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“Playing With Fire” resurrects Frankenstein

“Playing With Fire” resurrects Frankenstein

Ryder Brookes, A&E Reporter

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 famous novel to Harper Joy Theatre. The play is an epilogue, continuing the story after the ending of She...

Visiting Professors Enrich the Whitman Community

Visiting Professors Enrich the Whitman Community

Sophie Leibsohn, Staff Reporter

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 Germany to New York to Oregon and finally just this last year, to Whitman College. While their...

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

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

Anthony Reale, Skrillex Apologist

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 Jarper Hoy–even to the point of spray painting an enormous depiction of Broadway darling Nathan La...

“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...

One Act Play Festival Addresses Contemporary Issues

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

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...

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

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

Afton Weaver, Staff Reporter

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 its odd, quirky premise and makes it into a lesson about faith and love. The Little Theatre’s...

Walla Walla embraces “The Producers”

Walla Walla embraces “The Producers”

Eric Anderson, A&E Editor

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 rendition began on Jan. 20 and will continue through Feb. 11. Based on the Oscar-winning 1968...

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

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

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”

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

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.

The One Act Play Contest

Emma Cooper

February 18, 2016

The One Act Play Contest took place February 10th-14th, playing student-written and directed plays every night.

The Little Theatre presents “The Glass Menagerie”

The Little Theatre presents “The Glass Menagerie”

Eric Anderson, Staff Writer

February 4, 2016

"I am the opposite of a stage magician," asserts the narrator of "The Glass Menagerie." "He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion." This notion of truth in disguise permeates The Little Theatre's performance of "Menagerie," written...

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