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Department of Theater

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Theater at Swarthmore

Swarthmore's Theater Department is an educational and artistic laboratory—a place for testing the talents and intellect of students and faculty alike.

At Swarthmore, we combine a rigorous liberal arts education with the practical exploration of performance. We continually seek new working relationships between the academy and the professional theater and build bridges between the American theater and our international colleagues.

Our department encourages students to fully engage each other, our faculty, master artists, other disciplines and cultures, and ultimately the world beyond Swarthmore—while simultaneously nourishing each student's individual talents and aspirations.

The (24 Hour) Bald Soprano


A performance marathon/experiment and an ecstatic and foolish attempt to make meaning in a meaningless world. Swarthmore's Department of Theater Acting Capstone 2019 presents THE BALD SOPRANO (trans. Allen), the classic absurdist play performed in the most absurd way we could imagine -- 24 times in 24 hours.

Starting at 8:00 p.m. on Friday March 1st and ending at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday March 2nd, six performers will continuously repeat, non-stop, every hour on the hour, Eugene Ionesco’s iconic and genre-defining “anti-play” about British norms. Performed in the Swarthmore College Lang Performing Art Center’s Frear Ensemble Theater, audiences are welcome to stop by any time and witness these six actors transform the performance of a play into an uncompromising experiment in human endurance and the (possibly futile) ways we try to make sense of our world.

This event is free and open to the public without advance reservations. For further information, contact Jean Tierno at or (610) 328-8149.

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See what is available without prerequisites. Additional information on course schedules for upcoming semesters is available online and on the bulletin boards outside the Theater Department Office (LPAC 013) and in the Academic Catalog . Please direct any further questions to Jean Tierno, Administrative Assistant for the Theater Department at x8149 or This information is subject to change.

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