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“When We Were Young and Unafraid”: Student-directed play rekindles the spirit of ’70s feminism

“When We Were Young and Unafraid”: Student-directed play rekindles the spirit of ’70s feminism

BY ELLA WHITE ’22

The play by Sarah Treem takes place in the 1970s, specifically in the weeks leading up to the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade, and is set in a safe house for abused women looking to escape unhealthy relationships. Agnes, who runs the safe house with her daughter, Penny, takes in a woman named Mary Anne, who changes their monotonous lives when she encourages Penny to flirt and wear dresses, setting a precedent in the household

“The Importance of Being Earnest” still a relevant classic

“The Importance of Being Earnest” still a relevant classic

BY SABRYNA COPPOLA ’22

The Department of Theatre Arts presented “The Importance of Being Earnest” last weekend with spectacular success, drawing huge audiences. A classic by Oscar Wilde, the play is a biting and witty satire of Victorian society.

Cobb’s “American Moor”: Playing Othello in the 21st century

Cobb’s “American Moor”: Playing Othello in the 21st century

BY MIRANDA WHEELER ’19

Award-winning actor and playwright Keith Hamilton Cobb has accumulated a variety of impressive credits over the course of his screen and stage career, but none quite like “American Moor.” The self-written and largely self-performed play explores Cobb’s relationship as a black man in America to Shakespeare’s tragic protagonist Othello.

Yue Opera performers at MHC

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Chinese Yue Opera stars Qi Tao (L) and Jun’An Wang (R) performed scenes at Mount Holyoke last week.

BY RENN ELKINS ’20 AND HEALY MILLER ’19

Mount Holyoke’s Rooke Theatre hosted a performance of Chinese Yue Opera scenes featuring award-winning actors Jun’an Wang and Qi Tao on Friday, Oct. 26. Wang and Tao flew in from China specially for this event and performed three scenes from the classic operas “Liu Yi Delivers a Letter for the Dragon King’s Daughter,” and “Searching for and Probing the Wife,” featuring full costume, makeup and choreography.

Glaspell’s Trifles at Rooke Theatre

Glaspell’s Trifles at Rooke Theatre

BY MIRANDA WHEELER ’19

“Well, women are used to worrying over trifles,” said Mr. Hale, played by Kylie Levy ’21 in last week’s production of Susan Glaspell’s 1916 one-act play “Trifles,” directed by Brianna Sloane. With set design by technical director Shawn Hill, lighting design by Lara Dubin, costume design by Elizabeth Lowe ’19 and dramaturgy from Heidi Holder, the one-act play opened Rooke Theatre’s Fall 2018 season.

Review: “Cabaret” is more relevant than ever

Review: “Cabaret” is more relevant than ever

BY AHLIA DUNN '20

The Mount Holyoke theatre arts department’s spring season continues with a bang with the production of Masteroff’s “Cabaret,” directed by Noah Tuleja. The musical, set in 1931 Berlin, explores the lives of patrons of the Kit Kat Klub before the rise of the Nazis.