Centre’s dramatic arts program highlighted in American Theatre Magazine

Posted by Centre News in Drama, News, Performing Arts 12 Oct 2017

farm theatreCentre College’s Dramatic Arts Program was recently featured in an article in American Theatre Magazine highlighting the Farm Theatre College Collaboration Program that the College has been a part of since 2014.

The article, “Giving new play development the college try” specifically highlights the Farm Theatre’s work with Micheline Auger’s play “Love 95 Times.” The play explores sexual assault on college campuses. It was performed at Centre in February 2017.

“This is an important program we’re a part of and to have it be the things that brings us this kind of attention makes the article all the more satisfying,” Professor of Dramatic Arts Matthew Hallock said.

The collaboration project began a little over five years ago when Hallock’s longtime friend Padraic Lillis, artistic director of The Farm Theatre, told him about an idea he had.

“He specifically wanted me to tell him why I thought it wouldn’t work,” Hallock added. “He started describing the College Collaborative Project and before he got halfway through I said, ‘Stop talking. Where do we sign up? This sounds like a blast.’”

The program commissions emerging playwrights to write plays about pressing social issues then collaborate with the participating schools, giving students the opportunity to work on new plays.

“Every production we do in our season gives students opportunities they’ve never had before,” Hallock said. “The Farm plays are unique, because they’re based partly on interviews with students at the participating schools. The result of this is that the characters they portray and the language that they speak are things they more immediately own.”

Centre participated in two projects, in 2014 and 2016, and is now getting ready for the third. Hallock said it’s been a transformational experience for the students, and the level of enthusiasm continues to grow with every round.

by Kerry Steinhofer
October 12, 2017