I'm Alive You Bastards And I Always Will Be

by Roxie Perkins

"You can't Give A Monster a Funeral"

Stuck in the middle of nowhere, with a abusive mother, a manipulative best friend, and the rotting corpse of a dog, something ugly is brewing inside of Lang Deidre Collins. She may try to be good, but when two ancient women come to wreak havoc, Lang finds it harder and harder to resist the urge to be bad. As her anger begins to spill over and an hideous power is invoked, Lang must decide whether the freedom to be wrathful is worth the cost of a normal life. A reverse bildungsroman of terrifying proportions,  I'M ALIVE YOU BASTARDS AND I ALWAYS WILL BEby Roxie Perkins, asks us if there will ever be a place in the world for angry, wicked little girls. 

You Can't Take It With You

by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart

"A Cat can look at a king can't he?"

A snake enthusiast, a pyrotechnician, a confectioner, and a xylophonist; these are just a few of the brilliant, but slightly odd members of the Sycamore family. They live in a house populated by their extensive creative projects and varied pursuits,  and everyone with an open heart and a will to create is welcome to stay as long as they wish. It seems as if the Sycamores have created the perfect artist’s haven, but Alice, the youngest daughter, sees her family as forgetful, erratic, and distracted. The slight tinge of creative madness that affects most of her family has bypassed Alice, and when she falls in love with the son of a prominent Wall Street businessman, she fears her mercurial relatives will undo her chances at living a normal life.  Whimsy and tradition collide in You Can’t Take It With You, a madcap comedy written by Moss Hart and George S Kaufman that asks us to question the conventional and embrace the mayhem of an unusual family.          

Emilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight

by Lauren Gunderson

"The hope of my heart..."

In a miracle of time and space, a brilliant mind sparks back into life from the shadowy recesses of forgotten history…

Emilie La Marquise du Châtelet- french courtier, avid philosopher, and revolutionary physicist- returns nearly three hundred years after her death to answer the question she died with:  “What matters? What lasts?” In a whirlwind of physics and memory Émilie will relive her greatest triumphs and examine her deepest regrets, all the while pitting love against philosophy in a bid to quantify the importance of each.  Based on the real life of an exceptional individual, Lauren Gunderson’s Émilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight follows the sumptuous recollections of a scientist as she attempts to define her legacy, her love, and her life.             

Wildwood Park
by Doug wright
"If given the Chance to see Evil, I would look..."

Underneath the beautiful exterior of Wildwood Park’s largest manor house is a gruesome and tragic history that seems to whisper it’s horrors from the walls. Mr. Havilland, a frayed real estate agent, is charged with the task of selling this marred house while also protecting it from the prying eyes of a voyeuristic public. However, his job as keeper is becoming more and more difficult to stomach and his mental stability is beginning to crumble. Enter Dr. Simian, a charismatic young man who is willing to look past the grisly backstory of the house and turn it into a home again. However, as Mr. Havilland tours him around house, he begins to suspect Dr. Simian’s intentions may not be so transparent…

Wildwood Park, a one act play by Doug Wright, explores the psychology of evil and what acts of violence we are willing to accept in the name of self-preservation.

Hearing Aid
by Pete Barry
"Battery's Dead."
"Is he? I knew he'd come to no good."

This basic misunderstanding is what sets the ball rolling in Pete Barry’s Hearing Aid. From here the miscommunications only get more absurd as an old married couple struggles to reconnect after their mutual hearing loss has put strain upon their marriage. Equal parts hilarious and touching, Hearing Aid shows us that its never too late to fall in love again.

Radium Girls
by DW Gregory
"So Much Light..."

I assistant-directed Bucknell University's Fall Mainstage, Radium Girls, under the mentorship of  Professor Anjalee Deshpande Hutchinson.

 

Radium Girls is based on the real life court case that unfolded around a group of women employed as dial painters who were slowly poisoned by radium in the paint they used. 

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