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College theatre beyond the Whitman bubble

Illustration by Kiara Paninos.
October 22, 2020

Although it can be easy for students to get stuck in the “Whitman bubble” when it comes to theatre, Walla Walla has many opportunities to get out and consume theatre — including at its two other...

Gleason Bauer’s Moment Workshop explores the dynamics of space

Photo contributed by Michael Ensminger.
October 15, 2020

Although mainstage shows are the most visible, students at Whitman create theatre in a variety of ways, from classes to clubs to workshops. Gleason Bauer creates and educates about theatre as well as on...

One Act Play Festival offers theatre for students across communities

Whitman students perform in the annual One Act Play Festival, which featured pieces written and directed by students. Photos by Dana Kendrick.
February 20, 2020

This past weekend, the Whitman Department of Theatre put on the One Act Play Festival, where three, roughly 20-minute one act plays were showcased at the Alexander Stage in Harper Joy Theatre. Students...

“Playing With Fire” resurrects Frankenstein

Frankenstein, played by sophomore Racheal Goldsmith Zucker, ex- plores
October 24, 2019

This weekend, the theater department will bring Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein" back from the dead, literally. From Oct. 24 through 27, Director Annaliese Baker will bring an adapted version of the...

Visiting Professors Enrich the Whitman Community

Visiting Professor Eva Hoffmann poses with the Walla Walla autumn. Hoffmann began working at Whitman in the fall of 2017.
October 25, 2018

When Visiting Assistant Professor of German and Gender Studies Eva Hoffmann was growing up, she never imagined she would someday end up in small-town Walla Walla. Her path has taken her all the way from...

Theatre reportedly not doing another musical for the next 400,000 years

Illustration by Megan Waldau
September 24, 2018

After the success of its last musical, Cats, Jarper Hoy Theatre enjoyed a brief moment in the spotlight on Whitman’s campus.  Students were violently interested in when the next show would return to...

“Trial of the Catonsville Nine” Connects Past and Present

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.”...

One Act Play Festival Addresses Contemporary Issues

'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).
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,...

Wire Watch: Week of May 4th

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...

“Messiah on the Frigidaire” Graces Little Theatre of Walla Walla with Comedy, Intrigue

April 6, 2017

Utilizing strong language, subtle adult content and commentary on religious chicanery, John Culbertson’s play “Messiah on the Frigidaire,” as performed by the Little Theatre of Walla Walla, takes...

Walla Walla embraces “The Producers”

Robert and the Little old Ladies. Photo by John Anthony
January 26, 2017

It may be a musical about the worst musical ever produced, but the cast and crew of “The Producers” were all too excited to join the Little Theatre’s production of the famous Broadway show. The local...

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

Photo by Caroline Ashford Arya
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.”...

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