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Taking Flight: Festival of Student Work

Window - Presented in partnership with Ghost River Theatre
March 15 - 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the West Village Theatre

March 29 - April 2 at 7:30 p.m.
April 6 - 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Single day tickets: $10
Festival Passes: $20

Our annual festival of work conceived, directed, produced, and performed by graduate and undergraduate students. Each year Taking Flight features a wide range of dramatic material and approaches to theatrical performance, including innovative interpretations of classic texts, original stagings of new writing, and collaboratively devised works of performance-creation.

Week 1: March 29-April 2

Mother Tongue by Betty Quan. Directed by Kris Vanessa Teo.
Mimi struggles with the barriers of language and culture within her family as her mother doesn’t speak English and her brother is deaf. When Mimi decides to attend university elsewhere, escaping her delegated role as interpreter, it threatens to upset a delicate balance.
March 29, 31 and April 2 (evening performance - festival starts at 7:30 p.m.)
March 30 at 12 p.m.

Essay by Hannah Moscovitch. Directed by Sidney Knapp.
When Pixie choses a female subject as the topic of the essay for her History of War class, it sparks a discussion between the male professor and TA about the value of the female role in war/history. In excluding Pixie from this discourse they bring into question what voice women have in fields dominated by men.
March 29, April 1-2 (evening performance - festival starts at 7:30 p.m.)
March 31 at 12 p.m.

Staged Reading: Resistance by James Wade.
Paris 1973. Director Jean-Pierre Melville’s career is in ruins. A young woman, Dominique Peyroux, has come to him with an idea for a film that could benefit them both. Secrets from the French Resistance are revealed as past blends with present.
March 30 at 7:30 p.m., followed by post-show talkback
April 1 (evening performance - festival starts at 7:30 p.m.)

Special Presentation: Whole Grain Cereal: the Floor Boards of Your Mind, Here and Away, Yesterday by DRAM 560: Performance Creation III. Facilitated creatively by Peter Balkwill and Bruce Barton.
This work is original and collaboratively created; there has been no script from which to spring. The devising process has been
inspired by an investigation of the Box Art of Joseph Cornell. The student’s own boxes will be on display in the lobby of the Reeve Theatre.
March 31, April 2 (evening performance - festival starts at 7:30 p.m.)
April 1 at 12 p.m.

Week 2 April 6-9

MacBeth by William Shakespeare. Directed by Adrian Young.
Macbeth tells the tale of a man and woman who are seduced by equivocation and allow their ambition to test the foundations of the world around them. Contending with powers outside of their control ensures their consequences.
April 6-9 (evening performance - festival starts at 7:30 p.m.)

Sore by FINA 503: Opera Workshop. Lead creatively by Laura Hynes and Peter Balkwill.
At the intersection of opera, song, and devised theatre, Sore is an exploration of the isolation created by our daily ambition and the need for human connection. It gives voice to a pervasive sense of loneliness during the greatest time of interconnectedness humanity has ever known, as well as a voice to the creative process itself.
April 7 at 12 p.m.
April 8 (evening performance - festival starts at 7:30 p.m.)

Staged Reading: Weather the Storm by Anna MacAlpine. Directed by Courtney Charnock.
The world of high seas, black flags and piracy is violent and unforgiving, often defined by revenge and the need to keep on living. But for the crew of Captain Jack Rackham, when push comes to shove, just how much can truly be sacrificed in the name of survival?
April 7 and 9 (evening performance - festival starts at 7:30 p.m.)