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2019-2020 Season

Jump! The 24th Annual First Year Show

October 3 – 5 | Hepburn Zoo

Come celebrate the theatrical talent of Middlebury students in this fully student-written-designed-and-performed event!

An evening of scenes exploring the risks and rewards of taking your first or last step.

Directed by Julia Proctor 06.5


The Bacchae 2.1 by Charles Mee

The Bacchae 2.1

October 31 - November 2 | Seeler Studio Theatre

In this update of a classic Greek play, Dionysus, son of the god Zeus and the mortal woman Semele, comes to Thebes where the city’s ruler, Pentheus, refuses to acknowledge him as a god. In this poetic quilt-like piece, composed in the way that Max Ernst made his Fatagaga pieces at the end of World War I, Mee draws from many sources to create a modern adaptation of striking images of obscenity and beauty.

Directed by Michole Biancosino.

Airswimming by Charlotte Jones

November 14 – 16 | Hepburn Zoo

AIRSWIMMING is based on the true story of two women (Miss Kitson and Miss Baker), who have been incarcerated in a hospital for the "criminally insane" for having borne illegitimate children. Forgotten by their families and not released until the 1970's, Dora and Persephone adopt alter-egos, Dorph and Porph, to enact their fantasies and survive the silence of incarceration.

Senior 700 work by Madeline Ciocci in acting.

ONE FLEA SPARE by Naomi Wallace

The Triumph of Death by Pieter Bruegel the ElderNovember 21 – 23, 7:30 pm | Wright Memorial Theatre

Check out this video about the play

London. 1665. The Plague Year. As the city spirals toward disaster, a wealthy couple, Mr. and Mrs. Snelgrave, remains under quarantine inside two rooms of their lavish home. In the middle of the night two strangers sneak into the house: a mysterious sailor and a young girl. From now on, contained within the claustrophobic space of their confinement, the Snelgraves and their guests exist in an unexpected and uncomfortable intimacy. If outside the plague wreaks havoc, inside the central conflict is one of class. Who is master and who is servant when social barriers crumble? Which bodies are abused? Which desired? A dark, poetic and fiercely humorous play, One Flea Spare feels like an ultimatum for the present moment.

Directed by Claudio Medeiros.

21st Century Theatre Festival

Watch the Festival Recap

21st Century Theatre Festival is a theatre series dedicated to bringing new works by diverse theatre artists from NYC and Chicago to Middlebury, Vermont, hosted by Associate Professor of Theatre, Claudio Medeiros and Assistant Professor of Theatre, Michole Biancosino.  For a full list of performances go here.

The Gun Show

Friday, January 10 and Saturday, January 11, 7:30pm | Seeler Studio Theatre

Get Tickets here

Award-winning playwright E.M. Lewis asks: “Can we have a conversation about this?” From a farming community in rural Oregon to the big cities of L.A. and New York, Lewis tells the story of America’s relationship with guns through the prism of her own personal experiences. Performed by Andrew Smith ’97.5

The Pussy Grabber Plays

Tuesday, January 21, 7:30pm | Seeler Studio Theatre

Free: Suggested Donation at the door to benefit WomanSafe

Seven Trump accusers take the stage creating exquisite, unexpected windows into the lives of women who were previously reduced to a single trauma. Plays by Julia Brownell, Sam Chanse, Halley Feifer, Sharon Kenny, Melissa Li, Natasha Stoynoff, Bess Wohl, Anna Ziegler, Sharyn Rothstein. Co-created by Kate Pines '03 and Sharyn Rothstein. Directed by Cheryl Faraone 

The Infinite Wrench by the NY Neo-Futurists

Saturday, February 22, 7:30pm | McCullough Student Center


A mix of sport, poetry, and current events, "The Infinite Wrench" is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different, be it funny, profound, elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or a song. With new plays every week, this is the Neo-Futurists’ ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to audiences including those unreached or unmoved by traditional theater. It's fun, ever-changing, edgy, hip, and totally created for this moment right now. Cosponsored and with an opening act by Middlebury Discount Comedy.

Mrs. Macbeth

Friday, March 6, 7pm | Mahaney Arts Center, Room 232


Now the center of the action, and accompanied by the three witches, Mrs. Macbeth struggles to understand the full scope of her responsibility in her husband’s actions. A work that explores the complexity inherent in being a woman in power and the relationship between power and responsibility. By Griselda Gambaro. Translated by Claudio Medeiros and Maria Alessandra Woolson.


Saturday, March 7, 7:30pm | Wright Memorial Theatre

Tickets: $15 general public/Free for students, staff, and faculty

Racism. Hate crimes. Love. Islam. Culture. Language. Life.

Five Muslim women in a post-9/11 world serve tea and uncover what lies beneath the veil in this critically acclaimed one woman play. Written and performed by Rohina Malik.

This event is cosponsored by the Charles P. Scott Center, Middle East Studies, and the Center for Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity.

Art by Yasmina Reza

POSTPONED until further notice | Mahaney Arts Center, Seeler Theatre

How much would you pay for a blank canvas? Would it matter who the artist was? Would it be art? In Yasmina Reza's Tony and Olivier Award-winning play, three friends argue over the value of an expensive painting, and quickly lines are drawn that put their relationships to the test. This play asks bigger questions about how much truth and honesty we really think we can handle.

Directed by Alex Draper '88.

JULIUS CAESAR by William Shakespeare.

If you missed the performance, you can view the recording HERE

And here is the recording of the talkback with the director, cast and crew.

May 4 | Virtual Performance, free

A visceral, politically urgent thriller. Shakespeare’s study of ideology, power and populism - performed with no togas.

Directed by Cheryl Faraone

The program can be found HERE

Department of Theatre

Mahaney Arts Center
72 Porter Field Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753