Master of Letters and Master of Fine Arts candidates in Mary Baldwin University’s Shakespeare and Performance program will share their creative research and performance at the Blackfriars Playhouse. The Thesis Project Festival is a chance for the public to join with the Mary Baldwin community in hearing over twenty presentations which combine scholarship and stagecraft to explore the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The festival is formatted like a mini-conference with one block of scholarship Sunday evening and three blocks of scholarship on Monday with a break for lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and for dinner from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free and seating is open to the general public.
Presenters include: Amy Bolis, David Ashton, Liz Lodato, Kimberly Lenz, Aj Sclafani, Monica Cross, Clara Giebel, Brian Maxwell, Kimberly Maurice, Daniel Kennedy, Elizabeth Rentfro, Jared Fair, Dori Koogler, Stephanie Tchetter, Bobby Byers, Angelina Labarre, Jonathan Haas, Maria Hart, Michael Wagoner, Rachel Ratkowski, Jessi Maliki, Jarom Brown, and Jamie Weaver. Projects cover a range of topics including Hamlet adaptations, postcolonialism, censorship issues, stage directions, and Shakespeare and hip hop.
The festival begins on February 5, 2012 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and continues on February 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Blackfriars Playhouse, 10 South Market Street. For more information, please contact Amanda Allen, phone 540-887-7237.