Williams Theatre Department presents 'The Wolves'
Somewhere in suburban America, a girls' soccer team dribbles and scrimmages, their voices echoing off the high ceiling. They are claiming territory, cleats digging into the AstroTurf. This play is a shout; an all-female cast navigates the pitfalls and ferocious possibilities of adolescent womanhood. How do we speak our world into being? Director Shayok Misha Chowdhury, Arthur Levitt, Jr. '52 Artist-in-Residence, transforms the CenterStage into an indoor soccer field, with scenic design by John Rodriguez (Williams class of '18 ) and lighting design by Abigail Hoke Brady.
A post-performance "Talk Back" with the director will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11, and will also include Williams faculty members Kathryn Kent, professor and chair of English and Christina Simko, assistant professor of sociology. Performances are on Thursday, Nov. 9, to Saturday, Nov. 11, and Thursday, Nov. 16, to Saturday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. on the '62 Center's CenterStage, located at 1000 Main St. Tickets are $3 students.
Shayok Misha Chowdhury is a queer Bengali director and writer based in New York City. He is co-founder of The Lonely Painter Project, an interdisciplinary collaborative which looks to performance as the art of embodied inquiry. His work has been or is currently being developed at Soho Rep, Ars Nova, New York Theatre Workshop, SPACE on Ryder Farm, HERE Arts Center, the New York Musical Festival, the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, and the CATWALK institute. A Kundiman Fellow and recipient of awards from Fulbright and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Misha's writing has been published in The Cincinnati Review, TriQuarterly, Hayden's Ferry Review, Portland Review, Asian American Literary Review, Lantern Review, and elsewhere. He has co-authored four musicals with composer Laura Grill Jaye and was a vocalist on the Grammy-winning album Calling All Dawns. Misha has been a visiting artist at Stanford, Fordham, and Syracuse, and is currently a New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellow and the Levitt Artist-in-Residence at Williams College. MFA: Columbia University. www.shayokmishachowdhury.com
The Wolves cast: Isabel Benjamin '19; Valeria Baltodano `20; Maia Czaikowski '20; Caroline Fairweather '20; Maya Jasinska '21; Julia Joyce-Barry, member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors; Evelyn Mahon '18; Isabel Ouweleen '21; Julia Tucher '21; Harriet Weldon '19.
The Theatre Department works to develop in each student an understanding of theatre that is both broad and deep. Through creative expression and critical study, we challenge students to engage both contemporary and historical modes of performance. Theatre students make artworks through design, acting, directing, and dramaturgy. They are encouraged to experiment, to risk, and to make bold choices. Working collaboratively with faculty and guest artists, students integrate intellectual, physical, and emotional responses into an array of live performances each academic year.
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