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MFA Lab Series

The MFA Lab series matches excellent young theatre directors from Northwestern’s MFA program with emerging designers from its partner MFA program in stage design for exciting and unexpected collaborations. These artists are the next wave, given the freedom to create together on bold, risk-taking productions of plays by today’s most groundbreaking writers.

The Glass Menagerie
Available On-Demand JAN 8-10
This refreshing new take on Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie is told through the lens of a Chinese American family. Set in St. Louis in 1937, Tom Wingfield, an aspiring poet recalls the memories of his mother and sister. Tom’s father ran off years ago and, except for one postcard, has not been heard from since…until now.  This audio drama will include images of the final set and costumes designed by M.F.A. students that were captured in the fall.  The Glass Menagerie is directed by MFA directing student Alvin Chan.
Vision and Voices, a Black Playwrights Reading Series Continues
Available On-Demand JAN 22–24, FEB 5 -7, and FEB 12–14
The Black Playwrights Reading Series presented by the Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts and features first year Master of Fine Arts directing students and undergraduate and graduate actors.  The three plays were chosen by the directors in consultation with faculty and the center’s managing director from among hundreds and hundreds of scripts some which are familiar and others that deserve a wider audience and center around Racism in America, Police Brutality, Anti-Blackness, the Fight for Justice, and the Celebration of Black Lives.
  • Jan 22-24: A Few Short Plays to Save The World and What You Did by Steve Harper, directed by Tor Campbell
  • Feb 5-7: Encore presentation of Wine in the Wilderness, by Alice Childress, directed by Jasmine B. Gunter
  • Feb 12-14: The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World AKA the Negro Book of the Dead by Suzan Lori-Parks, directed by Manna-Symone Middlebrooks