International Production and Performance
Just as Dickinson College has distinguished itself in international education, our Department of Theatre and Dance has made international study and performance a significant and unique part of its mission. We are a co-sponsoring department of Dickinson's programs in England, which offer students the option of studying in London for the summer or in both London and Norwich for the entire academic year. Here at home, we regularly welcome international guests to our campus.
We, in turn, have been invited to perform at a number of international venues: in 1994 we performed A.R. Gurney's Another Antigone
at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival, and in 1996 Dickinson students traveled to the former eastern sector of Berlin, Germany to present a performance of The Baltimore Waltz
to an international audience. 1996 also saw students traveling to Victoria, British Columbia with productions of Krapps Last Tape and Breath, presented at the First International Beckett Festival. In 1998 we returned to Berlin with a student production of Sam Shepard's Fool for Love.
Another overseas venture was a triumphant return to the Edinburgh International Arts Festival in August 2000 where we performed "Oleanna" by David Mamet as a part of Fringe 2000. The company of three faculty and three students rehearsed the production for three weeks at Dickinson then traveled to Scotland for a one week run. Returning home, we played two performances during the first days of the fall semester.
The many fans of the high-spirited literary personality William Saroyan were delighted to see his work revived through the theatrical production "An Audience with William Saroyan", conceived and performed by Todd Wronski. William Saroyan was a pervasive presence in 20th century America. At the peak of his career he was a highly popular and prominent literary figure. His eccentric and animated personality found frequent expression in magazine articles, newspapers, and even through appearances on entertainment talk shows. In short, William Saroyan was no less than a household name. Wronski has taken selections from Saroyan's diverse writings and woven them together in order to bring the mid-century humorist to life on stage. Working in cooperation with the William Saroyan Foundation and Stanford University, Wronski has compiled over a thousand quotes, excerpts, and other selections in order to create the script. In August, 2001, Wronski and senior major Kim Tracey produced An Audience with William Saroyan at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Scotland. The production was also featured at the start of the 2001-2002 production season at Dickinson.
An all student cast was featured in Dickinson's contribution to the 2004 Arezzo International Festival of Performing Arts. This unique festival which takes place annually in Arezzo, Italy included performances of companies from Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Spain and Germany, as well as one other company from the U.S. The students performed Kent Broadhurst's comedy The Eye of the Beholder
, directed by Todd Wronski, and also prepared a "street theatre" piece conceived and choreographed by our Director of Dance Amy Ginsburg.
2006 found Dickinson collaborating with our partner institution in England-the University of East Anglia-in the presentation of a new play titled Dickens and Twain: Crossing the Pond, directed by Senior Lecturer of Drama at UEA, Tony Frost. An international company inluding a Dickinson student intern rehearsed by production in Norwich, England, and presented it in Edinburgh and later at Dickinson.
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