HWS Theatre Announces 2020-2021 Season – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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HWS Theatre Announces 2020-2021 Season

How do you plan a theatre season when gathering in an enclosed space is dangerous to artists and audiences? You take the show on the road, over the airwaves, or onto screens! HWS Theatre announces their 2020-2021 season of resilience and innovation.

The season opens…outside! Associate Professor of Theatre Chris Hatch and a small team of students and designers will create a family-friendly, Vaudeville-inspired, 30-40 minute, outdoor touring show. At the height of the Federal Theatre Project (part of the Works Progress Administration), the Caravan Theatre program brought mobile stages to neighborhoods all over New York City. HWS Theatre will bring its new mobile stage to various locations on campus to showcase some of the classic comic skits from the heyday of the Vaudeville era. Performances will take place at various outdoor locations so all can safely social distance while still enjoying live theatre. Bring your masks and your funny bones and enjoy our fall HWS Theatre offering outdoors! Performances will take place in early October (specific dates and times will be announced as we get closer). Auditions will be held on Friday, Aug. 28. For more information about auditions, please contact Hatch (hatch@hws.edu).

The HWS Theatre 2020-2021 season continues with Supernatural Saunter: The Spirit(s) of William Smith, directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Chris Woodworth. William Smith was not just the founder of William Smith College for Women, son of a prominent nursery family, and namesake of the Smith Opera House. He was also a practitioner of spiritualism, opening himself up as a conduit to communicate with the deceased. The winter production will take this little-known facet of Smith’s life as a jumping off point for an original, hybrid form of immersive, mobile, podcast theatre. Imagine a graphic novel in audio form in which each audience member becomes a character in the story and their surroundings become the set for the production. As they move across space, the mystery unfolds, offering options to choose different paths and thus, different endings. Auditions for Supernatural Saunter: The Spirit(s) of William Smith will be held in mid-October. Everyone involved in the production will participate in the creation of the script. The podcast will be released in early February, pending campus planning for spring 2021.

The 2020-2021 HWS Theatre season closes with Tone a Blind Eye directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Heather “H” May in spring 2021. Tone a Blind Eye explores the language of the body as metaphor for our current moment. This poetry-driven piece, written by members of the ensemble, will be performed with movement and an immersive, multi-layered audio description interpretation. Additional details regarding auditions and performance dates will be forthcoming, in concert with campus planning for spring 2021.

Ed Hallborg returns for his fourth season as Resident Designer/Technical Director. Kelly Walker returns for an eighth season as HWS Theatre Resident Sound Designer. Katharine Tarkulich returns as HWS Theatre Costume Designer for a second season.

To learn more about the upcoming season as well as other exciting happenings in the Theatre Department, all members of the HWS community are invited to an HWS Theatre Ice Cream Social (Distance), pre-registration is required. Participants can register for one of the small-group, in-person, masked meetings in McDonald Theatre or a Zoom-only option. For more information, contact Woodworth (cwoodworth@hws.edu or 315-781-4581). To learn more about the Theatre Department visit: http://www.hws.edu/academics/theatre/ or follow them on Facebook or Instagram: HWS Theatre.