Associate Professor of Theatre Chris Woodworth is kicking off her sabbatical in Durham, N.C., directing a production of Nick Payne’s award-winning play “Constellations.”
Working with the Bartlett Theater — a professional theatre company based in Durham, unrelated to the Colleges’ venue of the same name — Woodworth is also serving as dramaturg for the production, advising the cast and crew as she interprets and explicates the script leading up to the premiere.
Exploring the intricacies of both science and romance, “Constellations” centers on the relationship between Marianne, a cosmologist, and Roland, a beekeeper, as it unfolds through an array of vignettes detailing the possible trajectories in which their love can progress. Defying the boundaries of what we believe to be true of our world and the people in it, “Constellations” raises challenging questions about the connection between love, choice and destiny.
Performances will run Thursdays through Sundays, March 7 through March 24. Visit Bartlett Theater for schedule and ticket information.
Meanwhile, Woodworth’s most recent scholarship, exploring the intersection of the U.S. and U.K. suffrage movements, was published in Theatre History Studies in December. In “‘Equal Rights by All Means!’: Beatrice Forbes-Robertson’s 1910 Suffrage Matinee and the Onstage Junction of the US and UK Franchise Movements,” Woodworth highlights a “turning point in the US suffrage campaign” that arose out of “the eclectic series of performances at the 1910 suffrage matinee [in the Maxine Elliott Theatre in New York City].” In examining those performances, Woodworth argues that the U.S. and U.K. suffrage movements “became intertwined onstage, laying the foundation for future transatlantic transfers of activists, artists, texts, and tactics.”
Woodworth, who is affiliated with the Colleges’ Women’s studies and American studies programs, joined the HWS faculty in 2013, teaching courses exploring theatre history, African American theatre, feminist theatre and criticism. She holds a Ph.D. in theatre from Bowling Green State University, an M.A. from Indiana University, and a B.A. from St. Lawrence University. Previously, she was a member of the faculty at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and Lock Haven University. Her co-edited book, Working in the Wings: New Perspectives on Theatre History and Labor, was published in 2015. Her scholarship has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Theatre Symposium, Theatre History Studies, Theatre Annual, as well as several anthologies. Her criticism has appeared widely in national journals. Her extensive work as a director includes professional, community and youth theatre productions, many in the Geneva area. She is a full member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
In the photo above, Associate Professor of Theatre Chris Woodworth (center) poses for a photo with the cast and part of the production team for Nick Payne’s award-winning play “Constellations.”