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Skidmore Theater Presents: Dancing at Lughnasa

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
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Skidmore Theater presents “Dancing at Lughnasa,” directed by Marie Glozbatch, and co-starring Bean Boots and leggings.

The Skidmore Theater Department has announced its Fall 2014 black box production, Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa, directed by Marie Glotzbach. (Yeah, that would be Phil’s wife.)

Dancing at Lughnasa explores the fragile harmony among five grown sisters in rural northern Ireland in 1936 juxtaposed against the realities of political and religious shifts and the oncoming industrial revolution. Reflected through the memory of Michael, the illegitimate son of one of the sisters, playwright Brian Friel reveals undercurrents of desire and longing, which he interweaves with motifs of music, dancing, and a traditional pagan festival. Cutting between Michael’s adult and seven-year-old selves, Friel takes us back to the Ireland of Michael’s childhood and tries to come to terms with the changes in both family dynamics and Irish culture. On this gauzy screen of memory, caring family ties and nostalgia filter together like a pattern of light and shading in a woodland glen.

The show runs from October 16 to October 22, and all shows—with the exception of the Sunday Matinee on the 18th—start at 8:00pm. It looks like everything’s sold out except for the 20th, the 21st, and the 22nd, so you probably want to hop on that pretty soon if you’re interested.

You can call the Skidmore Theater Box Office at (518) 580-5439 or email them at For online ticketing refer to Skidmore College Theater on Facebook or the Theater Department’s website. Tickets are $12 general admission and $8 for students and senior.

That seems a little on the steep side, but the department usually does pretty solid work, so you should take a couple bucks out of your coffee fund and treat yourself to a night of theater. Theater majors probably seem pretty culty and Greeky at points, and there’s a 85% chance you’ve gotten kicked out one of their parties at some point in your time at Skidmore (at least they don’t hand out flyers to freshmen, though) but the department’s pretty well-known and produces good people like that dude from The Walking Dead. So this just might be your chance to say you knew that one recurring TV show character way back when.

Skidmore Theater Presents: Virginia Woolf’s Orlando

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013


Beginning this Friday, the Skidmore Theater Department will present its Spring black box presentation, an adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando, “a journey of self-discovery as Orlando lives as a duke, a duchess, a lover, an ambassador, a wife, and a poet. This play lovingly asks us to embrace who we are at any moment, and challenges us to imagine who we may become next.”  The play is adapted by Sarah Ruhl and directed by seniors Jeremy Ohringer and Kathryn Rickman, with set and costume design by Julia Bilbao and Nicole Dancel (also seniors).

Tickets are $8 for students and seniors and $12 for general admission. For reservations, call (518) 580-5439 or email

Friday March 1, 8pm
Saturday March 2, 2pm
Saturday March 2, 8pm
Sunday March 3, 2pm
Monday March 4, 8pm
Tuesday March 5, 8pm
Wednesday March 6, 8pm

Seeing Dog Sees God

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
By Tucker Costello ’12

If you haven’t gone to see the Theater Departments Black Box production of Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead by Bert V. Royal and brilliantly directed by Margaret Smith (’12) you’re missing out. No really, I know people say that shit all the time– but I’m not people. This play is powerful. In case you don’t know, the show looks at the high school days of Charles Schultz’s Peanuts characters and deals with some huge questions and issues, like sexuality, death, life after death, and whether a caterpillar can wish hard enough to emerge from its chrysalis as a platypus.

The real beauty of the Dog Sees God is the way the cast and crew has elevated the space and the performance above the material. Everyone in the cast produces fantastic moments, bringing their characters to life not only as grown up versions of iconic and wise elementary schoolchildren but as people we all know; those we love and those we love to hate. Helped by consultations with clubs and orgs like Skidmore Pride Alliance and The Center for Sex and Gender as well as local high school students and counselors the play resonates with so much of the recent issues we have begun dealing with on campus and across the country; not the least of which are drugs, bullying and complacency. As audience members, sitting on all sides, backlit and forced to confront each other and these characters, Dog Sees God asks us what it means to take action (good or bad) and what it means when we see action being taken but stand by, silent.

The last night of the play is tonight at 8:00pm and despite the fact that tickets have been sold out for a week you can still get on the wait list (i.e. you should); a lot of waitlisted people got in to see last night’s performance and you won’t regret it.