Suffolk Theatre Department Announces 2018-19 Season

Showcasing student playwrights, actors, directors—and an original faculty play with puppets

Fall Showcase

A festival of student-written and directed one-act plays

Thursday, Oct. 11, through Sunday, Oct. 14, Sullivan Studio Theatre, Sawyer Building, 11th floor

  • Paciencia: Patience, hope, and family drive Latino immigrants to find a better life in America. Written & directed by Adriana Alvarez, Class of 2019.
  • wild, alone: Welcome to beautiful, gothic New England. Discover the difference between an urban legend and a full-blown haunting. Written & directed by Ali Maynard Class of 2019.
  • Talk to Me like the Rain and Let Me Listen: Two lovers struggle to escape from their relentless cycle of giving comfort and inflicting pain. By Tennessee Williams, directed by Micaleen Rodgers Class of 2020 with Amanda LoCoco, Class of 2019.

Spotlight Performances

A yearlong series of new student work in development

Sullivan Studio Theatre, Sawyer Building, 11th floor

  • Friday, Oct. 5: Not My Cup of Tea—The universe says WHOOPS and tells me, “Sorry - no can do!” Now what? Written & directed by Kaleigh Ryan, Class of 2020.
  • Friday, Nov. 2: Twice Upon a Self—A family’s wounds across generations: “I see scars on my face. But why can no one else see them? They see what I want them to see.” Written & directed by Peter Teutsch, Class of 2020.
  • Friday, Dec. 7: Two Girls, One Cigarette—The Great Depression: To survive grueling poverty, two sisters master the art of the con. But the con goes deeper than they can ever imagine. Written and directed by Amanda Hackney, Class of 2020.

Loss of Breath...

Thursday, Nov. 15, through Sunday, Nov. 18, Modern Theatre, 525 Washington St.

Loss of Breath: The Unfinished Life and Death of Edgar Allen Poe draws from Poe’s stories and biography to invent a fantastical world between life and death. The Theatre Department is collaborating with the Puppet Showplace Theater to create puppets and masks to depict the characters. The play focuses on Poe, his mother, spouse, Annabel Lee, ghosts and other ghastly beings…and a middle-school English teacher from Indiana. Written and directed by Professor Wesley Savick, with puppet creation by The Puppet Showplace Theater and scenic design by Professor Richard Wadsworth Chambers.

Spring Showcase

A festival of student-written and directed one-act plays, Thursday, Feb. 7, through Sunday, Feb.-10, Sullivan Studio Theatre, Sawyer Building, 11th floor

  • This Is NOT a Comedy—Even though the playwright is mired in obscurity and no one has ever read his plays, he struggles to be remembered. Written & directed by Kane Harper, Class of 2019.
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare—It takes a woman to be a king. Adapted & directed by Blair Bogle, Class of 2019.
  • Studio 602—How many actors does it take to save a sitcom? The studio may never know. Written & directed by Justin Peavey, Class of 2020, and Ma’chel Martin, Class of 2020.

Spotlight Performances

A yearlong series of new student work in development

Sullivan Studio Theatre, Sawyer Building, 11th floor

  • Friday, Feb. 15: It Takes a Village—The Prince is coming to visit…high alert! The townsfolk will do whatever it takes to make Celine look good to get her out of their proverbial hair. By Joey Lyons and Joseph Zappulla, music by Brendan Hickey, lyrics by Josie Long and Deniz Demirkurt, directed by Grace Libby, Class of 2019.
  • Friday, March 22: Sala Do Szycia (Sewing Room)—What happens to someone cut through by the harrowing knife of war? Based on accounts from the Warsaw uprising of 1944. Written and directed by Rory Lambert-Wright, Class of 2019.
  • Friday, April 12: Sam Deans, Class of 2019 will direct, with details to be announced at a later date.


Thursday, April 4, through Sunday, April-7, Modern Theatre, 525 Washington St.

This 2018 Pulitzer-Prize finalist is an adaptation of, The Summoning of Everyman, a 15th-century morality play about how to achieve salvation. Death informs Everybody: It’s time to die. After some negotiation, Death permits Everybody to bring someone along for company. Everybody asks Good Deeds, Kindred, Fellowship, Love, and others to join in the plunge into the wormy grave. By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by guest artist Anna Kohler.

Mary’s Monsters

April dates TBA, Sullivan Studio Theatre, Sawyer Building, 11th floor

To create the monster that will become legend, Mary Shelley confronts demons of her own past. By Ingrid Oslund, Class of 2014, directed by Sara Kerr, Class of 2019. 

A concert reading of a classic Broadway musical

May date TBA, Modern Theatre, 525 Washington St.

Directed by Marilyn Plotkins with musical direction by Scott Nicholas.  


Rosalind Beauchemin
Theatre Department
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Greg Gatlin
Office of Public Affairs
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