Playground: A Festival of Independent Student Work
Thursday, March 28 through Saturday, March 30, 2013
Entering its tenth year, this annual School of Drama performance festival showcases independent, student-produced work across all disciplines.
Playground provides a unique opportunity for School of Drama students to innovate, collaborate, and produce original new work. Actors, directors, designers, technicians, managers, dramaturges and playwrights interact over the course of one week to produce original works varying in length from 15 to 45 minutes. Students are encouraged to extend their creative horizons by interacting with peers from other disciplines within the School of Drama as well as with students from other units within the University.
Devised works include theatre, dance, and musical performances, as well as mixed media projects, films, installations, puppetry, murals, song cycles, and light shows. The festival’s performance schedule encourages audiences to attend multiple shows over the three-day festival.
A number of pieces performed at Playground have gone on to be produced throughout the United States. The PigPen Theater Company (formed by students during their freshmen year) recently completed a critically acclaimed run Off-Broadway, released their first CD, and will be performing in Chicago from September through November, 2013.