Ann Basu This weekend in Wish Theater, Masque and Gown will present ‘‘American Idiot,” a rock opera brimming with youthful angst and frustration. Based on the Green Day concept album of the same name, the show includes several of the band’s most beloved songs—including the title track “American Idiot,” as well as “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and “21 Guns”—and weaves them into a story in which three central characters confront relationships, drug use and their own social and political disillusionment in a bleak, post-September 11 American landscape.
PJ SeelertDAUGHTERS OF IRAN: Bates student Gabriella Shpilsky performs in “The Poets and the Assassin—Daughters of Iran” on Thursday. The play, written by Reza Jalali, tells the stories of Iranian and Muslim women. Despite their centuries-long battle for human rights, the stories of Iranian and Muslim women have traditionally been overlooked in American society.
Associate Professor of Theater Abigail Killeen’s reimagining of the culinary splendor in “Babette’s Feast” was no easy task. A new adaptation of the story directed by Karin Coonrod, currently running at Portland Stage, focuses on a universal message of self-sacrifice and service.
Ann BasuTIME WARP: Hope Keeley ’21 (left) and Tori Clarke ’20 (right) star in Curtain Callers’ production of “The Last Five Years,” a show comprised of only two characters who tell the story of their relationship through an unusual chronology.
Ann BasuPENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS: This weekend, the theater department is staging “The Threepenny Opera” in Pickard Theater. This modern take on the classic play by Bertolt Brecht includes contemporary examples of timeless themes, such as abuse of power.
Ann BasuFLIPPING THE SCRIPT Sam Monkman ’18 takes the stage in “The Laramie Project. Yesterday, Masque & Gown premiered “The Laramie Project,” a production choice that continues the group’s break with the more traditional shows that characterized much of its history.
Most theater productions take weeks, or even months, to rehearse before the curtain rises on opening night. The same is typically true on the Bowdoin stage. But not this Saturday night. At 7 p.m. tomorrow, Masque & Gown actors will perform original plays that were written, directed and rehearsed in only 24 hours.
Continuing their success from the summer of 2016, Maggie Seymour ’16 and Olivia Atwood ’17 returned to the stage to perform “15 Villainous Fools” —this time in New York City. Based on William Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors,” “15 Villainous Fools” is a comedy that follows the adventures of two sets of twins.