Hopkins Black Box theatre 2023-2024 Season

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FALL 2023

The Place of Performance Lecture

"The Adaptation of Literature as Critical Methodology: Representing Refugees and Asylum-Seekers in The Kite Runner and The Beekeeper of Aleppo"
by Dr. Matthew Spangler
August 31, 2023 - 7:30 PM


Faculty & Graduate Student Showcase

Produced by Hal Lambert
September 6, 2023 - 7:30 PM

We celebrate our 32nd annual season with an evening of short performances by CMST faculty and graduate students.


Guest Artist Workshop

by Mondo Bizarro
Produced by Tracy Stephenson Shaffer
September 15, 2023

Mondo Bizarro will engage students in a variety of physical, vocal, and generative exercises that nurture ensemble awareness, trust, and creativity. Participants will move, listen, share stories, and build work together through a variety of processes and techniques learned and developed over Mondo Bizarro's 20 year history.


Issa Kiki Ball: A Werkshop

by Haus of Glitter Dance Company
Produced by Ashley Mack and Travis Brisini
September 21, 2023

How can art and creative process contribute to our collective liberation? Internationally acclaimed artists, The Haus of Glitter Dance Company, present a day of creative justice dialogue, dance, and celebration. They will host a community conversation and a dance workshop that explores the foundations of Vogue + Ballroom history and culture. No dance experience required, and all are welcome!


A Little Princess

Adapted and Directed by Tracy Stephenson Shaffer
October 25-28, 2023 - 7:30 PM
October 29, 2023 - 2:30 PM

An adaptation and performance of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic children’s novel. Created with both children and adults in mind, the magical story celebrates the power of kindness and imagination. 


Fall Undergraduate Showcase

Produced by Ibrahim Yusif and Seth Knievel
November 29, 2023 - 7:30 PM

We proudly showcase short works created by students in our Performance Studies courses.




Imagining Rachel

Written and Performed by Elise Robertson
Directed by Steven Simone-Friedland
Produced by Trish Suchy
February 1, 2024- 7:30 PM

Explore environmental icon Rachel Carson's nature in this wildly inventive solo performance. Los Angeles-based performing artist Elise Robertson uses puppets and found objects to unravel her own messy coming-of-age alongside Rachel's in this poignant, comedic journey into environmental activism.


Yearning: A Sapphic Adaptation of The Great Gatsby

Adapted and Directed by Seth Knievel
February 28-March 2, 2024 - 7:30 PM
March 3, 2024 - 2:30 PM

Come experience the vibrant world of the Roaring Twenties in this progressive retelling of Fitzgerald's most famous work. Yearning reimagines the enigmatic socialite as a queer woman who must navigate tensions of gender, race, and class in Prohibition-era New Orleans. Join us for a captivating journey into the past, entwined with urgent echoes of today.


Purple Brick Road to Wondaland

Conceived, Written, and Directed by Taren Wilson
April 17-20, 2024 - 7:30 PM
April 21, 2024 - 2:30 PM

A performance of Black feminist futurity… set in a time like now but not, on a planet like ours but not. This story follows Tea, a soul-woman struggling with being different in a restrictive space of higher learning, on her journey from the Ivory Tower to Wondaland. See how Black women across the cosmos and time help Tea reckon, celebrate, and reclaim.


Tiger SpeakFest

Produced by Ariel Kizer
April 23, 2024 - 7:00 PM

A celebration of the work and progress made by the Speech and Debate Team through the 2023-2024 competing season. 


Spring Undergraduate Showcase

Produced by Mitchell Kahalley and Ethan Hunter
May 1, 2024 - 7:30 PM

Our season finale: a celebration of short student works from our Performance Studies courses.