2021 - 2022 Season

Past Events

October 7 – 9 | Hepburn Zoo
7:30pm each evening and 10pm on Friday

The 26th Annual First Year Show 

The 26th Annual First Year Show will feature select works from Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks's 365 Days/365 Plays. Each short play has its own story line, but are connected through similar themes of love, politics, and the pursuit of human connection.

Directed by Ro Boddie

October 28 – 30 | Seeler Studio Theatre
7:30pm each evening and 2pm on Saturday

Orphan Muses

by Michel Marc Bouchard

1965. A house on top of a hill. An isolated village in Québec, Canada. Three sisters and their brother are reunited for the first time in many years. The reason for the reunion: the imminent return of their mother, who abandoned them twenty years earlier, leaving the town in the amorous arms of her Spanish lover.  After her departure, the older siblings rewrote the family history to protect Isabelle, who was seven-years old at the time.  Fantasy replaced reality. But today, as the orphans await the mother’s return, Isabelle will demand to know the truth. A tragicomedy about loss, family secrets, love, and the power of the imagination.

Directed by Claudio Medeiros

November 11 – 13 | Hepburn Zoo
7:30pm each evening, including 2:00pm on Saturday

No One is Forgotten

by Winter Miller

Lali and Beng are held captive. They don't know for how long or if anyone is looking for them. Playwright Winter Miller writes a story about intimacy, surrender, and the will to live. Starring Meili Huang '23 and Gabrielle Martin '21.5. 

Content warning: depictions and references to violence and self-harm

Gabriella Martin’s 700 work in acting and Madison Middleton’s 500 work in directing

November 18 – 20 | Hepburn Zoo
7:30 each evening, including 10:00 on Saturday

Gidion’s Knot

by Johnna Adams

Over the course of a parent-teacher conference, a grieving mother and an emotionally unsteady elementary school teacher have a volatile interaction about the tragic suicide of the mother’s son, Gidion. As his story is slowly uncovered, the women deal with feelings of guilt and shock, culminating in a conclusion that neither want to face. This project is the final performance of Ryan Kirby's 500 Independent Project in directing. Performed by Peyton Mader ('24) and Sara Massey ('23). Directed by Ryan Kirby ('22).  Sponsored by the Theatre Department. Tickets available at the box office or at go/knot. 

CONTENT WARNING: Deals with themes of suicide, child neglect, rape, and death. These themes are not taken lightly, and we encourage thoughtful discussion about them.

Ryan Kirby’s 500 work in directing

December 2- 4 | Wright Memorial Theatre
7:30pm each evening

She Kills Monsters

by Qui Nguyen

This fantastical comedy about the power of imagination takes us to Athens, Ohio in 1995 where we meet Agnes Evans, an “average” young woman who wishes her life was less boring. That wish opens the door to a world of adventure as Agnes discovers that her teenage sister Tilly has led a double life as Tillius the Paladin, Dungeons & Dragons healer of the wounded and the protector of lights! New Landia is unknown territory for Agnes, as is so much of Tilly’s too short life. Will Agnes cross the threshold to learn more about Tilly and herself? Will she take up the challenge to find and free the Lost Soul of Athens before it is devoured by the dark forces of darkness forever? Will the world ever embrace geeks not as outsiders but as awesome? Come find out!

The cast and crew of “She Kills Monsters” includes:

  • Bella Constantino-Carrigan ‘22 

  • Maggie Connolly ‘23 

  • Gibson Grimm ‘22

  • Francis Price ‘22 

  • Zack Maluccio ‘22.5

  • Devon Hunt ‘23

  • Brianna Beach ‘23

  • Annabelle Iredale ‘23.5

  • Naja Irvin-Conyers ‘24

  • Kristen Morgernstern ‘24

  • Charlie Porto ‘23

  • Katelyn Wenkoff ‘24

  • Victoria Keith ‘23

  • Andriiana Ilkiv ‘24

  • Johnny Gaston ‘24

  • Vivan Zagotta ‘24

The show is filled with lots of cool stuff but we must also let you know that homophobic content and actions are portrayed and there is some adult language. Please feel free to contact director Olga Sanchez Saltveit for more information: osanchezsaltveit@middlebury.edu 

Tickets are $15 for the general public; $10 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; $8 youth (under 21); and $5 for Middlebury College students. For tickets or information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://go.middlebury.edu/boxoffice. Vaccinations and face masks required.

Janaury 27–29 | Hepurn Zoo
7:00pm each evening and 2:00pm on Friday

Dry Land

by Ruby Rae Spiegel

Dry Land is a visceral portrait of two competitive high school swimmers, Amy and Esther, who are stuck in suburban Florida. Amy is pregnant, and she needs Esther’s help. A story of female beauty and cruelty, Speigel shows us the gritty depths of what young women resort to when they feel they don’t have any other choices.

Content Warning: Dry Land discusses miscarriage and unwanted pregnancy and contains a graphic scene depicting an induced abortion. It also includes physical violence, reference to self-harm and emotional and physical abuse, and homophobic and ableist slurs.

Becca Berlind's 700 work in acting.

February 25 at 7:00pm | CFA 232

Costume Showcase

Come enjoy what Middlebury College Students have been creating in the Costume Shop and on their own! This is an evening to showcase student work and inspire budding costume designers, technicians, fashion creators, and admirers of all things wearable! Open to Middlebury students, faculty, and staff.

March 11 – 12 | Seeler Theatre
Organizational Meeting at 8:00pm on Friday, Performance 8:00pm on Saturday 

We'll Name This Later: 24 Hour Play Festival

The Department of Theatre presents We’ll Name This Later! Seeking actors, directors, playwrights, stage managers, designers and technicians for We’ll Name This Later —a 24 Hour play festival! If you are interested in any of these roles and want to be part of a fast, furious, creative process—come to the Opening Ceremony of We’ll Name This Later!

Express your interest here.


Come watch what happens when playwrights, directors, actors, and designers get together to write, rehearse, and perform plays—all within 24 hours!

Limited capacity. Please arrive at 7:30 to get your place in line. Doors open at 7:45. Show at 8:00.

March 16 | Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103
4:30 pm

Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series: "In Extremis: The Theatre of Griselda Gambaro"

Cláudio Medeiros, Theatre Department, and Maria Alessandra Woolson, Romance Languages & Linguistics, University of Vermont

Why do we, as contemporary societies, continue to engage with oppressive systems of power, when history has demonstrated their enduring capacity for cruelty and destruction?  That is a central question in the work of Argentinian playwright Griselda Gambaro. Professors Maria Alessandra Woolson (University of Vermont) and Cláudio Medeiros (Middlebury College) have recently finished translating three of her plays.In “A Little Understanding Will Do,” “Relentless,” and “Mrs. Macbeth,” Gambaro challenges us to confront the dehumanizing legacy of colonialism, the toll of systemic violence on human nature, and the ongoing oppression of women under patriarchy. By presenting humanity “in extremis,” Gambaro’s theatre serves as a powerful tool for engaging the turbulent times we are living, both globally and in the United States.

In this lecture, Woolson and Medeiros will introduce Gambaro’s work, discuss their methodological approach to translating the playwright’s insistently polysemic and highly theatrical language, and demonstrate some of those challenges in a performance of a scene from one of the plays.

Vaccinations and masks required.

March 31 – April 2 | Hepburn Zoo

Dinner with Friends

By Donald Marguiles

In this contemporary age when couples befriend other couples to find family companions with common ground, Dinner with Friends seeks to explore what happens when one of these romantic pairs breaks down, and the waves that can make across households. 

Senior work in Acting: Wynn McClenahan, Francis Price & Gibson Grimm.
Intermediate independent work in directing for Caroline Armour.

April 14-16 | Hepburn Zoo

Botticelli in the Fire

By Jordan Tannahill

Queers take back history… and look damn hot while doing it. Botticelli in the Fire by Jordan Tannahill, senior thesis work of Ryan Kirby ‘22 and Madison Middleton ‘22.5, is an extravagant and edgy queering of Italian Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli and his iconic painting, The Birth of Venus. Tannahill creates a radical space where queers are no longer on the periphery of history but take center stage in a story that will leave you laughing, moaning, maybe even shedding a few tears. Featuring the Renaissance, 80s flair, and modern gay culture, this is college theatre as you’ve never seen it before. 

Get your tickets here.

Senior work in directing for Ryan Kirby, senior work in acting for Madison Middleton, and intermediate independent project in costume design for Katie Concannon.

April 21 – 23 | Hepburn Zoo

Ophelia Underwater

by Janielle Kastner

Ophelia had everything: the boyfriend, the plan, the dress. Her life was a comedy. Until it really, really wasn’t.
Set underwater in the mind of Hamlet’s forgotten, drowned heroine seconds after falling (or jumping?), Ophelia cross-examines her story, her existence, and most importantly - her ending. With the clock (literally) running out of time, Ophelia must decide how much she’s willing to pay to be the author of her own story.

Content Warning: depictions of and references to suicide and sexual violence. 
For information on suicide prevention, visit vtspc.org/resources/ or suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

Senior work for Bella Costantino-Carrigan in acting and cosumte design.
Intermediate independent project in directing for Meili Huang.

May 5 - 7 | Wright Memorial Theatre

Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play

by Anne Washburn

After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors share a campfire and begin to piece together the plot of The Simpsons episode "Cape Feare" entirely from memory. Seven years later, this and other snippets of pop culture (sitcom plots, commercials, jingles, and pop songs) have become the live entertainment of a post-apocalyptic society, sincerely trying to hold onto its past. Seventy-five years later, these are the myths and legends from which new forms of performance are created.

Directed by Alex Draper

Department of Theatre

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