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Medium Theatre Company Rockets Colgate to Outer Space

By University Theater on October 3, 2016

Dani Solomon '13 in a desert crater taking a selfie on a promotional poster for ONE WAY RED

On October 6, the Medium Theatre Company offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to journey to the surface of the Red Planet in a special performance of ONE WAY RED, sponsored by the Colgate University Arts Council, the Department of Theater, and the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Lucky for audiences, this Mars is conveniently located on the Colgate campus. ONE WAY RED is an interdisciplinary work of science fiction in the Atrium of the Ho Science Center. The show will be performed on October 6 at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free.

The Mediums’ ONE WAY RED is a meditation on why we look to other planets to solve our earthbound problems. Based on accounts of applicants to join Mars One, a real-life non-profit dedicated to establishing the first human colony (and reality TV show) on Mars, ONE WAY RED is a solo journey from a bedroom floor in Waltham, MA to the surface of the Red Planet. ONE WAY RED follows the story of a young woman, played by Dani Solomon ’13, willing to put faith in a mission with an improbable chance for success. Our anti-heroine, awash in a vast desert of empty Netflix sleeves, broadcasts her reality TV confessionals back to Earth in monologues, folk songs, and movement.

“Mars holds a lot of space in today’s collective conversation, from NASA’s plans to visit Mars in the 2030s and Mars One looking to colonize the planet before them,”says Solomon, lead artist and performer. “Are we taking another giant leap for mankind? Are we running away from Earth? Or is it both?”

ONE WAY RED is co-created and directed by Mason Rosenthal, with Morgan Fitzpatrick Andrews as lead designer. Together, Solomon, Rosenthal, and Andrews make up the Medium Theatre Company.

Nick Gillette ’06 and Dani Solomon ’13 featured on WHYY

By University Theater on September 7, 2016
Dani Solomon '13 in what looks like an extraterrestrial crater with a laptop nearby

Dani Solomon ’13 in One Way Red

Colgate Theater Department alumnae Nick Gillette ’06 and Dani Solomon ’13 were recently featured on the WHYY radio program News Works Tonight (audio starts at 15:14) as the next generation of experimental theater artists in Philadelphia.

Both Gillette and Solomon have remained closely connected to Colgate. Gillette’s company Almanac Dance Theater brought their piece Communitas to campus as Christian A. Johnson Artists-in-Residence in the spring semester of 2016, and Solomon will perform her solo show One Way Red at Colgate this October.

Audition for Amy Herzog’s Belleville

By University Theater on August 25, 2016

Torso of slender man in skinny jeans, photo flipped sidewahysYoung Americans Zack and Abby have the perfect expatriate life in Paris: a funky bohemian apartment in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Belleville; a stable marriage; and Zack’s noble mission to fight pediatric AIDS. But when Abby finds Zack at home one afternoon when he’s supposed to be at work, the questions and answers that follow shake the foundation of their seemingly beautiful life.

Directed by Adrian Giurgea

Open auditions, all welcome, no experience necessary

August 30-31 and September 1, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Brehmer Theater, Dana Arts Center

Theater Department welcome letter to Class of 2020

By Jason Kammerdiener on August 25, 2016

Dear class of 2020,
What does it mean to study theater in college?  In his Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, published for the first time in 1550, Giorgio Vasari tells the story of Michelangelo’s most beautiful statue. Piero de’ Medici, the ruler of Florence asked the sculptor to make in his courtyard a statue of snow. Of course, the statue vanished without a trace. It survives only as the memory of something fleeting, unrepeatable, fragile, and unique.

This is the story of theater, the only art form that is not reproducible, the only art form that is made from the immaterial substance of our dreams. If life exists, theater exists. If theater didn’t exist, then life wouldn’t exist, either.

Here, in its transitory and brief identity, resides theater’s particular strength, to express complex truths with visual and verbal clarity. At Colgate, in our Theater Department, we teach theater by making theater. The lesson of theater is not a theoretical one but a human idea of theater, which is a poetic art, the art of equilibrium, the metaphor of our life. Because, in the end, you are the transitory substance from which theater is made–you and your sense of adventure, your imagination, your curiosity, your hunger for knowledge. What we, our teachers offer in return, is dialog in creative conduit and our desire to explore and reimagine great works of art as mirrors for your generation.


Adrian Giurgea
Professor and Chair, Department of Theater

A Map of Virtue: Not Your Typical Play

By University Theater on April 11, 2016

Elizabeth Hein ’18 of the Colgate Maroon-News recently published the review below titled “A Map of Virtue: Not Your Typical Play.”

A Map of Virtue (MAP) pushes the boundaries of theater by combining plot with interviews and a birdsong, punctuated by the sound of birds and the beating of a drum. The play is broken into fourteen parallel acts, starting at one and moving to seven until descending back to one again. The combination of the innovative structure and the variety of forms of theater created a unique narrative about interactions with evil.


Why Theater Majors Are Vital in the Digital Age

By University Theater on April 11, 2016

Tracey Moore of the Chronicle of Higher Education recently published the commentary piece below titled “Why Theater Majors Are Vital in the Digital Age.”

The study of theater has always been a slightly odd fit with higher education. Theater’s departmental needs are so different from the norm: Where other programs require smart classrooms, desks, and Wi-Fi, we seek vast, empty spaces with sprung wood floors and natural light. The inner life of a chemistry major should not affect the outcome of an assignment; for theater majors, the inner life is the assignment.


Theater and philosophy as tickets to a tech career?

By University Theater on March 7, 2016

According to a recent article in Forbes Magazine, liberal arts degrees have become a “hot ticket” among technology start-ups, in Silicon Valley and beyond.  The article profiles Slack Technologies, a business-to-business software developer, which employs a theater major as its editorial director and a philosophy major as its CEO.

Innovation requires creativity, and as Forbes reports, “creativity can’t be programmed.” Slack Technologies is one of a growing number of software firms that have discovered that “liberal arts thinking makes them stronger.”

Christina (Poppy) Liu ’13 stars in world premiere of The Gambler

By University Theater on February 15, 2016

Christina Liu '13 on stage with another actor

Christina (Poppy) Liu ’13 recently starred in an off off Broadway production of Glyn Maxwell’s new play The Gambler, based on the eponymous novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Dostoyevsky suffered from a roulette addiction, and The Gambler is one of his funniest and most autobiographical works. Maxwell adapted The Gambler for Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, an award-winning company known for its groundbreaking presentations of both new and classic plays.

Since graduating from Colgate less than three years ago, Liu has also performed with the Drunk Shakespeare Society (earning a write-up in The New Yorker), and the original play she wrote for her senior thesis, This is not a Play about Sex, is still being performed at Colgate.

Continue to follow the theater careers of Liu and other recent alums on the Colgate Theater Newsfeed.

Auditions for University Theater’s Spring Production

By Brandon Gardner '19 on November 19, 2015


Sunday, 11/29 from 7-10pm


A Map of Virtue image of an Owl

A Map of Virtue, by Erin Courtney, is an Obbie award winning new American play. It is a strange changeling: a play, a poem, a bird song, a movement of exchange, intimacy, terror, love and longing.

Looking for students interested in digging into a new American play and ALL are welcome, no experience necessary.

Just have a short piece of text memorized or work off a provided slide from the play audition.

rsvp to Professor Sweeney: sasweeney@colgate.edu

Upcoming performance: KISS

By University Theater on November 4, 2015

KISS PosterColgate University Theater will be performing KISS, by Guillermo Calderon, in Brehmer Theater on the Colgate campus.

November 11-14: 7:00p.m.
November 15: 1:00 p.m.

Director: Adrian Giurgea


  • Grant Rosen ’17
  • Dana Slosar ’16
  • Leo Stouros ’16
  • Julia Zschiesche ’17

Sets: Marjorie Kellogg

Costumes: Elizabeth Marino ’16

Lights: Noel Nichols

Admission: Free