Meet the Cast: Tina Lynch (Agave in BEGINNING)

Production dramaturg Zach Apony interviewed a number of our graduate students who appear in Bakkhai Variations. Enjoy this profile on Tina Lynch who is pursuing her thesis as Agave in Jessica Bedford’s Beginning. Reblogged from Zach Apony’s dramaturgy blog found here. 1. When you found out you were cast in this role, what were you excited about? I LOVE…

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Meet the Cast: Lora Margerum (Semele in BEGINNING)

Production dramaturg Zach Apony interviewed a number of graduate students who appear in Bakkhai Variations. Enjoy this profile on Lora Margerum who is pursuing her thesis as Semele in Jessica Bedford’s Beginning. Reblogged from Zach Apony’s dramaturgy blog found here. 1. When you found out you were cast in this role, what were you excited…

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“I Killed a Lion” Origin Story and Lyric

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)

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!

(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!

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

​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

“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

“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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Orlando: Discovering Who You Are

This week, Orlando dramaturg Ilia Campbell shares her thoughts and ruminations on Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation of this Virginia Woolf masterpiece: One of the reasons I love Orlando is the way in which the piece centers on Orlando’s search for identity throughout the narrative. Orlando struggles with feelings of depression, listlessness, and anxiety throughout the play,…

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