Box Office Directions and Tickets
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.
- 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.
2019-20 Season Announcement
As the February 21st opening of “The Importance of Being Earnest” gets closer, and with preparations for April’s “When We Were Young and Unafraid” already underway, I thought this would be an ideal time to announce what we have in store for our 2019-2020 season.
The season opens with Kate Hamill’s rollicking adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” the classic tale of terrible first impressions, powerful social hierarchies, and the games people play all in the name of love — and money (October 18-20). “Kate Hamill…has a gift for condensing three-volume novels into galloping two-act plays. Her screwball ‘Pride and Prejudice’ …is as frolicsome as her earlier efforts. It hasn’t met a rib it can’t tickle.” — The New York Times. Hamill’s play is directed by Katy Gore ’20.
Next up we have Qui Nguyen’s “She Kills Monsters” (November 21-24). After Tilly dies unexpectedly, her older sister, Agnes, finds her Dungeon & Dragons notebook … and so begins a journey through grief like nothing you have ever seen, complete with fairies, orcs, sword fights and dragons. Here’s an adventure for any of us who have ever rolled a twenty-sided die or wished we had. Directing is Noah Tuleja, Lecturer and Director of Theatre.
We open the spring term with “Lizzie: The Musical” (February 27-March 1). This raucous four-woman rock opera from Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer, Alan Stevens Hewitt and Tim Maner delves into the Lizzie Borden myth and has been hailed by critics both here and abroad. “We came for splattered red, for madness and mayhem, and Lizzie Borden more than delivers.” — Show Business Weekly. The piece is directed by our Visiting Lecturer, Michael Ofori.
We close out the season with Susanna Centlivre’s comedy “The Wonder: A Woman Keeps a Secret” (April 23-26). Faced with an unwanted marriage Isabella does the sensible thing — she jumps out of her window and escapes. Friend Violante must hide her and keep her secret, despite ever-increasing danger. This clever critique of tyrannical patriarchy by one of England’s earliest professional female playwrights proved to be one of the most popular works of the eighteenth-century English stage. Directing this production is Sophie Kitch-Peck ’20.
It promises to 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 2019/2020 academic year.
Noah Tuleja, Director of Rooke Theatre
Performances are in the Rooke Theatre on the Mount Holyoke College campus.
“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