Past Events

Performance: "A Wasp" by Chinese playwright Ding Xilin, directed by Nikki Wei '20

Mar. 1, 2019 7:30 pm
Rooke Theatre

Free and open to the public. Performed in English.

Performance: “The Importance of Being Earnest”

Feb. 21, 2019 7:30 pm
Feb. 22, 2019 7:30 pm
Feb. 23, 2019 7:30 pm
Feb. 24, 2019 2:00 pm
Rooke Theatre

The Mount Holyoke College Department of Theatre Arts presents “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde, directed by Noah Tuleja.

Considered one of the greatest comedies of the English-language stage, the witty play satirizes the social conventions of late Victorian London. Frequently performed on stage and adapted for film, TV and even into musicals and operas, “The Importance of Being Earnest” is said to be the most well-known and quoted play in English after “Hamlet.” This depiction of false identities and fiction versus truth is a delight for all audiences.

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Play: “Marx in Soho”

Jan. 28, 2019 7:00 pm
Chapin Auditorium

“Marx in Soho” is a one-man play written by Howard Zinn. In the play, Marx is resurrected to defend his ideas against the dehumanizing versions that have been applied in the world, respond to society today, and share about his life in Soho, London. This particular production of the play featuring Bob Weick has been touring the U.S. for 14 years at more than 500 venues and got the green light and enthusiastic support from Howard Zinn himself after he saw rehearsals of the play.

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The House of Bernarda Alba

Dec. 6, 2018 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Dec. 7, 2018 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Dec. 8, 2018 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Dec. 9, 2018 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Rooke Theatre

by Federico Garcia Lorca, adapted by Emily Mann, directed by Miranda Wheeler '19

After her husband's death, iron-fisted Bernarda imposes an eight-year mourning period on her daughters, trapping them in a claustrophobic house teeming with jealousy and repressed desire under the burning Spanish sun.

Performance: “American Moor”

Nov. 8, 2018 7:30 pm
Nov. 9, 2018 7:30 pm
Nov. 10, 2018 7:30 pm
Rooke Theater

“American Moor” is a 90-minute solo play written and performed by Keith Hamilton Cobb, examining the experience and perspective of black men in America through the metaphor of William Shakespeare's character, Othello.

In this passionate and poetic exploration, under the direction of Kim Weild, a seasoned African-American actor auditioning for the role of Shakespeare’s Othello must respond to the dictates of a younger, white director who presumes to understand how to maximize the iconic black character for believability.  What could possibly go wrong?

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A Performance of Yue Opera's Excerpts: Cross-Culture and Cross-Gender

Oct. 26, 2018 7:30 pm
Rooke Theatre

Two Chinese Yue Opera leading artists, Jun'an Wang (a male lead) and Qi Tao (a female lead) will perform three excerpts from two Yue Opera classics, Searching for and Probing the Wife and Liu Yi Delivers a Letter for the Dragon King's Daughter. Yue Opera, the second most popular traditional theater in China, is predominately all female cast, featured with cross-gender acting, and focuses on women's concerns and issues.

The performance will combine a cross-gender performance with a “show and tell” where a student will give an oral presentation of Yue Opera history, role type, repertoire and stage convention. The two actresses Jun’an Wang and Qi Tao will be showcasing doing makeup and acting in gender/roles types.

Free and open to the public.

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Oct. 18, 2018 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Oct. 19, 2018 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Oct. 20, 2018 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Oct. 21, 2018 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Rooke Theatre

by Susan Glaspell, directed by Brianna Sloane

An early feminist drama from 1916, the play explores the divide between men and women and poses the questions "What is justice?" and "Who gets to judge?"

Theatre Backstage Tour

Sep. 4, 2018 4:00 pm
Rooke Theatre Lobby

A chance to meet faculty, staff, student reps, and liaisons, and learn how to get involved and/or volunteer with the theatre department. Light refreshments will be served.

Mount Holyoke College's Historic Athletic Clothing Exhibit

May. 18, 2018 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
May. 19, 2018 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
May. 25, 2018 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
May. 26, 2018 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Rooke Theatre Lobby

This exhibit features items from Mount Holyoke College's Historic Clothing Collection.  This student-curated exhibit will display uniforms from the 1890s to the 1990s.  Learn how women's colleges like Mount Holyoke were the birthplace of athletics for women in the United States, and how for many students (1870s to 1920s) athletic wear gave them the first taste of what it would be like to move unrestricted by corsets and clothing.  Photos, diary entries, year books, letters, and alumnae themselves will help us tell the story of athletic life in a hundred year period.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Noah Tuleja

Apr. 19, 2018 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Apr. 20, 2018 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Apr. 21, 2018 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Apr. 22, 2018 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Rooke Theatre

"The course of true love never did run smooth."  Join us for one of Shakespeare's most enduring comedies:  an evening of lovers' quarrels, mystical machination, adventures in the wilderness, topped with a heavy dose of fairy dust! 


“Ìrìn Àjò — Odyssey of a Dream,” an African opera

Apr. 12, 2018 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Apr. 13, 2018 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Chapin Auditorium

Artistic Director: Bode Omojola ● Conductor and Music Director: Ng Tian Hui ● Choreographer: Amir Hall

Performed by Mount Holyoke College and Five College students and the Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra with a cast of national and international soloists.

“Ìrìn Àjò,” a Yoruba phrase that means "life’s journey," is a world-premiere opera which tells the timely story of Nigerian engineer Káyò̩dé who travels to the United States in search of a better life. Through song, chant, dance and drumming, the opera explores themes of emigration, adaptation and survival. Composed, written and directed by Five College Professor Bode Omojola, this production is the culmination of an in-depth study undertaken by students in his course African Opera in Theory and Practice, in which African opera provides the framework for exploring features of African music. This is the third in a series of African operas directed by Omojola and produced by the Department of Music.

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Prospective Theatre Majors/Minors Tea

Mar. 22, 2018 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm

Meet, greet, and enjoy some refreshments!

Amir Issaa: "Vivo per Questo (This is What I Live For)"

Feb. 20, 2018 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Rooke Theatre, Mount Holyoke College

2018 Valentine Giamatti Lecture

Please join us for a book presentation and mini-concert with Amir Issaa. This event is in English and is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Italian program and the Valentine Giamatti Fund.

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Staged Reading of Chay Yew's, "Question 27, Question 28"

Feb. 9, 2018 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Feb. 10, 2018 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Rooke Theatre - Free and open to the public.

What happened to the women of the Japanese American internment?  How did these brave women keep their American dream alive?  This play weaves a story of the struggles, plights and courage of Japanese American female detainees in the American internment camps of World War II.  Nationally-recognized playwright Chay Yew draws from the special archives of the Japanese American National Museum to create a documentary theater project based on testimonials, transcripts, documents and interviews with female internees living in the camps during WWII. Please join us for a staged reading of Chay Yew's "Question 27, Question 28" directed by Heidi Holder.

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Crafting a Life in the Arts

Feb. 10, 2018 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Considering an artistic career? Wondering how to craft a meaningful lifestyle? Want insider information on finding opportunities and connecting with established professionals? Join a campus-wide dialogue with established and emerging artists!

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Performance of Bull in a China Shop

Dec. 7, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Dec. 8, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Dec. 9, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Dec. 10, 2017 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Rooke Theatre

Please join us for a performance of Bull in a China Shop by Bryna Turner '12 and directed by Molly Paige '18.  This original play is inspired by the real letters between Mary Woolley, MHC's 11th President, and Jeannette Marks, spanning 1888-1937. 

A talk-back follows the Friday evening performance.


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Nov. 28, 2017 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Chapin Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College

Egyptian American musician, dancer and educator, Karim Nagi delivers this dynamic concert and demonstration.  He performs on various traditional Arabic percussion and melodic instruments, while including the audience to participate from their seats.  Additionally, he demonstrates various styles of folkloric dance from around the Arab world.

A Middle Eastern dinner will be served after the event.

This event is co-sponsored by MHC Asian Studies Program, MHC President's Office, MHC Dean of Students, MHC Multicultural Community and College Life Committee, MHC Dance Dept., MHC Theatre Dept., MHC Religion Dept., and the Five College Arabic Language Initiative.

Performance of Frankenstein

Oct. 19, 2017 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Oct. 20, 2017 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Oct. 21, 2017 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Oct. 22, 2017 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Rooke Theatre

A retelling of Mary Shelley's classic novel, Frankenstein, adapted by Jonathan Yukich, directed by Noah Tuleja will be performed at Rooke Theatre. Suitable for ages 10 and up.

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Five College Theater Alumnae of Color Residency

Sep. 28, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Sep. 29, 2017 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Kirby Theater, Amherst College

Please join us as Five College Theatre Alumnae of Color in Residency return to campuses for residencies, showcase and panel discussions where they will actively address questions of race, racism, and social justice. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Five College Theater Program.

  • Five College Theater Alumnae of Color Showcase: Thursday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., Kirby Theater, Amherst College
  • Theater Alumnae of Color Panel: “Theater in These Times”: Friday, Sept. 29, 5 p.m., Kirby Theater, Amherst College. Followed by reception and meet-and-greet for Five College students
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Auditions: "Frankenstein" and "Bull in a China Shop"

Sep. 7, 2017 6:30 am – 9:30 pm
Rooke Theatre

Beyond the Doors

Apr. 21, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Rooke Theatre--Mount Holyoke College

written and performed by Robyn Sutton-Fernandez FP'17
Free and Open to the Public 


Mar. 31, 2017 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Apr. 1, 2017 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Apr. 2, 2017 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Apr. 6, 2017 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Apr. 7, 2017 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Apr. 8, 2017 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Apr. 9, 2017 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Rooke Theatre

Leave your troubles behind—life is a cabaret! John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Joe Masteroff's Tony-winning musical.

The 2017 Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference

Apr. 1, 2017 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Wooley Hall

“Empowering Voices: Breaking Boundaries, Making Change”

Featuring keynote speaker Staceyann Chin, this conference will consist of workshops that focus on the topics of peer networking, professional and personal development, and leadership opportunities. Most importantly, this conference will provide a space to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of women of color. The Keynote address is open to the public and free for all MHC students, faculty, and staff and $5.00 for Five-College and non-conference attendees. Interested individuals who self-identify as women of color can register for the conference.

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"A Tale of Two Wolves" - Photographer Pete Muller

Mar. 30, 2017 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium, Art Building

In conversation with Jon Western, Dean of Faculty. Reception to follow.
Co-sponsored with the Departments of International Relations, Art History, Classics and Italian, English, French, German Studies, History, Politics, Theatre Arts, the Film Studies Program, the Weissman Center for Leadership, and the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives.

Crafting a Life in the Arts

Feb. 18, 2017 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Pratt Hall followed by reception at Rooke Theatre

Join us for the seventh annual Crafting a Life in the Arts. This event brings together accomplished alumnae in the fields of Art Museum, Architecture, Studio Art, Art History, Dance, Film, Music, and Theater to talk to students about their success in crafting a meaningful and fulfilling career in the arts. It will conclude with a networking reception and refreshments at the Rooke Theatre. Current students can register in LyonNet.

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Wit by Margaret Edson, director by Maria Signorelli '17 - THURS, FEB 9 PERFORMANCE CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

Feb. 9, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Feb. 10, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Feb. 11, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Feb. 12, 2017 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Rooke Theatre

Tickets may also be reserved by calling the box office at:  413-538-2406 or email:

Auditions for Cabaret

Jan. 26, 2017 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Rooke Theatre

Leave your troubles outside – life is beautiful at the Cabaret, John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff’s Tony-winning musical about following your heart as the world loses its way.

Come prepared with 16 bars of a song, in a similar style to Cabaret. Be prepared to read a short monologue from the script, which will be provided. If you are called back you will be asked to dance, sing, and read from the script.

Sign up sheet on callboard outside rm. 102, Rooke Theatre

"Intimate Apparel"

Nov. 10, 2016 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Nov. 11, 2016 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Nov. 12, 2016 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Nov. 13, 2016 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Rooke Theatre

Theatre performance open to the public.  For reservations, please call:  (413) 538-2406 or email:

Lipstick Thespians

Oct. 21, 2016 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Oct. 22, 2016 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Rooke Theatre

An evening of entertainment produced, directed, designed and performed by students.  Free and open to the public.  Please make a reservation at (413) 538-2406 or email:  Tickets must be picked up 1/2 hour prior to the performance.

T. Howard Foundation Information Session

Oct. 11, 2016 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Career Development Center

Learn more about this internship program for minority students interested in the multimedia and entertainment industry. Interns are provided with networking opportunities, professional development training, scholarships, mentors and much more! Register in LyonNet.

Auditions for Lipstick Thespians (Student Revue)

Sep. 15, 2016 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Rooke Theatre

Fully produced, performed, designed and directed evening of entertainment.  Come prepared with 2 minutes of song, dance, monologue--you name it!

Auditions for "Intimate Apparel" and "Wit"

Sep. 12, 2016 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Rooke Theatre

Roles for 15 - Please sign up on the callboard outside room 102 Rooke Theatre.  Callbacks will take place on Tues, September 13, 6:00-900pm


Apr. 14 – 16, 2016 7:30 pm
Apr. 17, 2016 2:00 pm
Rooke Theatre

Hold on for a bloody exploration of violent love, deeds and ambitions, the fickleness of fate and the nightmarish depths to which even the most noble minds can be dragged, in William Shakespeare's Macbeth, directed by Jenny Daniels '16.
Tickets: $5. general and $3. students & senior citizens. please contact Rooke Theatre Box Office, (413) 538-2406 or email


Apr. 5, 2016 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Rooke Theatre

Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts presents direct from Paris - répertoires!  An evening of classic French theater performed in French with English supertitles.  Compagnie des Petits-Champs, Pris, France.  

Free and open to the public!  Seats limited, reserve now 413-540-0200

Due to popular demand, the production will be simulcast in Hooker Auditorium at 7:30pm.  There will also be a workshop for students on Wednesday, April 6th at 7:30pm in the New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall.  


Department Tea

Mar. 7, 2016 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Rooke Lobby

10-minute play festival auditions and submissions

Mar. 5, 2016 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mar. 6, 2016 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Rooke Black Box

Auditions: Sides will be provided! if cast, there will be a one-week commitment and a maximum of 3 rehearsals. Performances will be on March 25th and 26th in the evenings. Submissions: Directors and student written 10-minute plays with no more than two characters.

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Theatre Alumnae Career Panel

Mar. 4, 2016 1:15 pm – 4:00 pm
Rooke Lobby

The panelists will include a theatre administration professional with a background in playwriting, theatre history, dramaturgy and education. A costume designer living and working in New York City. As well as an theatre, TV, and film actress living in California.

Fefu and Her Friends

Feb. 25, 2016 7:30 pm
Rooke Theatre

by María Irene Fornés, directed by Noah Tuleja
The number of guests is limited. For reservations, please contact Rooke Theatre Box Office, (413) 538-2406 or
You are cordially invited to join Stephanie (call her Fefu, please) and her seven female friends for an intimate country-house gathering. On the agenda: cocktails; discussions of love, sex, art and philosophy; singing; poetry recitation; kissing; hallucinations; a water fight. Oh, yes, there is also a shotgun, which may or may not be loaded with live ammunition. Performances include Thurs-Sat Feb 25-27 at 7:30pm and Sun Feb 28 at 2pm. 

Crafting a Life in the Arts

Feb. 6, 2016 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Pratt Hall followed by reception at Rooke Theatre

The sixth annual Crafting a Life in the Arts will take place in Pratt Hall. This event brings together accomplished alumnae in the fields of Art Museum, Architecture, Studio Art, Art History, Creative Writing, Dance, Film, Music, and Theater to talk to students about their success in crafting a meaningful and fulfilling career in the arts. It will conclude with a networking reception and refreshments at the Rooke Theatre. Current students can register in LyonNet.

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Crafting a Life in the Arts Lunch & Learn

Feb. 4, 2016 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Blanchard 226

Are you planning to attend Crafting a Life in the Arts? Maybe you have questions about how to network with alumnae and your peers, how to prepare for and what to expect during the event? The Career Development Center is here to help!

Please join the CDC's Ju Hong, Assistant Director, and Dyanne Rousseau, Program Manager for a Lunch and Learn specific to CALA. They'll answer your questions and help you prepare for the afternoon of February 6th. Register in LyonNet.