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Vasey Valentines: Lauren & Ryan

  Hear from Lauren Sullivan (’11) and former Villanova Theatre Box Office Manager Ryan Kirchner (’11). Lauren may not have been able to score tickets to Metamorphoses, but little did she know she would be scoring her husband in the process. Lauren: Ryan and I met at Villanova in ACS class in CEER, or in…

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Vasey Valentines: Michael and Lauren

Hear from Lauren Davenport (’15) and Michael Hamlet (Villanova Theatre Master Electrician), two talented techies who light up each other’s lives! How did you meet? I was a first year set assistant and he was and is the Master Electrician. We met on the first day of light training in August of 2013. What was…

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Vasey Valentines: Barby & Michael

Hear from beloved dance instructor and choreographer Barby Hobyak Roche (VU BA, BS ’88) about how she did a double-take when she first saw her husband Michael Roche (VU MA ’99) in the stairwell in Vasey Hall.  Their love and enthusiasm for each other is palpable – and perhaps that’s why they don’t seem to…

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Vasey Valentines: Josette and Steve

In honor of our upcoming production of She Loves Me on stage Nov. 6th-18th, we’re collecting stories from couples whose relationships began in the hallowed halls of Vasey, on stage, in the classroom, or behind-the-scenes. We’ve got plenty of love stories in our archives, and we’re spotlighting just a few in a series we’re calling Vasey Valentines.…

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Vasey Valentines: Chris & Laura

In honor of our upcoming production of She Loves Me on stage Nov. 6th-18th, we’re collecting stories from couples whose relationships began in the hallowed halls of Vasey, on stage, in the classroom, or behind-the-scenes. We’ve got plenty of love stories in our archives, and we’re spotlighting just a few in a series we’re calling Vasey Valentines.…

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We’re still here. We’re still reading.

By CJ Miller I walk in mostly because of the name. Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books. An interesting, quirky name along with two of my favorite things, coffee and books. I like to walk around and make assumptions about the lives of people based on the books they’re reading. It’s pretty judgmental and elitist and…

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Adventures in New Play Development

 Enjoy this insight from Dramaturg Ellen “Dash” Walter on her collaboration with playwright Douglas Carter Beane.  Villanova’s Graduate Theatre Department offers an outstanding annual platform for a student dramaturg to work alongside a playwright of stature in developing a new work in the early stages of creation. Because every playwright has a unique way of…

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Music in MUCH ADO

Hey, Nonny Nonny? A brief introduction into popular music of Shakespeare’s time and today’s interpretations from our dramaturg. First off, Hey, Nonny Nonny. The phrase “Heigh, heigh a nonny-no,” appears in other songs and poems of the Early Modern period. It is present in English, Irish, and Scottish folk songs. It’s silly and trivial. Why should I pay attention? Act 2.3…

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Masquerade in Messina

Dramaturg Alexandra Curth discusses the use of masks in Much Ado About Nothing. For more information from Alexandra, click here. Much Ado is set in Messina, Italy, which is a harbor city in northeast Sicily. The lush atmosphere lends itself to a world of beauty and repose. As Don Pedro, the Prince of Aragon, and his men return…

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A Post-Electric Play

Dramaturg Ann Marley shares what the world will look like after electricity below! What’s Happening in the MR. BURNS Apocalypse?   POWER OUTAGE The initial problem in this apocalypse is the collapse of the electronic grid. The loss of electricity would see the deaths of thousands. We need electricity for water and can only survive for…

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