Applications for Spring 2017 Shows

Click here for the pre-app (the pre-app is the same for all spaces) [UPDATED 11-20-16].

Click here for the full application for Loeb Mainstage, Farkas Hall, and the Agassiz Theater [UPDATED 11-20-16].

Click here for the full application for the Loeb Ex.

Click here for the full application for OBERON.

Click here for the full application for Lev Library Theater.

With general questions about applications, please contact Emily at president@hrdctheater.com.

FARKAS HALL / AGASSIZ THEATER

The PRE-APPLICATION (including a full staff list) must be submitted via e-mail by 11:59pm on Sunday, November 20, 2016. The FULL APPLICATION—including an updated cover page, venue application (separate document), and supplemental information (checklist located at the bottom of the application form) — must be submitted via e-mail by 11:59pm on Sunday, November 27, 2016. All materials and any questions should be emailed to engel@fas.harvard.edu and danaknox@fas.harvard.edu.

LOEB MAINSTAGE

The PRE-APPLICATION (including a full staff list) must be submitted via e-mail by 11:59pm on Sunday, November 20, 2016. The FULL APPLICATION—including an updated cover page, venue application (separate document), and supplemental information (checklist located at the bottom of the application form) — must be submitted via e-mail by 11:59pm on Sunday, November 27, 2016. All materials and any questions should be emailed to president@hrdctheater.com and vp@hrdctheater.com.

LOEB EX

The PRE-APPLICATION (including a full staff list) must be submitted via e-mail by 11:59pm on Sunday, November 27, 2016. The FULL APPLICATION—including an updated cover page, venue application (separate document), and supplemental information (checklist located at the bottom of the application form) — must be submitted via e-mail by 11:59pm on Sunday, December 4, 2016. All materials and any questions should be emailed to president@hrdctheater.com and ex@hrdctheater.com.

OBERON

The FULL APPLICATION – including a full staff list, a venue application, and all statements – must be submitted via e-mail by 11:59pm on Sunday, December 4, 2016. All materials should be emailed to program@cluboberon.com. Questions can be directed to either Emma Watt (program@cluboberon.com) or Emily Bergquist (president@hrdctheater.com).

LEV LIBRARY THEATER

The FULL APPLICATION – including a full staff list, a venue application, and all statements – must be submitted via e-mail by 11:59pm on Sunday, December 11, 2016. All materials should be emailed to levtheater@gmail.com. Any questions can be directed to Sam Hagen at samuelhagen@college.harvard.edu.

Amendments to the HRDC Constitution

Based on the vote held at the Open Meeting today, November 7th, 2016, the following amendments will be made to the HRDC Constitution. Text in italics was the previous text of the Constitution; non-italicized text is new.

A two-thirds vote is required to pass any amendment to the Constitution; there was one question which did receive a plurality of votes but not the two-thirds majority required to pass. Full ballot counts may be found at the end of this page.

Article IV will be amended as follows:

III.4: The term for officers shall be one year. Election of officers shall be held annually in November at an open meeting of the HRDC. Elections shall be scheduled at a date and time determined by the Board to minimize conflicts for all members of the community. The date and time of elections will be shared with the community before the beginning of the season. Directors and producers may not schedule rehearsal, performances, or tech time during an open meeting of the HRDC. Officers shall assume the duties and privileges of office at the beginning of the following semester. Candidates for office should nominate themselves by submitting a position paper to the current Executive Board at least two days prior to the election. An affirmative majority vote by the members of the HRDC present shall be required to elect officers of the HRDC. Candidates may be nominated from the floor.

Members of the HRDC who are unable to attend Elections may vote by proxy by meeting with the President or another senior member of the Board prior to Elections, and may contact the President to send in questions for the candidates or statements of support or concern about candidates, which will be read aloud at the meeting. Absentee voters may specify in this meeting with the President their intentions in the event that the pool of Candidates for any position changes during Elections by, for example, ranking all the possible candidates for a position.

Article III will be amended as follows:

III.7. The duties of the Executive Board shall be to: select appropriate productions for the Loeb Mainstage and Club OBERON, administer the Loeb Experimental Theater, administer and approve expenditure of all HRDC funds and determine all matters pertaining to the finances of the HRDC, attend as many HRDC and other productions as possible, and make all policy decisions regarding student participation at the Loeb.

Article VIII will be amended as follows, and Sections 2 through 6 will be added:

VIII.1. Funding for the Mainstage and the Experimental Theatre productions shall be provided by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences through the auspices of the Loeb staff who shall authorize and disperse the funds to the producers of the shows.

VIII.2. Each semester the HRDC will support no more than one student production at OBERON. The HRDC board will work with OBERON staff to select this production from qualified applications.

VIII.3. This production will operate under the OBERON “bar guarantee” model. In this model, the OBERON staff proposes a cost estimate, and if that cost is not met in bar sales the remaining balance will come out of ticketing revenue. Once this cost is met, additional ticketing revenue will be deposited to the HRDC.

VIII.4. OBERON production teams will be granted use of the HRDC p-card in order to avoid fronting production costs out of pocket. The HRDC will use OBERON ticketing revenue to cover the charges on the p-card.

VIII.5. Any student who wishes to produce at OBERON may do so through the OBERON open submission policy, open to the general public, but only the designated sponsored production will receive HRDC financial support.

VIII.6. In the event that the HRDC sponsored production fails to recoup its costs, the HRDC will pay the remaining balance to OBERON. Profits from previous HRDC/OBERON productions will be used to handle this circumstance should it arise.

Article II, Sections 8, 9, and 10 will be created as follows:

II.8: The HRDC shall be committed to the representation of different identities in all of its activities. Specifically, the Executive Board will encourage critical thinking about inclusion and diversity both onstage and offstage and push for the inclusion of people of all races, gender identities, sexual orientations and abilities in casts and staffs. As a community, we pledge to continue to examine and explore narratives that are underrepresented or excluded from the stage, at Harvard and in the world at large.

II.9: To these ends, all directors and producers shall adhere to policies of color-conscious casting, which emphasizes actively working to include people of color in productions, and gender-inclusive casting, which works to include performers of all genders. We also encourage productions to actively welcome and include people of all religions, sexual orientations, and abilities.

II.10: The Executive Board will support training for incoming students and particularly outreach to and mentorship for those who have not yet been provided the resources and opportunities to pursue theater design and production. The Board will actively work with directors and producers to achieve this goal.

Full Ballot Counts

29 individual ballots were cast. A two-thirds majority (20) was required for an amendment to pass.

Question 1. Elections scheduling – PASSED.
27 votes YES, 1 vote NO, 1 abstained.

Question 2: Removing floor nominations – NOT PASSED.
15 votes YES, 13 votes NO, 1 abstained

Question 3: Obligatory elections – NOT PASSED.
13 votes YES, 16 votes NO

Question 4: Absentee voting – PASSED.
22 votes YES, 7 votes NO

Question 5: Absentee voting – discussion – PASSED.
26 votes YES, 3 votes NO

Question 6: Absentee vote counting – changes to Candidate pool – PASSED (RANKING).
3 votes A, 0 votes B, 26 votes C

Question 7: Write-in voting – NOT PASSED.
13 votes YES, 16 votes NO

Question 8: Online voting – NOT PASSED.
8 votes YES, 20 votes NO, 1 abstained

Question 9: OBERON Funding – PASSED.
29 votes YES, 0 votes NO

Question 10: Diversity and Inclusion – PASSED.
27 votes YES, 2 votes NO

Race in Theater at Harvard and Beyond

The Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert & Sullivan Players are currently halfway through their run of “The Mikado,” with five performances remaining. The production has engendered protest and conversation on campus about yellowface, censorship, appropriation, and racial issues in theater.

The HRDC Board strongly supports community discussion about race and inclusivity in theater. We were heartened by the number of people who attended our panel discussion on race in the Harvard theater community a few weeks ago, and we hope members of the HRDC community will join us at our open meeting this coming Monday the 7th at 7pm to vote on amendments to our Constitution, and particularly on the proposed diversity, inclusion, and color-conscious casting amendment.

We encourage you to read about the show and the controversy by following the links below.

The Harvard Foundation is hosting an event tomorrow evening “to reflect on the current production of The Mikado, talk about your personal experiences, or engage in a larger discussion of representation and performance.” More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1801328926773886/

Information about the production can be found at the HRG&SP website, here: https://hrgsp.org/happening-now

Information about screenings, teach-ins, and talk-backs scheduled by the HRG&SP can be found here: https://hrgsp.org/happening-now/mikado-events-2016/

Information about the protest that was held at the opening night performance of the Mikado can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1184428731617173/

Articles about this production of “The Mikado”:

Office for the Arts at Harvard, Arts Blog: “‘The Mikado in rehab,” 25 Oct. 2016. http://ofa.fas.harvard.edu/blog/The-Mikado-in-rehab

The Harvard Crimson: “The Mask in the Curtain: Against Yellowface at Harvard,” 26 Oct. 2016.http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2016/10/26/-against-yellowface-at-harvard/

The Harvard Crimson: “The Mikado – Past & Present,” 26 Oct. 2016. https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2016/10/26/zhou-mikado-past-present/

PostIt Comix: “Erasure + the Mikado,” 26 Oct. 2016. https://hcwc.wordpress.com/2016/10/26/postit-comix-2-erasure-the-mikado/

Dis-Oriented: “Three More Days,” 26 Oct. 2016. http://us14.campaign-archive1.com/?u=6b2af56b24de8dd4d8875aad2&id=fc0b04448f&e=a4153d1269

The Harvard Crimson: “Students to Protest ‘Mikado’ For Lack of Engagement With Controversial Past,” 27 Oct. 2016. https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2016/10/27/students-protest-mikado-controversy/

The Harvard Crimson: “‘Mikado’ Protesters Call to Shut Down Production,” 28 Oct. 2016. http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2016/10/28/criticism-sharpened-against-mikado/

NBC News: “Harvard ‘Mikado’ Production Divides Opinions As Students Take On Controversial Opera,” 28 Oct. 2016. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/harvard-mikado-production-divides-opinions-students-take-controversial-opera-n674656

The Harvard Crimson: ”Some Students Protest ‘The Mikado,’ Sparking Dialogue Around Race,” 31 Oct. 2016. https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2016/10/31/students-protest-mikado-opening-night/

The Harvard Crimson: “‘Mikado’ Struggles to Reckon with Racism, Technical Difficulties,” 1 Nov. 2016. http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2016/11/1/mikado-review/

HRG&SP: “Mikado Opening”, 2 Nov. 2016. https://hrgsp.org/2016/11/02/mikado-opening/#more-18842

HRG&SP: “Mikado 2016 Historical Note & FAQ,” 3 Nov. 2016. https://hrgsp.org/2016/11/03/mikado-2016-historical-note-faq/

Note from HRG&SP: “We distributed this document at the box office during the run of the show. Some of the responses to the FAQ have been revised slightly in order to clarify and enrich my original answers, which were written in haste before opening.”

Mikado 2016 Historical Note & FAQ

Reviews of previous productions of “The Mikado” at Harvard:

“Soaring Arias Propel ‘The Mikado’,” 6 Nov. 2012. http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2012/11/6/hgs-the-mikado-2012/

“Orientalism and ‘The Mikado’,” 4 Dec. 2007. http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2007/12/4/orientalism-and-the-mikado-this-weekend/

“Complex? No Problem For G & S,” 10 Dec. 1992. https://www.thecrimson.com/article/1992/12/10/complex-no-problem-for-g-/?page=single

“Trouble in Tipitu,” 11 Dec. 1974. https://www.thecrimson.com/article/1974/12/11/trouble-in-titipu-pbgbilbert-and-sullivan/

“Operettas The Mikado at Agassiz Theatre April 17-19; 23-25,” 18 Apr. 1970.https://www.thecrimson.com/article/1970/4/18/operettas-the-mikado-at-agassiz-theatre/

“The Mikado,” 20 Apr. 1956. http://www.thecrimson.com/article/1956/4/20/the-mikado-pin-a-bright-and/

Important Upcoming Dates

Please be aware of all the dates and deadlines listed below regarding Loeb space applications, Board Elections, and our upcoming Open Meeting and Interest Forum. All locations TBA! This information can be downloaded to print here: http://bit.ly/2f4ljAh

Note on eligibility: Any member of the HRDC (all those who have participated in an HRDC production at some point in the past two semesters) is eligible to vote, both in Executive Board Elections (Nov. 15) and on Constitutional Amendments (Nov. 7). You are expected to read all of the candidate statements and/or all of the proposed amendments (to be sent out over the newsletter)  before elections. At board elections, you must be present for the entirety of the Q&A and discussion session for a position in order to vote in that election.

Any member of the HRDC is eligible to run for the Executive Board positions of Vice President/Mainstage Coordinator, Ex Coordinator, Technical Liaison, Campus Liaison, Treasurer, Historian, and Publicity Coordinator. Any current member of the Board is eligible to run for President.

 

Meetings and info sessions:

Sun. 11/6, 7pm: Spring Interest Forum.

6:30-7pm: Applying to Direct/Running for Board: info session!

7pm: Spring Interest Forum. Come share your ideas for next semester (directors, designers, producers, anyone!). If you have a full show and vision that you’d like to “pitch”, that’s great! If you don’t have a show, but really want to build a giant house on a certain stage, that’s great! If you don’t have any concrete plans, but really want to do a show dealing with a certain issue, that’s equally great! If you’re not attached to anything, this is the time to come hear who might need your skills! Contact Emily Bergquist (tech@hrdctheater.com) with any questions or to serve as proxy if you cannot attend but would like to get your ideas out there.

Mon. 11/7, 7pm: Open Meeting on Gender and Sexuality in Harvard Theater. The HRDC will be holding an open meeting on November 7th at which we will be discussing gender and sexuality in our community and will be voting on the Constitutional Amendments proposed at the Open Meeting on Oct. 9th. All members of the HRDC community are highly encouraged to attend. The full ballot for Nov. 7th is available here: http://bit.ly/2e8irxz. We highly recommend that you read through the proposed amendments prior to the meeting.

 

Board elections dates and deadlines:

Sun. 11/6, 6:30-7pm (immediately before the Spring Interest Forum): Applying to Direct/Running for Board Info Session. Please attend this meeting if you are planning to run for board or apply to direct a show in the Loeb next season!

Tues. 11/8, 11:59pm: Candidate position preferences due. All candidates interested in running for board must email their top three position preferences to president@hrdctheater.com. We will coordinate the order of elections accordingly, and you will have time to adjust your top choice if need be.

Thu. 11/10, 11:59pm: Candidate statements due. All candidates interested in running for board must submit a statement (up to 1 page) and a brief Harvard theater resume (up to 1 page) for their top choice position topresident@hrdctheater.com.

Tues. 11/15, 6:30pm: HRDC Board Elections. All members of the HRDC are expected to attend, barring a non-movable conflict.

 

Space application dates and deadlines for Spring 2017 shows:

Sun. 11/6, 6:30-7pm, immediately before the Spring Interest Forum:

Applying to Direct/Running for Board Info Session. If you are planning to apply to direct in a Loeb space and cannot attend this meeting, please reach out to the board to let us know your plans by emailing vp@hrdctheater.com for Mainstage applications and ex@hrdctheater.com for Ex applications.

Sun. 11/20, 11:59pm:

Mainstage Pre-apps due. Email PDF to president@hrdctheater.com and vp@hrdctheater.com.

Sun. 11/27, 11:59pm:

Mainstage apps due to president@hrdctheater.com and vp@hrdctheater.com.

Ex pre-apps due to president@hrdctheater.com and ex@hrdctheater.com.

Sun. 12/4, 11:59pm:

Ex apps due in PDF form to president@hrdctheater.com and ex@hrdctheater.com.

Fall ’16 Cast Lists

Below are the cast lists with alternates included for Fall 2016 Common Casting. Signing will take place in the Loeb Ex from 4 to 6 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, September 7th. Directors may begin reaching out to alternates at 6 p.m.

You are highly encouraged to reach out to the director and production team of any show in which you are cast to discuss the role before the signing period, especially if you are thinking about taking roles in multiple shows.

If you have any questions about the rules for signing or proxy signing, please consult the Common Casting Rulebook or contact Madi Deming at campus@hrdctheater.com.

Polaroid Stories

Peer Gynt

Songs of the Harlem River

The Trojan Women

Nuestra Señora de las Nubes

Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls

Macbeth

The Mikado

Le Nozze di Figaro

Into the Woods

Calamus

The Submission

35mm: A Musical Exhibition – UPDATED 9-6 7:25PM

Speaking in Tongues

Greg in Charge

Painted Black and Blue

On Thin Ice

Voice Actors’ Guild

A Dream Play

Fall ’16 Callbacks

Below are the callback lists for Fall 2016 Common Casting. With general questions about Common Casting, please email Madi, Campus Liaison, at campus@hrdctheater.com.

If your callbacks are taking place in the Loeb Drama Center, please continue to be respectful of Notes From the Field, the A.R.T. show that is taking place in the Loeb. They will be using spaces throughout the Loeb, including the Ex Lobby, for discussion groups during their matinee performance today (Sunday).

Callbacks listed here are those for shows auditioning through Common Casting. If you have questions about auditions for A Dream Play, please contact Thomas Peterson at thomaspeterson@college.harvard.edu.

Polaroid Stories

Peer Gynt – UPDATED 9/4 10:28 AM

Songs of the Harlem River

The Trojan Women

Nuestra Señora de las Nubes

Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls

Macbeth – UPDATED 9/5 1:33 PM

The Mikado

Le Nozze di Figaro

Into the Woods

Calamus

The Submission

35mm: A Musical Exhibition

Speaking in Tongues

Greg In Change

Painted Black and Blue

On Thin Ice

 

 

 

Fall ’16 Common Casting Schedule

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See the Common Casting Schedule Fall 2016 below – click the link for a downloadable version. Please contact Madi Deming, Campus Liaison, at campus@hrdctheater.com with any questions.

Tuesday6PM – 9PM9PM – midnight
Farkas – LobbyVoice Actor’s GuildHarlem River
Farkas – 203OTI35mm
Farkas – StudioPolaroid StoriesInto the Woods
Loeb – Dance StudioPeer GyntMacbeth
Loeb – RRCThe Trojan WomenThe Trojan Women
Loeb – RRDNuestra SeñoraPainted Black and Blue
Agassiz – Horner RoomCalamusThe Mikado
Wednesday6PM – 9PM9PM – midnight
Farkas – LobbyGreg in ChargeOTI
Farkas – 203Aloha35mm
Farkas – StudioPolaroid StoriesInto the Woods
Loeb – Dance StudioPeer GyntHarlem River
Loeb – RRCThe SubmissionMacbeth
Loeb – RRDNuestra SeñoraThe Trojan Women
Agassiz – Horner RoomThe MikadoLa Nozze di Figaro
Thursday6PM – 9PM9PM – midnight
Farkas – LobbyOTIOTI
Farkas – 20335mmPainted Black and Blue
Farkas – AuditoriumPolaroid Stories
Loeb – Dance StudioGreg in ChargeAloha
Loeb – RRCMacbethSpeaking in Tongues
Loeb – RRDThe Trojan WomenNuestra Señora
Agassiz – Horner RoomThe MikadoLa Nozze di Figaro
Friday6PM – 9PM9PM – midnight
Farkas – LobbyCalamusCalamus
Farkas – 203Harlem RiverVoice Actor’s Guild
Farkas – AuditoriumInto the WoodsAloha
Loeb – Dance StudioPeer GyntThe Submission
Loeb – RRCMacbethSpeaking in Tongues
Loeb – RRDNuestra SeñoraPainted Black and Blue
Agassiz – Horner RoomThe MikadoLa Nozze di Figaro
Saturday10AM – 1PM2PM – 5PM
Farkas – Lobby
Farkas – 203Aloha35mm
Farkas – AuditoriumPolaroid StoriesInto the Woods
Loeb – Dance StudioPeer GyntCalamus
Loeb – RRCSpeaking in Tongues
Loeb – RRDNuestra SeñoraPainted Black and Blue
Agassiz – Horner RoomThe SubmissionGreg in Charge

Speaking in Tongues

Written by Andrew Bovell
Directed by Mitch Polonsky ’19
Produced by Lyndon Hanrahan ’19 and John Creed ’19

PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES

Adams Pool Theater

Friday, October 21st at 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 22nd at 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 23rd at 2 p.m.

Run time: 2 hours with no intermission.

Email speakinginthepool@gmail.com to reserve tickets.

ABOUT

Speaking in Tongues is a three-part Australian drama that weaves together the intersecting lives of nine characters played by four actors. The play’s complex, polyphonic structure jumps backwards, forwards, and sideways through time, presenting parallel moments out of sequence and overlapping simultaneously on stage. The narrative maps the rights and wrongs of emotional conduct, a landscape typified by a sense of disconnection and a shifting moral code. Throughout Speaking in Tongues, intimates betray commitments, strangers forge bonds, and abstract form meets deeply personal content in a moving testament to the human will to connect.

CAST

 

STAFF

Director … Mitchell Polonsky
Producers … Lyndon Hanrahan and John Creed
Stage Manager … Aaron Fogelson

Painted Black and Blue

Science Theater at Harvard College (ST@HC)

Written by Angelica Clayton
Directed by Angelica Clayton ’17
Produced by Chuyue Zhou ’17, Cherline Bazile ’17, Nu Xiong ’17

PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES

SciBox

Friday, November 4th at 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 5th at 7 p.m.
Sunday November 6th at 2 p.m.
Sunday, November 6th at 7 p.m.

Run time: 1 hour, 15 minutes with no intermission

ABOUT

Painted Black and Blue is a student-written play chronicling a young woman’s experience with domestic abuse in college. Addie’s relationship with Vincent starts to become something she doesn’t recognize and she finds herself fighting to understand her situation as it spirals out of control. Even after the relationship ends, Addie continues to be tormented by her experiences, unable to sleep or escape her memories. Painted Black and Blue is a play not only about abuse, but also about the lasting effects of trauma and the fight that continues long after the abuse ends.

This performance is not suitable for children under the age of 14. This performance deals with issues of rape and domestic abuse. Please contact Angelica Clayton (aclayton@college.harvard.edu) with any questions.

Email paintedtickets@gmail.com to reserve your tickets.

CAST

Addie … Juliette Cremel
Vincent/Shadow … Scott Kall
Rebecca … Olivia Blanchard
Christopher … Nermin Hasanovic
Woman … Irla Belli
Barista … Nu Xiong

STAFF

Producers … Cherline Bazile ’17 and Nu Xiong ’17
Associate Producers … Chuyue Zhou ’17 and Marinda Horan ’17
Sound Designer … Nu Xiong ’17
Photographer … Marinda Horan ’17