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Hollins University
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Roanoke, VA 24020-1603
(540) 362-6575
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Summer 2015 Events

(open to the public)

Playwright's Lab at Hollins in collaboration with the Mill Mountain Theatre will offer a guest speakers series. All the talks are free and open to the public, hosted on the Waldron Stage of Mill Mountain Theatre, 20 Church Avenue, S.E., downtown Roanoke. (http://www.millmountain.org).

Jessica Litwak
June 29, 7:30 p.m.

Jessica Litwak, MFA, RDT, is the Artistic Director of The H.E.A.T. Collective (www.heatcollective.org) an organization dedicated to Healing, Education, Activism and Theatre, and the New Generation Theatre Ensemble, a theatre for youth (www.ngte.org) Litwak’s work has been published by Applause Books, Smith and Krause, and The New York Times. Plays include: Emma Goldman: Love Anarchy and Other Affairs directed by Anne Bogart. A Pirate’s Lullaby, The Oregon Book Award, produced in Portland, at Rattlestick Theater and at The Goodman Theatre. The Promised Land, commissioned by The National Federation of Jewish Culture, was produced in Budapest. Secret Agents and Victory Dance were produced in Los Angeles at The Renberg Theatre, and the DR2 in New York. Terrible Virtue was developed by The Lark and The Culture Project, Wider Than The Sky at The Lark, UCONN and Epic Theatre. The Snake and The Falcon, and Nobody Is Sleeping (the second two installments of the Emma Goldman Trilogy) have developed by the Lark, and Serious Play! Her plays for youth GRIM, Postcards from Canterbury, The Great Journey Home, Verona High, War: An American Dream, and The Moons Of Jupiter written and directed by Litwak, have been produced in New York and Massachusetts. Litwak has taught at San Francisco State University, the Theatre Academy at Los Angeles City College, Stella Adler Academy, Marymount Manhattan College, Columbia, NYU and Lesley University. She conducts workshops around the world in Peacebuilding and Performance for Acting Together On the World Stage. Litwak is on the steering committee of Theatre Without Borders (TWB) and co-leads Artist Distress Services for freeDimensional. She is currently a Visiting Professor in the MFA Program at Naropa University.

July 6, 7:30 p.m.
Marya Sea Kaminski
July 13, 7:30 p.m.

Marya Sea Kaminski is an actress, writer and solo performer. On stage, she’s recently premiered an original solo rock musical, Riddled, for Richard Hugo House in Seattle and appeared as Brooke Wyeth in Other Desert Cities at ACT with Pamela Reed and Kevin Tighe (directed by Victor Pappas), as well as the title role in Hedda Gabler and The Nurse in Romeo and Juliet at Intiman Theatre, Betsy/Lindsay in Clybourne Park at the Seattle Repertory Theatre and as a member of the ensemble for a staged reading of Robert Schenkkan’s award-winning new play All the Way in the Seattle Rep’s New Play Festival. Other favorite roles include: Janet in Dan Savage’s Miracle! at Intiman, the title role in Electra for Seattle Shakespeare Company; Hedda Gabler in Washington Ensemble Theatre’s original adaptation titled BlahblahblahBANG! for On the Boards; the titular role in the regional premiere of My Name is Rachel Corrie and the esteemed mural painter in Tina Landau’s The Time of Your Life at the Seattle Rep. She’s performed her original solo work at PS 122 in New York, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Myrna Loy Center in Helena MT, Bumbershoot and On the Boards in Seattle, and on subway platforms across lower Manhattan. Her writing has been featured in The New York Theatre Review, Seattle City Arts Magazine, Rivet Magazine, msn.com/Womanity and KNOCK. On screen, Marya has played principal roles in the feature films Dichotomy by Funkbuddha Productions, Waxie Moon in the Fallen Jewel with Wes Hurley, and Pacific Aggression directed by Shaun Scott (upcoming). Marya has been awarded the Genius Award in Theater from The Stranger, Artist of the Year from Seattle Magazine, the Seattle Gregory Award for Outstanding Actress, Best Local Stage Actor and Best Performing Artist by the readers of the Seattle Weekly, as well as multiple City Artist Awards from the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs. A founding member and co-artistic director of the Washington Ensemble Theatre from 2004-2008, Marya directed the regional premieres of Adam Rapp’s Finer Noble Gases and Jordan Harrison’s Museum Play, performed as the former First Lady in the national premiere of Jane Martin’s Laura’s Bush (Seattle Times Footlight Award, 2004) and as M in Sarah Kane’s Crave, and served as Literary Manager for the development of new and original works including Stephanie Timm’s Crumbs are also Bread and Paul Mullin’s The Ten Thousand Things. Marya holds a BA in English and Theatre Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and an Acting MFA from the University of Washington. Currently, she teaches Acting at Cornish College of the Arts, where she has been honored with the Drama Department’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

July 20, 7:30 p.m.
July 27, 7:30 p.m.


Productions and Special Events

No Shame Theatre
No Shame Theatre is an experiential performance lab where writers, performers and audience are constantly changing roles. Anything can happen and usually does in this late night venue for original work. We take the first 15 pieces to walk in the door and there are only three rules: pieces must be original (no copyright violations), short (five minutes or less), and not break anything (including the law). Inside those rules you can do pretty much anything you're interested in trying in front of a live audience--plays, monologues, songs, dance, poetry, mime, juggling, comedy, tragedy, improvisation, dada, magic--we've even seen people do floral arrangements! Pieces are accepted starting at 10:00 p.m., doors open at 10:30 p.m., and the show starts at 11 p.m. running on average an hour and a half. All seats $5; Mill Mountain Theatre's Waldron Stage, 20 Church Avenue S.E., Roanoke.
Every Friday night at 11:00 p.m.

Local Unified Auditions
Area actors, directors, our student playwrights, and representatives of several local theatres gather over the weekend for auditions. Actors who audition are entered into our database and can be contacted to be readers or performers in our summer events, as well as readings and productions throughout the year. Mill Mountain Theatre, Gamut Theatre, Showtimers, Attic Productions and other groups are invited to participate. Auditioners should prepare a monologue from a contemporary play and, if desired, a song.
Upstairs Studio Theatre, Hollins University
June 28-29, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Email osactors@gmail.com to sign up for a 10-minute slot over the weekend.

Overnight Sensations
Since 2006 we've partnered with Mill Mountain Theatre to present our version of the 24-Hour Plays. On Friday night six playwrights are randomly paired with six directors, then randomly draw from a hat a variety of writing prompts and a pre-selected cast of local actors. Before 8 a.m. the next morning they have to write a 10-minute play. They meet with their directors over a continental breakfast on Saturday morning and make any last minute changes before the actors arrive at 11 a.m. and the play begins rehearsal. When 8 p.m. rolls around, and the audience are in their seats, the show begins! Always a packed house, always free, and always lots of fun for everyone! Video promo from 2012 »
Trinkle Main Stage, Mill Mountain Theatre
July 12, 8:00 p.m.

Hollins Festival of New Works
Each summer at the end of July, we present a three-day event showcasing ten readings of student work from the Playwright's Lab. These readings are minimally staged for the general public and close to a dozen guest professional responders from all over the globe. This year's guest responders include publishers, arts administrators, playwrights, actors, directors and even a producer of Broadway musicals! These guest responders are coming from as far away as Los Angeles and as close as downtown Roanoke. Get acquainted with these plays and playwrights before they are famous, and engage in a conversation about theatre with our students, faculty, and some established theatre professionals.
All readings are free and open to the general public.
Mill Mountain Theatre's Waldron Stage, 20 Church Avenue S.E., Roanoke
July 24, 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
July 25, 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 8:00 p.m.
July 26, 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 8:00 p.m.

Confirmed and invited guest responders for 2015 include: Art Borreca, John Bergman, John Patrick Bray, Jonathan Dorf, Kirsten Fitzgerald, Megan Gogerty, Bonnie Metzgar, Ed Sayles, Dwayne Yancey.

Guests and events may be subject to change, due to unexpected difficulties in scheduling. Please check this Web page frequently for updated information. For questions, contact the director, Todd Ristau, at (540) 556-5396 or tristau@hollins.edu.