The Theater Season

Box Office Directions and Tickets

413-538-2406
rookeboxoffice@gmail.com

From the South
Travel north on Interstate 91 to Route 202 (Exit 16, Holyoke/South Hadley). Head north on 202 through Holyoke across the Connecticut River, and around the rotary to the exit marked South Hadley Center-Amherst, Route 116 north. The College is approximately 2.5 miles from the exit.

From the North
Travel south on Interstate 91, take Exit 16, and follow the directions above. From the Massachusetts Turnpike, east or west: Take Exit 5 (Holyoke/Chicopee) and bear to the right. At the end of the ramp, turn left on Route 33 for five miles to Route 116. Turn right onto 116 and drive approximately 1.5 miles north to the College. Rooke Theatre at Mount Holyoke College is located at the south end of the campus. Turn off Rt. 116 onto Morgan St. The Theater is the second building on the left.

  • Parking: Refer to the campus map for directions to the College and the Theater's actual location on campus. There is a parking lot diagonally across from the theater off Morgan Street.

Tickets

  • The box office opens on the Monday of the production. Hours are 3:00 to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday and 90 minutes prior to each performance.
  • Performances are usually Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 pm with matinees on Sunday at 2 pm.
  • Tickets and Reservations: Purchase your tickets now. for most performances are $8.00 for general admission and $5.00 for students and senior citizens.

2018-19 Season Announcement

April 2018

I am pleased to announce Rooke Theatre's 2018-2019 selection of plays.

We will open the season with Susan Glaspell's one-act piece "Trifles" (October 18-21 ). An important 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?"  It will be directed by Brianna Sloane.

Next up, we will have Emily Mann's adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca's tragic 1936 masterpiece "The House of Bernarda Alba" (December 6-9). 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. This production will be directed by Miranda Wheeler '19.

We open the spring term with Oscar Wilde's joyous late Victorian romp "The Importance of Being Earnest" (February 21-24). Considered one of the greatest comedies of the English-language stage, this play of false identities and fiction vs. truth is a delight for all audiences. At the helm is Director of Rooke Theatre and Lecturer in Acting and Directing, Noah Tuleja.

We will close out the season with Sarah Treem's recent play, "When We Were Young and Unafraid" (April 11-14). It is 1972 and Agnes has turned her bed and breakfast into a shelter for abused women. We follow her, her daughter, and the women who come to seek refuge as they struggle with their footing in a rapidly shifting political landscape: "Ms. Treem ... finds the feminist flux and foment in an era that has been more traditionally presented as comically awkward and quaint. She has come up with a smart and exciting premise to bring characters of different backgrounds-and different notions of what it means to be a woman at a pivotal historical moment-into proximity and conflict." (New York Times). This production will be directed by Abby Carroll '19.

Plus ...

We will be hosting Keith Hamilton Cobb, who brings his thought-provoking and acclaimed one­ man show "American Moor" to Rooke Theatre from November 8-11. 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?  Both actor and director will be in residence at Mount Holyoke that entire week; watch for announcements of talks, presentations, and other opportunities to meet with them.

It should be an exciting season and we hope to see many of you at Rooke throughout the year. Be on the lookout for more information on talkbacks and special programming for our regular season as we begin the 2018/2019 academic year.

Sincerely,

Noah Tuleja, Director of Rooke Theatre

Fall 2018 — Spring 2019

Performances are in the Rooke Theatre on the Mount Holyoke College campus.

Fall Semester

Trifles by Susan Glaspell, directed by Brianna Sloane
October 18-20 at 7:30 pm and October 21 at 2:00 pm
An important 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?"

Special Event: We will be hosting Keith Hamilton Cobb, who brings his thought-provoking and acclaimed one­ man show "American Moor" to Rooke Theatre from November 8-11. Learn more.

The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca, adapted by Emily Mann, directed by Miranda Wheeler '19
December 6-8 at 7:30 pm and December 9 at 2:00 pm
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.

Spring Semester

The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde, directed by Noah Tuleja
February 21-23, 2019 at 7:30 pm and Feburary 24 at 2:00 pm
Considered one of the greatest comedies of the English-language stage, this play of false identities and fiction vs. truth is a delight for all audiences.

When We Were Young and Unafraid by Sarah Treem, directed by Abby Carroll '19
April 11-13 at 7:30 pm and April 14 at 2:00 pm
Treem "finds the feminist flux and foment in an era that has been more traditionally presented as comically awkward and quaint.  She has come up with a smart and exciting premise to bring characters of different backgrounds-and different notions of what it means to be a women at a pivotal historical moment-into proximity and conflict." - New York Times