By Abby Wargo
A new semester brings new theatrical performances to Washington College. This spring, there will be one professor-directed show, three student-directed senior theses, and one student acting thesis.
Professor of Drama and Director of Gibson Center for the Arts Dale Daigle will be directing “The Cripple of Inishmaan” by Martin McDonagh from March 1 to 3.
The show, set off the coast of Ireland in 1934, is a dark comedy that utilizes traditional Irish storytelling, according to the department webpage. When a documentary about life on the islands is being filmed nearby, young Cripple Billy jumps at the chance to be involved.
Senior Mark Christie is directing “Stop Kiss” by Diana Son for his capstone March 30 and 31.
Christie described “Stop Kiss” as, “an adorable play” that deals with a love story between two women.
“When these two women eventually meet,” Christie said, “they share a kiss that changes their lives. Moving through time, ‘Stop Kiss’ examines the growth and evolution of a relationship and how it impacts those around them.”
Senior Sofia Sidhu’s directing thesis, “Shakuntala” by Kalidasa, translated by Arthur Ryder, and adapted by Sidhu, will be April 6 and 7.
“Shakuntala” is an ancient Indian myth about lost and found love. Two lovers, Shakuntala and King Dushyanta, are separated by a series of unfortunate events, and must cope with this while retaining hope that they may one day find each other again, Sidhu said.
Senior Megan Iacona is directing “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” by Kristoffer Diaz from April 20 to 21.
“I’m excited to start the new year by diving straight into my project,” Iacona said.
“The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” is about the world of a professional wrestling corporation. It follows Mace, a corporate wrestling worker, who is frustrated with how management treats the art form he loves.
“This play is a dramatic comedy that handles themes of geopolitics, racism, greed, and fighting for what you believe in with a multicultural cast,” Iacona said.
Senior Nate Krimmel is performing the only acting thesis of the year in “The Elephant Man” by Bernard Pomerance. It will take place from April 27 to 28.
“The Elephant Man” is based on the life of John Merrick, a man in nineteenth-century London who earns a living as a freak in side shows. He is admitted to a hospital where Dr. Frederick Treves attempts to educate and socialize Merrick into polite society, according to the department webpage.
The theater department will hold auditions for the spring thesis productions beginning today and through Saturday, Jan. 27.