skidmore theater living newsletter


Playwright’s Lab #3: Brecht In An Ending World; How By Design Takes Epic Drama Into its Own Hands

Madeline Munding ’22 explores the Brechtian influences on “By Design,” our third and final Playwright’s Lab of the semester.

Studio Lab #3: The Thanksgiving Play

Staff writer Maggie McGuire ’24 covers “The Thanksgiving Play,” directed by Hannah Gross ’21, and explains how the play uses ironic humor to point out real issues in both the theater world and in the way the story of Thanksgiving is taught to children.

Studio Lab #2: “The Danube”

Emily Zeller ’22 recounts the run of “The Danube,” directed by Hanna Yurfest ’21, and the innovative way in which connection was created through lights and shadows.

Playwright’s Lab #2: “The Fascists of the Future” by Catie LeCours ’22

STLN’s coverage of the Playwright’s Lab “The Fascists of the Future” by Catie LeCours ’22 highlights the magic of site-specific theater and the fun of [communist] tea parties.

Studio Lab #1: “I Talk to the Flowers”

Madeline Munding ’22 takes us on a journey into the minds of important female authors in her recap of the first studio lab of the semester: “I Talk to Flowers.”

Playwright’s Lab #1: “Everything Everywhere” by Zachary Troyanovsky ’21

Check out Emily Zeller ’22’s coverage of the first Playwright’s Lab of the season, “Everything, Everywhere,” an exploration into memory and growing up by Zachary Troyanovsky ’21.

New Works Lab Fall 2020: Our Trip to San Marino

Check out Maggie McGuire ’24’s coverage of the Fall 2020 New Works Lab “Our Trip to San Marino,” a jam-packed road trip comedy written and directed by Joe Newman-Getzler ’21.

Sweat Zoom Reading

A bit of insight into Skidmore Artist-in-Residence John Michael DiResta’s Zoom reading of “Sweat” by Lynn Nottage.

Summer Spotlights 2020

The fourth installment of STLN’s Summer Spotlights is here and this time, there’s a twist! How did Skidmore students continue to create art and persevere during the largely virtual COVID summer? Find out here through their own personal accounts.

Spring ’20 Mainstage: Radium Girls

“Radium Girls” is a dramatization of a tragic historical event. Meg Gray ’22 examines how this play captures what happens when labor rights, scientific breakthroughs, and patriarchal institutions collide.

Studio Lab #1: The Gulf

In our first of three student-directed Studio Labs this semester, Hannah Gross ’21 looks at a failing relationship written by Audrey Cefaly. Staff writer Carrie Baker ’20 examines the eroticism and power dynamics represented on stage.

Glow Time: Researching and Creating the World of Radium Girls

Joe Newman-Getzler walks us through the dramaturgy and historical research that has gone into the Spring Mainstage, “Radium Girls” directed by Rebecca Marzalek-Kelly.

Dancing and Devising: A Look Back on Fall Semester 2019

Skidmore students have many opportunities to experience new ways of thinking about theater thanks to visiting artists that come to campus every semester and hold workshops that allow students to collaborate and expand their understanding of art. As we look ahead to the exciting experiences this semester holds, let us also look back on previous […]

Fall Study Abroad Spotlights

With the beginning of a new semester, some familiar faces have returned to campus after participating in study abroad programs. In this article, we hear from three students who each had different, but equally rewarding experiences.

A Sociological Perspective on Theater

Sociology major Esther Hibbs talks about how her main field of study has informed her work in the Skidmore Theater Deparment as a hair designer, House Manager, and dramaturge.

Mainstage Fall ’19: The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other

What does a play with no dialogue and over 400 characters look like? Bizarre, spectacular, and eye-opening, is director Phil Soltanoff’s answer.

Intertextuality in Mud: An Understanding of the Light Motif

In the fearless spirit of the cast, crew, and creative staff of Mud, we too must “beat on” against the patriarchy

“The Hour…” Director Phil Soltanoff on Naïve Theater, the Grand Canyon, and Agonizing Existential Dilemmas

Nick Leonard ’20 interviews the director of this semester’s Mainstage production, Peter Handke’s “The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other” for a perspective on his process for this unusual play.

 

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