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Meet the Cast: Lora Margerum (Semele in BEGINNING)

Oct 29, 2020

1. When you found out you were cast in this role, what were you excited about? What performance opportunities immediately flooded into your mind? First, I was ecstatic to be able to work with James! I was an ASM on last season and getting to watch that production evolve was simply magical, so the chance…

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“I Killed a Lion” Origin Story and Lyric

Oct 27, 2020

In late September, Artistic Director Michael Hollinger sent a text to Bakkhai Variations Supervising Director James Ijames:   I woke up in the middle of the night last night with an idea for a song that could be played over whatever closing credits the composite BV film may require. Would you be open to this? Got up and…

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Meet the Designer: Anna Sorrentino (’21)

Oct 21, 2020

In pursuit of her Master’s thesis, graduate student Anna Sorrentino has undertaken the monumental task of designing for the sweeping creative undertaking BAKKHAI VARIATIONS. What’s it like designing for five plays instead of one as the sole student designer? Hear from this incredibly talented rising star as she is interviewed by Dramaturg Zach Apony. What…

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Meet the Dramaturgs!

Sep 8, 2020

(Reblogged from Zach Apony’s Dramaturgical Website) Villanova Theatre deploys dramaturgs (theatre artists focused on the literary, historical, and current context of plays) in two different capacities: production and education. Below, the two dramaturgs working on Bakkhai Variations will introduce themselves. Hello, everyone! My name is Zach Apony and I am serving as Production Dramaturg for Bakkhai Variations. I…

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Come on and Zoom!

May 11, 2020

Ain’t no party like a Zoom party ’cause the zoom parties don’t stop (or at least it seems that way these days). Get festive on your next video call by adding one of our fun theatrical backgrounds to create some artsy ambience. We hope you enjoy this fun collection of photos that span from this…

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Interviewing MIDSUMMER Director Ed Sobel

Nov 19, 2019

​by Jay A. Kimberley Villanova University Theatre is home to some of the most innovative and passionate theatre makers in the Philadelphia area. From the classroom to the stage, students are challenged to perform as both artists and scholars. Driving this call to excellence are professors like director Ed Sobel, who challenge the student body daily…

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A Midsemester Night’s Dream: Zombies and Monsters

Oct 29, 2019

“I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was.” As they enter the woods outside of Athens, the characters of A Midsummer Night’s Dream begin to experience events so strange that they become unsure of what is reality and what is…

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A Midsemester Night’s Dream: Virtual Insanity

Oct 22, 2019

“I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was.” As they enter the woods outside of Athens, the characters of A Midsummer Night’s Dream begin to experience events so strange that they become unsure of what is reality and what is…

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