Events & Performances

2021-2022

Photo Credit: Marc Campos

The May 14 performance of Into the Woods is SOLD OUT.
Occidental Theater and Performance Studies is excited to be back in person with live performances!

Events Calendar | New Works Festival | Into the Woods | Student Comprehensive Projects
A Madness Upon Us | Past Seasons | Directions to Keck Theater and Thorne Hall | Covid Policies 

Read about our senior's comprehensive projects in The Occidental

Fall 2021

Read about our return to live performances here.

Everybody

Written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Sarah Kozinn
Choreography by Diana Wyenn
Scenic Design by Susan Gratch
Costume Design by Laura McMillian
Lighting Design by Wesley Chew
Sound Design by John Zalewski
Stage Managed by Lindsay Cheng

November 4-6, 2021 at 7:30 pm and November 7, 2021 at 2 pm*

Join us November 5 for a post-show talk with director Sarah Kozinn and members of the cast.

In Keck Theater 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you knew you were going to die, what would you say about the life you lived? Everybody is a play about love. And death. And what happens, or might not happen, after. Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (AppropriateAn OctoroonGloriaNeighbors) twists a Medieval tale to explore what might happen in our final act.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Seize the King

Written and directed by Will Power
Scenic Design by Susan Gratch
Costume Design by Laura McMillian
Lighting Design by Wesley Chew
Sound Design by John Zalewski
Stage Managed by Eliza Fleming

November 18-20, 2021 at 7:30 pm and November 21, 2021 at 2 pm*

Join us November 20 for a post-show talk with director Will Power and members of the cast.

In Keck Theater 

Power. Lust. War. Peace? Follow the tyrannical yet charming Richard as he plots his way to the throne, with nothing in his path except those brave enough to block him. This provocative myth of greed and virtue reimagines Shakespeare's Richard III as an explosive, contemporary lyrical tale, hauntingly poetic and dramatically compelling. This production is sure to provoke your thoughts, and set your soul ablaze.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Theater & Performance Studies present

Fall Dance Concert

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 6:45pm in the Athletics Dance Studio
Admission is free but seating is limited
Oxy ID or proof of vaccination required for entry. Masks must be worn.
In adherence to county guidelines, the dancers will be unmasked while performing.
 
Featuring works by student choreographers
Mary Ferris, Janet Ji, Zoe Lorene, Laurie Roberge
and Dance Professor Francisco Martinez
 

Spring 2022

Into the Woods

The May 14 performance is SOLD OUT.
 
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Directed by Laural Meade
Music Direction by Désirée La Vertu
Choreographed by Shivani Thakkar
Intimacy Direction by Allison Bibicoff
Scenic Design by Susan Gratch
Costume Design by Laura McMillian
Lighting Design by Joey Guthman
Sound Design by John Zalewski
Stage Managed by Ella Raziel
 
Into the Woods
 
A Tony Award-winning masterpiece by musical theatre giants Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, Into the Woods is a witty and irreverent reimagining of classic fairytales. Rapunzel, Cinderella, Jack (of Beanstalk fame), Little Red Riding Hood, and a married couple of Bakers all wish for what they think will bring them happiness. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of chasing their desires haunt them with disastrous results. With a glittering score, nuanced lyrics and a heavy dose of beguiling theatricality, Into the Woods explores what happens after “happily ever after.”
 
April 21-24 at 7:30pm and May 14 at 8:30pm
 
 

Student Comprehensive Projects:

Read about our senior's comprehensive projects in The Occidental

A Land Unknown, Remembered.

Written, devised and directed by Noa Carlson 

A solo-performance in the style of verbatim, experimental, and promenade theatre, this show follows Noa as she discovers the forgotten ancestral and spiritual stories that connect her with the land of Fresno, California that lead her to find a greater sense of what home means through the comfort and community of her family and the natural world.

This production is in partial fulfillment of name's Noa's senior comprehensive project.

March 24 & 25 at 6pm in the FEAST Garden

Sometimes I Pretend

Written, devised, and performed by Natalya Nielsen

Sometimes I Pretend is a one woman show about the time you spend alone in your room, the imaginary people you can become, and the imaginary places you can visit in order to escape the real world. But what happens when being alone becomes lonely?

This production is in partial fulfillment of Natalya's senior comprehensive project.

March 24 & 26 at 8pm in Keck 208

Lyrical Escapism

Written and performed by Hilary Kang Oglesby
Directed by David Crab

How can we deal with the parts of our life that we are not prepared to face? Lyrical Escapism, written and performed by Hilary Kang Oglesby, is a love letter to music and performance. Using song and storytelling, this one woman show is equal parts concert, stand up, and deep 2am convo.

This production is in partial fulfillment of Hilary's senior comprehensive project.

March 25 & 27 at 8pm in Keck 208

What to Send Up When It Goes Down

Written by Aleshea Harris
Directed by Kamilah Cooper-Charles

What to Send Up When It Goes Down gathers a team of nine ensemble members to tell a story about anti-Blackness, grief, and communal healing. You won't want to miss this powerful production.

This production is in partial fulfillment of name's Kamilah's senior comprehensive project.

March 26 & 27 at 5pm at Remsen Bird Hillside Theater


A Madness Upon Us

Written by Ian McDougall
Directed by Queenie Ngo

Directed by Queenie Ngo and featuring an A-List cast (Kai Morfin, V Baldwin-Geilin, Ella Price, Ian McDougall, Queenie Ngo, and Christopher Kademoglou, with lighting design by Manny Rothman), this show puts an insane twist on the coming of age genre as love, mania, prophecy, and the apocalypse come raining down on a motley crew of Oklahoma youths! What’s real? What’s not? Will the world withstand? Find out this April! Seating is first-come-first-serve, house opens at 8:15pm. The show will run no more than an hour and a half, with no intermission.

This production is an independent student project.

April 1 & 2 at 8:30pm

Behind Keck Theater


Covid Policies:

*To ensure the safety of our audience, cast, crew and staff, our indoor productions will only admit vaccinated guests. Oxy community members must show their IDs, off-campus guests must present proof of vaccination.

The house opens 15-minutes prior to curtain. Because checking your Oxy ID or proof of vaccination takes time, please come early!

Masks must be worn at all times while inside the building. Actors will be unmasked only while performing onstage. Visit our Back to Oxy website for the most up to date information on our Covid policies.


Directions to Keck Theater & Thorne Hall

Click here for maps and directions. Keck Theater is building #30 on the printable campus map. From Campus Road, enter at the Bird Road entrance. From Bird Road, turn left onto Gilman Road. Turn right onto AG Coons Road, Keck Theater is on the left. Parking is located next to the theater in the first lot on the left. There is also street parking in front of the theater. Handicap parking available on either side of the theater.

Thorne Hall is #52 on the map. Parking is available on the street or at the visitor parking lot (#43). Handicap parking is available on Thorne Road next to the theater.

Click here for directions to Oxy Arts, located at 4757 York Boulevard (Los Angeles).


Prospective Theater Students Workshop 

Occidental College's Theater & Performance Studies Department is thrilled to offer our virtual and in-person workshop options for prospective Theater majors and minors.

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