The Theatre Department is planning on having five plays during this quarter. Starting this week, The Mountaintop, a co-production of Face Off Theatre, part of the Black Arts & Cultural Center, and Festival Playhouse Diversity Guest Artist Series, will be performed from January 14-17. The play will provide a reimagination of the night before the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. After receiving some surprising news, Dr. King is forced to confront his legacy to his people. There will be a talkback after this show on January 15.
Later in the quarter, from February 25-28, the main stage play will be Bad Jews, directed by Ed Menta. One of the main reasons that this play was chosen, Menta said, is that “most of our audience at Kalamazoo College is not Jewish. That’s absolutely why we need to do the play here.”
In order to increase awareness about this identity as accurately as possible, they are also working with the Jewish Studies program. Overall, the play is about four Jewish Americans struggling to define themselves in today’s world. There will be a talkback after this show on February 25.
On February 11-14, Family Crimes, a play written and directed by Belinda McCauley K’12, will be presented. This play is very personal to Belinda.
“(It is) inspired by women in my family, and those are stories that I think deserve to be told,” McCauley said.
Her other main reason for wanting to present this play is to tell a story about oppression. This play will be a one act play about three generations of Latina women who made sacrifices in their pasts, leading to long held secrets or “crimes.” There will be a talkback after this show on February 12.
On February 5-6, The Test, directed by Madalyn Grau K’16, will be presented at the New Play Festival. This will be a 10-minute play and focuses on the story of two men waiting for the results of some unknown test.
The last show of the quarter, Sketch-a-etch, a sketch comedy by Katie Lee K’16, will be presented from March 4-5. This show will be a Second City style comedy revue show, which means that it is made of long and short sketches, parodies, and songs that Katie Lee and her ensemble will write. What makes Sketch-a-etch different from other comedy revue shows is that it will be made from improvisation work and scenes that they will be doing in rehearsal. She learned this process for creating a sketch show while studying away at the Second City.
“I believe that this sort of show is the perfect mix of what the Theatre Department and Monkapult do here at K…,” Lee said. “My goal is to highlight to audiences how comedy and satire are generally good for the soul and that comedy is more than just entertainment, but a means of making serious political and social statements as well.”