Production Ensemble 2018
For our Fall 2018 production in November, the Department of Theater will present MARIE ANTOINETTE by David Adjmi.
This class includes rehearsal of a full-length work for public performance with a faculty director: including ensemble-building techniques, improvisation, and using the audience as part of the given circumstances. Required for all course and honors majors in acting, directing, and dramaturgy; also required for course minors in acting, directing, and dramaturgy.
MARIE ANTOINETTE will focus on an exciting, modern telling of the life and times of the infamous queen of France. Directed by Jill Harrison-Snyder, this contemporary take portrays the young queen as "a confection created by a society that values extravagance and artifice" (https://www.samuelfrench.com/p/15165/marie-antoinette). As revolution brews and the public sours on the celebrity royals, the story holds a mirror up to our own world, where entertainment is valued above morals.
Professor Jill Harrison-Snyder is a freelance theatre director, producer, professor, and founder + executive director of Directors Gathering (DG), a start-up non-profit that develops and elevates Philadelphia theatre directors. Professor Harrison-Snyder was recently visiting faculty at Villanova University, where she taught graduate directing and undergraduate acting, and directed Anne Washburn's Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play. Professor Harrison-Snyder has directed and developed over 30 new plays at such theaters as Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, Williamstown Theatre Festival, ENO/MET, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Simpatico Theatre, and most recently continued development of Alessandra Most's Refrigerator Mother at Philadelphia Women Theatre Festival. MFA Directing: Temple University. SDC Associate.