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    7:30-8:30 p.m., TFMS Open House, Bruce Davis Theater, MH. All welcome to attend!
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    Auditions, Laughing at Life: A Performance of Kyôgen Plays, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Bruce Davis Theater, MH. Open to all students and community members.

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2011 - 2012
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For our assisted hearing patrons: The Bruce Davis Theater is equipped with a hearing assistance system. If you would like assistance, please ask one of the Box Office managers for a receiver when you pick up and pay for your tickets. Students who require a receiver will be asked to leave their student ID at the Box Office until the receiver is returned; non-students will be asked to leave their driver's license.

TFMS Alumni
Where Are They Now?

Megan Rippey

Megan Rippey (class of 2008, B.A. women, gender, and sexuality studies, minor in theater studies) is currently an M.F.A. student in the acting program at the California Institute of the Arts (class of 2013).

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2011-2012 Season and Events


As You Like It

by William Shakespeare
directed by Michael Ellis-Tolaydo


Bruce Davis Theater, Montgomery Hall Fine Arts Center
Oct. 13-15 & 20-22 at 8:00 p.m., Oct. 16 & 23 at 2:00 p.m.
As You Like ItIn the forest of Arden, every- thing turns topsy-turvy and nothing is what it seems to be. Arden is a magical place, set far from the machinations and political rivalries of royal Court life. Here, with a little bit of clowning, disguise, music, and song, the banished, outcast,exiled, and dissenter find refuge, renewal, and love at first sight. With the help of her cousin, Celia, and Touchstone, a fool, the banished Rosalind searches for her exiled mother, the deposed, but rightful, duchess. Disguised as the boy Ganymede, she meets Orlando, whom she loved at Court, but who is now on the run from his treacherous elder brother, Oliver. Smitten by Rosalind in her disguise as Ganymede, Orlando pines melancholically for requited love, and pins his declarations to tree after tree after tree in the forest. Will he find it? In "As You Like It," the heart may be fickle, but Rosalind’s optimism trumps all.

Reservations: To reserve tickets for "As You Like It," contact the Theater Box Office at 240-895-4243 (ext. 4243), or e-mail boxoffice@smcm.edu. Ticket prices are $4 for students, faculty, SMCM staff, senior citizens, and Arts Alliance members; $6 general admission. Patrons must pick up their reserved tickets at the Box Office window by 7:50 p.m. for evening performances and by 1:50 p.m. for matinee performances; otherwise, unclaimed tickets will be released for sale.

St Mary's Hear and Now

an original performance piece
created by guest playwright-director Caleen Sinnette Jennings


Bruce Davis Theater, Montgomery Hall Fine Arts Center
Dec. 7-10 at 8:00 p.m., Dec. 11 at 2:00 p.m.
St. Mary's Hear and Now From June-September 2011, guest playwright-director Caleen Sinnette Jennings of American University interviewed St. Mary's College alumni, faculty, administrators, and current students of varying ethnicities about the black student experience at the college. These discussions have formed the basis of "St. Mary’s Hear and Now," an original play, written by Jennings, on being a black student in the SMCM community. "My goal," Jennings says, "is to represent the scope, complexities, and nuances of the St. Mary's black experience."

An award-winning playwright, Jennings has worked collaboratively with communities of students on original performance work about their experiential living. In "St. Mary’s Hear and Now," the 15 student performers will weave a multicultural and multi-ethnic tapestry of voices in monologues and scenes about the black student experience at the college. Each performance will be followed by a post-show discussion with the audience, as well as the screening of a short documentary by videographer Carl L. Jennings on the play-creation process.

Caleen Sinnette Jennings’s residency and the "St. Mary’s Hear and Now" project are generously supported by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty and by Arts Alliance of St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Reservations: Performance dates and times are as follows: December 7-10 at 8:00 p.m., December 11 at 2:00 p.m. All performances take place in the Bruce Davis Theater, Montgomery Hall, on the SMCM campus. For reservations, call the Theater Box Office at 240-895-4243 (ext. 4243) or e-mail boxoffice@smcm.edu. Patrons must pick up their reserved tickets at the Box Office window by 7:50 p.m. for evening performances and by 1:50 p.m. for matinee performances; otherwise, unclaimed tickets will be released for sale.

Fifth Annual TFMS Film Series: Out of Bounds: Feminist Films and Filmmakers

Weekly Monday evening screenings
February 6, 13, & 20 at 8:15 p.m.
Cole Cinema, Campus Center
Free and open to the public


Out of BoundsEach filmmaker in this year’s series--Yun Suh ("City of Borders"), Jenny Cool ("Home Economics"), and Michèle Stephenson ("Faces of Change")--has distributed the film she will screen and discuss through the seminal feminist film collective, New Day Films (www.newday.com), which has just marked its 40th anniversary. Formed in 1971 by a small group of independent filmmakers who could find no non-theatrical distribution companies willing to distribute their feminist films, New Day was one of the first media collectives to self-distribute its work. With the efforts of founding members Julia Reichert, Jim Klein, Amalie Rothschild, and Liane Brandon, New Day’s films soon helped spread the women’s movement across the country. "The whole idea of distribution," explains Reichert, "was to help the women's movement grow. Films could do that, they could get the ideas out. We could watch the women's movement spread across the country just by who was ordering our films.”

Although much has changed in media distribution since 1971 when early collective members sold their 16 mm film prints themselves, New Day remains committed to distributing film and media content that highlights the diversity of human lived experience.

Collectively, New Day titles have won an Academy Award, been honored with nine Academy Award nominations, won four Emmys, and hundreds of awards at prestigious film festivals. Its films have been broadcast on PBS, HBO, and other media outlets.

The following schedule and filmmaker’s participation are subject to change. Please refer back periodically for updated information.

Yun Suh
Yun Suh
"City of Borders"
Monday, February 6
8:15 p.m., Cole Cinema

Director, producer, writer Yun Suh received training in media production while working as a journalist in broadcast radio and television news for over nine years. She is a founding member of “Apex Express” on KPFA Radio in Berkeley, Calif. (www.apexexpress.wordpress.com), a weekly hour-long magazine show profiling current affairs and arts in the Asian and Asian-American communities. Her journalism nominations include Best Radio Documentary for "Sabra & Shatilla" (2003) on the survivors of the 1982 massacre of Palestinians in Lebanese refugee camps, and an Emmy nomination for news feature, "Comfort Women" (2001), a story of an illiterate Korean woman who paints to break her 50-year silence on being forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army.

Prior to her career in journalism, Suh studied biology, psychology, and poetry at the University of California, Berkeley, where she has taught Arab, Asian, and African poetry. Suh’s own poetry has been anthologized in several books, including two volumes for the National Library of Poetry.

Co-president of Asian Women United (AWU) of California (www.asianwomenunited.org), a video production and publications collective of Asian-American women’s experiences and varied cultural heritages, Suh has recently produced Elaine Kim’s "Slaying the Dragon: Reloaded" (2011), a film on the representations of Asian women in the media. She is currently developing a documentary set in India.

"City of Borders" (2009) follows the underground community at the only gay bar in Jerusalem, the Shushan, where people of opposing nationalities and religions create a sanctuary for people typically viewed as each other’s “enemy.” Set against the construction of the separation wall between Israel and the Palestinian territories and the struggle for a gay pride parade in the Holy City, five interwoven stories reveal the contradictions and complexities in the gay communities’ struggles for acceptance. The film premiered at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival, where it won a special Teddy (Audience) Award, and was broadcast on PBS stations nationwide in 2010.

Jenny CoolJenny Cool
"Home Economics: a documentary of suburbia"
Monday, February 13
8:15 p.m., Cole Cinema

Jenny Cool is a social anthropologist and ethnographic filmmaker whose work focuses on cultural production and reproduction in the U.S. and on dominant social imaginaries, such as the American dream of homeownership and the narrative of social revolution through technology. The first is the subject of her film "Home Economics: a documentary of suburbia," which premiered nationally on the PBS Television series POV in 1995. The second is the focus of her current work on the ethnography and cultural history of networked social media.

Born in the Philippines and raised in South and Southeast Asia, Cool has worked in new media since 1992 when she wrote and produced chapters for Evolution/Revolution, part of the Columbus Project, a milestone multimedia title now on permanent display at the Library of Congress. From 1993 to 2003, she lived and worked as a participant-observer in Cyborganic, an intentional community of web geeks whose members brought Wired magazine online, launched Hotwired, the first ad-supported online magazine, led the open source Apache project, and staffed and started dozens of Internet enterprises, such as Craig's List, during the first phase of the Web's development as a popular platform. She has produced web media for Simon and Schuster and Institute for the Future, was a senior producer at Netscape, and from 1999-2001 served as Director of New Media for Disney/ABC Cable Networks.

Cool’s fields include digital media, Internet culture, ethnographic filmmaking, critical theories of representation, and feminist theory. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Visual Anthropology at the University of Southern California (USC), where she teaches video production in the MA program in visual anthropology. Cool holds a B.A. from Harvard, an M.A. in visual anthropology from USC, and a Ph.D. in anthropology, also from USC.

“Home Economics” (1994) takes an anthropological look at the American dream of homeownership in the suburban “edge city” of Antelope Valley, 55 miles outside of Los Angeles. In interviews, two working mothers and a teenager speak about their lives, touching on a range of issues, including racism, the meanings of home, family, and neighborhood, and the social and relational tolls of lengthy commutes. Author George Marcus has said of Cool’s film, “[A] wonderful piece of contemporary Americana. . . . This video constructs and documents . . . the self-delusive discourse in the contemporary reaches of distinctly American aspiration.”

Web links for Jenny Cool: http://cool.org/portfolio/ and http://coolstudios.com/

Michèle StephensonMichele Stephenson
"Faces of Change"
Monday, February 20
8:15 p.m., Cole Cinema

For over 15 years, Haitian-Panamanian filmmaker Michèle Stephenson has produced non-fiction film and new media, using her international experience as a human rights attorney to tackle stories on communities of color and human rights. In addition to feature-length documentary films, Stephenson has used video and the Internet to structure human rights campaigns and train people from across the globe in video Internet advocacy. Her work has appeared on PBS, Showtime, MTV, and other broadcast, cable, and digital outlets. She is co-founder with her partner, Joe Brewster, of Rada Film Group (www.radafilm.com), which produces and directs its own independent media, as well as works with companies and non-profit organizations to develop and produce new media for the web and narratives and documentaries for advocacy, broadcast, and theatrical release.  

Stephenson and her work have received numerous international honors, including the Diversity Award, SilverDocs International Documentary Film Festival; the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film and Digital Media, Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary, Best Documentary, PATOIS: The New Orleans Human Rights Film Festival; Best Short Film, Montréal Haitian International Film Festival; and Best Film Directed by a Woman of Color, ADFF. Stephenson and Brewster are currently co-directing "An American Promise," a 12-year longitudinal documentary about the experiences of two African-American boys and their families at an elite prep school from kindergarten through high school graduation.

"Faces of Change" (2005) highlights the story of five local activists from five different continents who relay unique video dispatches from their respective corners of the world. From their communities in Brazil, India, Mauritania, Bulgaria, and the United States, they go behind the camera to find a voice denied them because of their social, racial, gender, or ethnic background.

(Yun Suh and Michèle Stephenson's biographies and the short history of New Day Films are courtesy of the New Day Films web site, www.newday.com.)

The Department of Theater, Film, and Media Studies would like to thank the following for their generous support of the Fifth Annual TFMS Film Series: Lecture and Fine Arts of St. Mary's College of Maryland; the departments of English and political science at St. Mary’s College of Maryland; and women, gender, and sexuality studies and Asian studies at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

The Big Picture App?

an original, collaborative performance project
conceived and directed by Merideth Taylor


Bruce Davis Theater, Montgomery Hall Fine Arts Center
March 29-31 & April 5-7 at 8:00 p.m., April 1 & 7 at 2:00 p.m.
The Big Picture App?It’s been 22 years since "The Big Picture" hit the boards – an original, collaborative performance project between professor of theater and dance, Merideth Taylor, and student writers-performers that focused on timely topical and local social justice issues. "The Bigger Picture" (1995) and "Crossroads: On Common Ground" (1999) soon followed. "The Big Picture App?," Taylor’s latest and final project, explores similar themes, and was borne from initial work by students in her fall 2011 production context course, “The Art of Happening” – a course that examined experimental performance from the Happenings of the 1960s to the Flash Mobs of today through movement improvisation, theater games, creative writing, dance, and mask work. The cast of "The Big Picture App?," including those additional performers not directly involved in the semester-long course, have generated the final performance piece: original, cutting-edge theater about YOU. (Please note: There are two performances--matinee and evening--on Saturday, April 7.)

Reservations: To reserve tickets for "The Big Picture App?," contact the Theater Box Office at 240-895-4243 (ext. 4243), or e-mail boxoffice@smcm.edu. Ticket prices are $4 for students, faculty, SMCM staff, senior citizens, and Arts Alliance members; $6 general admission. Patrons must pick up their reserved tickets at the Box Office window by 7:50 p.m. for evening performances and by 1:50 p.m. for matinee performances; otherwise, unclaimed tickets will be released for sale.
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