THRESHOLD: MFA in Theatre Arts Final Project Festival: April 28-May 7, 2016
Directed and created by Kevin G Becker, Digital design: Chaz Krivan
The Hammersmith Bridge, 1913. In the moonlight we see a shadowy figure walk to the railing. His breath can be seen in the cold night air. He stares at the Thames as the water rolls under the bridge…The incredible story and mystery of the Doves Type Press is the backdrop for a compelling look at theatre and media. With emergent technologies rapidly changing our world, Transmedia theatre is developing in the liminal space between analog & digital realities. One Letter at a Time offers the opportunity to observe and reflect on each of the elements analog, mixed media and transmedia theatre have to offer. Find out what it is that you are drawn to in each of these three types of theatre
Conceived and directed by Zach Trebino
Created by Zach Trebino and Jenni Messner
story of my eye is a vaudevillian meta-pageant, a saturnalia of excessive grotesquery that occasionally dips its toe into pseudo-sincerity, a self-conscious romp into taboo and human animality that's equal parts art performance, reality television, game shows, and bad pornography all filtered through the aura of a discarded VHS tape. (Recommended for mature audiences.)
Director / writer: Rebekah Lane
Ensemble: Yakima Rich, Liam Watkins, Kasper Cergol
Untitled #52 is an inquiry into mindfulness. What is mindfulness? What does it promise that is absent from American life? Together, we explore these questions through images, sounds, and moments. This movement performance will slow down time while you indulge in your personal interpretation of mindfulness.
Written and directed by Sarah Bourne
Starring Alexandra Press
Puppet and scenic design by Sarah Bourne and Bridget Lindsay
The Broken Clock is told through the memories and mementos of a girl. Watch as she brings objects and books to life to give us a window into her dreams, and her choices. Time bends as she takes us on her journey through her world of found objects and light.
This is a 40 minute solo puppet show for an intergenerational audience.
Conceived and performed by Rachel Thomas-Levy
Outside Eye: Erinn Hartley, with JD Sivert as The Portal
This Bride-To-Be is anxious to make your acquaintance. Join her while she throws her own bridal shower to tune of Appalachian ballads, awkward laughter and stifling silence. Autobiographical narrative, Americana, and bridal traditions collide in this interactive, solo performance. Won’t you invite yourself in?
Performer/Creator: Corey Hennessey
Music Composers: Derek Vaughan Brown, Jeremy "Jerz" Durkin, Andrew McVey, Virtual Performer: Caitlin Rife
404 is your favorite mixtape fashioned through a single very anxious and easily distracted performer navigating a projected reality, while considering everything and nothing in its assemblage.
April 16 - April 18, 2015
Created and directed by Leah Englund
Marie does not clearly remember who she is. She's afraid that she is not a good person. The world around her is burned and barren, and she isn't sure if it's her fault. Prophets, soothsayers and gossips help her find her way. This fanciful journey is inspired by Rothko paintings and T.S. Elliot's the Wasteland.
March 26 - March 29, 2015
Created and directed by Deirdre McAllister
DRIFT is the final Thesis Production conceived by Deirdre McAllister, MFA in Theatre candidate at Towson University. The project will connect Towson students with individuals from the Man Alive Treatment Center to generate material inspired by elements of recovery. Through interviews, improvisation and collaborative writing exercises, the ensemble will empower each other to explore and celebrate new coping strategies and supportive artistic relationships. The script we create together will be performed in the basement of the center the weekend of March 26-29, 2015. For more information, visit:
October 31 - November 1, 2014
Created and performed by Trustina Fafa Sabah
In this physical theater piece Trustina Fafa Sabah recounts and explores her experiences in the States and how those experiences have affected her life and consciousness as a Ghanaian abroad and as an artist. Sabah uses movement, dance, music, projections, shadow puppetry and text to take her audience through her unique journey of surprises, lessons, homesickness, heartbreak, artistic discovery, growth and happiness . She invites her audience to remember and celebrate their own precious times both home and away, what they have cherished and lost. Sabah is collaborating with fellow MFA alumnae and theater artists Sarah Lloyd and Susan Stroupe in the creation of this project.
January 30 - February 1, 2014
Conceived and curated by amy Kronzer
Altar/Alter is the final project of the THEA 271 Immersive Performance course at Towson University. Drawing inspiration from ritual and play, Altar/Alter weaves together unconventional materials, text, and altered states of consciousness to create altars of performer/audience interaction. The result will be a mind-altering, immersive experience where audiences will be encouraged to participate in the live construction of the performance by various forms of interaction.
Written and directed by Rowen Haigh
THE SADNESS OF SMALL CAKES explores the shifting identities, roles, and memories of three men who are each others' only company. As they struggle to subsist in an absurd and precarious landscape where language loses its meaning and time changes shape without warning, personal connections and kindnesses become essential survival skills.
December 6 - December 15, 2012
Written and direvted by Lola Pierson
At St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Baltimore
A hilarious and touching rumination on work, love, ambition, obsession, ants, and the atomic bomb. Directed by by Ms. Pierson, with original music by Alex Scally of the Baltimore-based band, Beach House.
Co-produced with Acme Corporation
December 6 - December 15, 2012
A new play conceived an created by Joseph Ritsch
performed by Joseph Ritsch and Will Manning
In the summer of 1991, a hideous killing spree ended with the arrest and conviction of a reclusive Milwaukee chocolate factory worker. With Apartment 213, movement theatre artist Joseph Ritsch takes us into this infamous home via a dream-like world, where time and space have no boundaries. A world where light, sound, video, dance, spoken, sung and recorded text collide to journey us through the nightmare inside the thoughts and emotions of a so-called "monster". Apartment 213 received one of 5 fellowships at the prestigious WordBRIDGE Playwrights Lab Summer 2010. A co-production between Iron Crow Theatre the Towson University MFA Theatre Program
A story told in three mediums.
Conceived and directed by Jenette Isaacson.
Featuring Sarah Lloyd, Andrea Crnkovic, Adam Brody, and Jenette Isaacson.
Adapted from the novella Fup by Jim Dodge
Adapted and crafted by Caroline Reck
Featuring Temple Crocker, Ben King, Sarah Lloyd, Julia M. Smith, Susan Stroupe, and the Bald Mountain Band.
One storyteller, five Bluegrass musicians, and six puppeteers recount in FupDuck the tale of: A cantankerous octogenarian named Jake, his hulking grandson, Tiny, their ornery pet duck, Fup, and a crafty wild boar (who may or may not be) the reincarnation of Grandaddy Jake’s old Indian friend, Seven Moons Johnny. Witty, raunchy, and full of transcendent charm, this tale captivated audiences ages twelve to one-hundred-and-twelve.
Presented by Glass Half Full Theatre in partnership with Towson University MFA in Theatre.
by Raúl Hernández Garrido
Translated by David Gregory
Directed by David Gregory and Julia M. Smith
In the last century alone, Spain has seen a Civil War, dictatorship, transition to a parliamentary monarchy, and the recent creation of a new constitution. The transition to a democracy in the last few decades has created a surge in new theatre movements by new playwrights, putting major cities like Madrid and Barcelona on par with international theatre capitals like New York. Spanish theatre is more than just Lorca.
As the focus of his final project, MFA student David Gregory undertook the first English translation and production of Los Engranajes (The Gears) by contemporary Spanish playwright Raul Hernandez Garrido.The Gears is loosely based on the true story of a couple accused of a heinous crime and the series of events, relationships, and disturbing history that led to those unspeakable acts.
Presented by Teatro101 in partnership with the Towson University MFA Program in Theatre Arts.
When songwriter/playwright Michael Todd moved from Fairbanks, Alaska to New York City, he started writing ((( Lost in ElectroLand ))). "I was living in a tent on the side of a hill: no computer, no cell phone, and no connection to Western civilization. Two weeks later I'm drinking peppermint mocha lattes in a crowded subway, caring whether my shirt had buttons or snaps! I had never seen the hook of advertising and the pull of lifestyle obsession so clearly. I had to write a show about it. And I had to get out of New York."
Todd patched together original songs and a dense sound and video design to re-imagine J.M. Barrie's Neverland as a lifestyle-obsessed corporation where lost boys and girls grow up. "The Captain hooks us with advertising. And we all grow up. I grew up in ElectroLand for sure. You did too."
((( Lost in ElectroLand ))) was a live music-based production centered around the story of a hilariously tragic young man, Peter Pippin. It featured a live band, a fully integrated sound and video design, and the song-stylings of three burlesque-reminiscent lady-robots who were more than happy to give you a Twinkie or a tap dance. A story concert for the paranoid at heart.
Beyond the Simple Present captured some of the true experiences Maggie Cleland's students have encountered as immigrants' adapting to life in the U.S. The play recounts their stories as they learn English and reshape their identities in a new country. The idea for creating a theatre piece about adult ESL students came to Cleland during her first week of teaching at Arlington Education and Employment Program (REEP), in 2003. She was moved by the students’ experiences, some of which were amusing, and some heartbreaking.
Cleland left REEP in 2005 to pursue her MFA at Towson. While there, she learned about community-based theatre and found a way for her two callings, ESL and theatre, to coexist. With the support of the REEP Program and Towson University, Cleland embarked on a seven-month project with 16 REEP students to collect, develop, script, and perform the personal stories of REEP students. Under Cleland’s direction, their work — Beyond the Simple Present — was performed for over 400 community members at the Kenmore Black Box in Arlington, Va.
Watch a clip from Beyond the Simple Present