Director Series performances are directed by our senior undergraduate directing students and our first and second year graduate students in The John Wells Directing Program. Director Series works offer audiences opportunities to experience the visions of the next generation of leaders as well as bold new perspectives on 21st century theatre-making.
These productions partially fulfill the educational requirements of the School of Drama's BFA and MFA programs.
Director Series Times
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8 pm
Tickets are free and will be available at the box at the box office ON THE DAY OF PERFORMANCE.
Directed and Translated by Margo Gray
October 1 – October 4
“How can I make you understand that time is a fiction, that there is no past and no future?”
When engineer Rein invents a time machine that transports her to the part of Moscow called Bliss in the year 2222, her troubles seem to be over. But this utopian world may not be as welcoming as it first seems. Experience this Soviet satire by the author of "The Master and Margarita".
Directed by Ian-Julian Williams
November 5 – November 7
How could I turn her down when she loved me like that? How could I turn away from her? We were completely whole.”
Set in a motel on the edge of the Mojave, Fool for Love chronicles the fierce love of Eddie and May, and their cycle of abandonment handed down from their ghostly father. Fool for Love tackles the mysteries of attraction, and how the heart wants what the heart wants, and there’s just no talking to it.
Directed by Alex Tobey
November 19 – November 21
Set on a farm near Mall Town, USA, MilkMilkLemonade is a queer exploration of childhood sexuality involving talking chickens, evil unborn twins, and sporadic dance numbers. It’s everyone’s favorite children’s play! (Not appropriate for children.)
Jean Genet, translated by Bernard Frechtman
Directed by Patrick Zakem
February 11 – February 14
Two maids, one mistress, one night, and many crimes. The Maids looks at how performance can be disruptive, challenging, and ultimately subversive. The literary legacy of Jean Genet collides with the music of the Velvet Underground in this fresh look at the 1947 French classic.
Directed by Ian-Julian Williams
February 18 – February 21
“If you do happen to stumble across a moral, well then this story is probably closer to you than you’d think and I’m not sure you’ll like that very much in the end.”
Wolves lurk in the city in this deconstruction of the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale. At least that’s what Ben believes. Things get messy when Jack, his ex, brings a gentleman called Wolf, back to their small apartment. Ben wants a story where love triumphs or the woodman kills the wolf and saves the day. Well, this isn’t that story.
Directed by Eleanor Bishop
March 25 – March 28
Steubenville examines the first rape in the U.S. to be live tweeted at a high school football party in rural Ohio in August 2012. Jane Doe pieces together clues from Instagram, Twitter and text messaging to find out what happened to her. This production tackles rape culture in America today by piecing together the clues through the prisms of documentary, musical theater, fiction and media.
Directed by Rachel Pustejovsky
April 8 – April 10
Two years since Fiona and Guy’s son disappeared, their case is days from being declared cold. Nothing in Fiona’s life makes any sense. Her son’s kidnapper will not leave her alone. Fiona relives her painful grief as she struggles to find answers to her agonizing dilemma.