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THOM PAIN (based on nothing) by Will Eno
Starring Scott Lipman ’18
Directed by Tom Robertshaw ’19
“Samuel Beckett for the John Stewart generation…To sum up the more or less indescribable: THOM PAIN is at bottom a surreal meditation on the empty promises life makes, the way experience never lives up to the weird and awesome fact of being. But also, in its odd, bewitching beauty, an affirmation of life’s worth…a small masterpiece.” —NY Times.
In the Blood, by Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Terah Ehigiator ’18
In this modern day riff on The Scarlet Letter, Hester La Negrita, a homeless mother of five, lives with her kids on the tough streets of the inner city. Her eldest child is teaching her how to read and write, but the letter “A” is, so far, the only letter she knows. While Hester’s kids fill her life with joy—lovingly comical moments amid the harsh world of poverty—the adults with whom she comes into contact only hold her back. (Samuel French)
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by William Finn ’74
Directed by Evelyn Mahon ’18
An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. (MTI)
When can I audition for these exciting productions, or get involved with the production in other ways (like working on the design team, stage managing, and other fun roles)?
We’ll keep you posted on audition dates, as well as opportunities to get involved aside from acting! Just stay tuned to this website, and to our Facebook page!
These productions sound exciting, but I’ve never done anything theater-related. Can I still participate?
Absolutely! We’re always thrilled to see new actors auditioning, regardless of if they have any experience. And we’re even more thrilled to teach anyone who wants to learn about everything else that goes into a production, so if you’re interested in a more technical/behind-the-scenes job but don’t have experience, we’re also very excited to have you!
Those jobs include: working on the design team (a design team usually consists of a set designer, lighting designer, sound designer, costume designer, and props master, although the team changes depending on the needs of the production), working as a stage manager (or assistant stage manager) to keep everything running smoothly and to keep everyone sane, going to work calls to help build the set for a production…and lots more! We’ll announce these opportunities as they arise, but if you want to get involved but don’t quite know what you want to do, feel free to reach out to our Production team, Carol (ca3) and Jack (jjr5)!
What else is in store for Cap & Bells this season?
Tons! Aside from our three main productions, we already have some exciting works planned for our workshop and reading series, which will be announced in the fall. We can’t wait to share everything we’re working on with you!