Each term, the Dartmouth Department of Theater presents student-written, -designed, and/or -acted shows at the Hop. This April, two noteworthy student shows come to the Warner Bentley Theater, both of whose lives extend beyond Dartmouth–one has already received acclaim and adoration at New York’s Playwrights Horizons, and the other has been selected to be showcased at Solo Fest next Fall. Performances of both these shows are free, and no tickets are required.
An original work written and performed by Stephanie Everett ’19 It’s Fine, I’m Fine was developed last term as an independent study and is finally being opened to Hop audiences on Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, 8 pm. But the Hop is just a pit stop; the solo show, produced under the guidance of dramaturg Samantha Lazar, is on its way to New York’s prestigious United Solo Festival next fall.
Stephanie tells the story of a young soccer player’s life after she’s been knocked in the head for the third time. The chronic and traumatic brain injury results in isolation, pain and confusion. The story presents a window into the pains of modern-day adolescence, made increasingly difficult by the unseen repercussions of the concussions. Stephanie herself played Division 1 soccer for two years before cumulative mild concussions turned everyday life upside down. Make sure to experience this brave, vulnerable and timely one-woman show before it makes it way to bigger (and more expensive) stages!
The second Department of Theater production this April comes from the Department’s Studio Lab. Studio Lab provides theater students the space and resources to develop a new work, or to explore a work that is experimental in nature. For audiences, it presents the rare opportunity to witness a play’s development in process. This term’s Studio Lab performance is a staged reading of Clare Barron’s Dance Nation, directed by Naomi Agnew ’20 and Samantha West ’20 and stage managed by Millenah Nascimento ’20. The show takes place at the Warner Bentley Theater on Sunday, April 20 at 8 pm.
“I have seen the future, and it is Dance Nation,” writes the Washington Post. The Critic’s Pick for the New York Times, Dance Nation, like It’s Fine, I’m Fine, tells a story of female adolescence. Somewhere in America, an army of pre-teen competitive dancers plots to take over the world. And if their new routine is good enough, they’ll claw their way to the top at the Boogie Down Grand Prix in Tampa Bay. But in Clare Barron’s raucous pageant of ambition and ferocity, these young dancers have more than choreography on their minds, because every plié and jeté is a step toward finding themselves, and a fight to unleash their power.