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2015-16 Westmont College Festival Theatre

Written by Diana Lynn Small ‘09
Directed by Mitchell Thomas
October 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 at 7 p.m.
Porter Theatre
A prodigal daughter returns home, only she can’t get any farther than the front lawn. An exterminator shows up to clear away a suburban wasps’ nest, but a hunger strike prevents him from doing his work. Bathed in California sunshine, this funny and unsettling new play by alumna Diana Lynn Small examines grief, spirituality, and the unfathomable nature of love and reconciliation. This play includes mature content, adult language, actors smoking, and real Chinese food. $12 General Admission, $7 Students, Seniors and Children.

Written and directed by Diana Lynn Small ‘09
Featuring Heather Johnson ’10 and Paige Tautz ‘14
October 22, 23, 24 at 9 p.m.
Black Box Theatre at Westmont College
MAD & A GOAT is a two-women show about one woman who, to free herself from college debt, joins a Wyoming goat farm she inherits from her occult-leader birth parents. There is seduction. There is beer. There are biscuits. And let’s not forget about the goats. The play has had workshop productions at the Fort Collins Fringe, FronteraFest, and the Cohen New Works festival in Austin, and we are pleased as punch to present this wild and rollickin’ all-Westmont-alumna work to Santa Barbara audiences. This play includes mature content. $12 General Admission, $7 Students, Seniors and Children. T

Devised and Performed by Connor Bush
November 6-7 at 8 p.m.
Black Box Theatre at Westmont College
Three college seniors wrestle with the disorientation of growing up, only to discover that the joy is in the journey. No Admission Charge

Directed by Mitchell Thomas
November 13 at 9 p.m.
November 14 at 8 p.m
Porter Theatre at Westmont College
*A fundraiser for students to attend the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.“What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play! Life is a cabaret, old chum, come to the cabaret!” Come and support the Broadway babies of Westmont as they perform some of the funniest, most moving, challenging and beautiful songs of the musical theatre canon.$15 General Admission, $10 Students, Seniors and Children. To make a reservation, go here.

Choreographed by Susan Alexander, Christina Sanchez, and Student Company
December 11 at 8 p.m.
December 12 at 2 p.m.
and 8 p.m.
An entertaining, energy-packed concert of new choreography by faculty and student choreographers. Don’t miss this chance to see Westmont’s talented student dancers.$10 General Admission, $7 Students, Seniors, and Children. To make a reservation, go here.

Written by Charles Dickens
Directed by John Blondell
December 17-19 at 7:30 p.m.
Porter Theatre at Westmont College
Dickens’ vivid language and haunting atmospheres, in a story about the Christmas Eve transformation of the flinty old miser, Ebeneezer Scrooge. Played in the company’s physical, image-oriented style, five actors – and many puppets – bring more than 30 characters to life. Call for reservations. 805-565-7040 General Admission $17, Students, Seniors, and Children $14.

Written by Christopher Marlowe
Directed by John Blondell
January 28 at 8 p.m., 30 at 9
February 4 at 8 p.m., 6 at 9 p.m
Porter Theatre at Westmont College
Music by Henry Purcell, Libretto by Nahum Tate
Staged by John Blondell
January 29 at 8 p.m., 30 at 7 p.m.
February 5 at 8 p.m., 6 at 7 p.m.

Porter Theatre at Westmont College
Upon his escape from Troy and on his way to found Rome, Dido meets the Carthaginian Queen, Dido. Will he stay or will he go? An ambitious music-theatre duet of two rarely seen classics, one a tragic opera, the other a dramatic tragedy.

By Kristin Idaszak
Directed by Christine Nathanson
March 4-5 at 8 p.m.
Porter Theatre at Westmont College
When Erin takes a #gaschamberselfie, it goes viral--and so does she. Her job offer gets rescinded, she's not allowed to go to class, and her family and friends abandon her. Everyone that is, except for Claudia, her best friend, who hatches a plan to confront Erin's anonymous online trolls. TAR AND FEATHER examines public shaming in the digital age. How close are any of us to a fall from grace? And how does a well-intended person transform into a troll? No Admission Charge

Curated by Mitchell Thomas
Thursday, April 14- Sunday, April 17
Various times and venues, check website for up to date show information
In many ways, the center of Westmont’s theatre program is The Fringe – our annual celebration of devised, new, original, or otherwise previously unseen work that culminates every theatre season at the college. Last year’s Fringe featured over 25 original pieces of theatre, dance, film, art installations, and solo performance, and included over 80 Westmont students, and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever! A one-of-a-kind event that is not to be missed. Really. $10 Daily General Admission, $7 Students, Seniors and Children. All Festival Passes available for purchase.

*Collaboration B302
Devised and Performed by Lindsey Twigg and Danielle Draper
Fringe Festival!
From the artists that brought you peanutbutterjellybagelcreamcheese, comes another instillation of generative theatre. In this new two part collaboration, each artist will seek to explore a piece of her history through an exciting evening of theatrical storytelling.