Students from the Department of Theatre Arts participated in a performance of a new work devised by Professor Anita Gonzalez (Theatre Arts) at The Working Theatre in Manhattan in April. The Working Theatre sponsors the Directors Salon, an organization that provides directors a chance to showcase their work. The Salon selected the play Liverpool Trading <—> New York by Gonzalez, author and playwright Richard Aellen, and Annette Storckman ’12 (Creative Writing) to present in their annual season.
Stage Manager Sarah Appelbaum ’12 (Theatre Arts) helped to coordinate performances of the play with students Paul Boothroyd ’15 (Theatre Arts), Genevieve Bozek ’13 (Theatre Arts), Andrea Cesar ’15 (Black Studies), Adam Harrison ’14 (Theatre Arts), Brendan Quinn ’13 (Theatre Arts), and Dashawn Wilson ’14 (Black Studies). Rachel Townsend ’12 (Theatre Arts) designed the costumes for the presentation. Shiohan Reddy-Best, a junior at Vassar College, also participated in the performance.
Students worked closely with professional actors Antonio Disla and Ann Chris Warren to prepare for the devised play and participated in a weekend workshop with composer Tiye Giraud to develop songs for the show. Students were able to interact with working directors and actors at this new works forum and traveled to New York (with Theatre Arts Department sponsorship) several times to rehearse for the event. The production on April 21st gave students a “first glimpse” of the world of New York City performance.