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“Trial of the Catonsville Nine” Connects Past and Present

Alasdair Padman, Staff Reporter

March 8, 2018


Filed under A&E

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...

Wire Watch: Week of May 4th

Eric Anderson, A&E Editor

May 4, 2017


Filed under A&E, Pio Picks

"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


Filed under A&E, Front Page Slideshow

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


Filed under A&E, Front Page Slideshow

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


Filed under A&E, A&E Highlight, Front Page Slideshow

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


Filed under A&E, Front Page Slideshow

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


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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


Filed under A&E, Reviews

"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...

Pio Picks: Week of Oct. 15

Martina Pansze

October 15, 2015


Filed under A&E, Pio Picks

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: ...

Instant Play Festival Fosters Theater Collaboration

Instant Play Festival Fosters Theater Collaboration

Megan Hearst, Staff Writer

October 1, 2015


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The Instant Play Festival arrived this year in a whirlwind of activity, creativity and collaboration. For two days, over the 26 and 27 of September, theater goers were entertained by 14 funny, strange and often poignant plays Whitman students produced. The premise of the Instant Play Festival is simple:...

One Act Plays help students create memorable experiences

Hannah Bartman

February 5, 2015


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Next Wednesday, Feb. 11 marks the 26th-annual One Act Play Contest, a Whitman tradition that aims to introduce students to theater production and further promote the endurance of the arts. According to tradition, three plays will be performed, all of them written, directed, acted, designed and managed...

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