Creative Writers Shape Instant Play Festival

Alasdair Padman, Staff Reporter

September 28, 2017


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Popping ghosts, pirates sniffing cocaine, a writer’s mind unraveling, radical love and the bargaining of lives marked the first night of the 10th annual Instant Play Festival. By the end of the weekend of September 24-25, ten student writers responsible for this assortment of ideas had watched...

“As You Like It” Annual Shakespeare Performance

“As You Like It” Annual Shakespeare Performance

Michelle Foster, A&E Editor

September 2, 2017


Filed under A&E, Front Page Slideshow

On August 31, the student theater at Whitman put on a production of Shakespeare's comedy "As You Like It" in the outdoor Amphitheater.

Breath, Sweat, Hair, Dirt, Dust

Breath, Sweat, Hair, Dirt, Dust

Michelle Foster, Staff Writer

April 20, 2017


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A sweeping set of performances came to the stage at Harper Joy Theatre for Whitman’s annual Spring Dance Performance, titled “breath, sweat, hair, dirt, dust.” Performances ran from April 12 to April 16 and featured the artistry of student performers alongside some notable guest choreographers. The...

Theatre Department’s Unique “Echo Chamber” Project Breaks Boundaries

Michelle Foster, Staff Writer

April 6, 2017


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Turning frustration and disagreement into a compelling and powerful theater production was Whitman student Lud Brito’s project in putting together “Echo Chamber.” The production is a play that utilizes music, dance and spoken word. Already performed twice in Harper Joy Theatre, the next showin...

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

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

Michelle Foster, Staff Writer

March 9, 2017


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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...

This From Cloudland opens at Harper Joy

This From Cloudland opens at Harper Joy

Michelle Foster, Staff Writer

October 20, 2016


Filed under A&E, A&E Highlight, Events

A boy’s head is stuck in a bear’s mouth, people speak of stealing free things and two lovers hold themselves hostage in “This From Cloudland,” an original piece written and directed by Whitman Professor of Theater Kristen Kosmas. The opening performance took place on Wednesday, October 19 a...

“Rocky Horror” Warps to Power House Theatre

Eric Anderson, A&E Editor

September 8, 2016


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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...

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