Tomorrow and Sunday afternoons at 3:30 p.m., Masque & Gown will replace theater seating with lawn chairs and stage lights for sunshine as it performs Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” on the art museum steps. Until the 1980s, Bowdoin students performed a Shakespeare classic on the museum steps each spring.
This weekend, student theater group Masque and Gown put on three performances of Philip Dawkins’s “Failure: A Love Story.” Directed by Sinclaire Ledahl ’23, this fantastical tale expertly combines humor and tragedy, eliciting emotional responses from audiences.
This past Sunday, Masque and Gown put on a modernized and translated rendition of the Greek play, “Lysistrata,” on the Bowdoin College Museum of Art steps. The play follows a group of women who withhold sex from their male partners in hopes of ending the Peloponnesian War—a lighthearted end to Ivies weekend.
In three shows across today and tomorrow, Masque and Gown will put on a rendition of Shakespeare’s comedy, “Much Ado About Nothing,” in Wish Theater. Through stories of romance, family, and companionship, the production’s cast and crew hope to provide a lighthearted space during a stressful part of the year.
On Friday, the audience for Masque and Gown’s One Act Play Festival filled all eighty folding chairs in the Drake Lobby of Pickard Theater, with an overflow audience watching from the balcony. “I was really excited that so many people came,” said Sinclaire Ledahl ’23, Masque and Gown’s artistic director.