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Congratulations to the cast and crew of “Hamletmachine”

Hamletmachine concluded a successful sold-out run on November 15. Congratulations to the cast and crew of on a job well done! If you didn't get a chance to see the show, we can offer you the next best thing: View performance photos, the development of the production, and a fun time-lapse sequence of the strike.

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Spotlight on Faculty: Gwenyth Dobie

Gwenyth Dobie is an Associate Professor at the Department of Theatre. She teaches movement for actors and devised theatre. Last year, she directed the Theatre @ York production of The Beggar’s Opera. This year, she is on sabbatical and working on “Butterfly: a study interactive” and her next complete work “Rallentando- a restoration”

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Spotlight on Alumni: Aris Athanasopoulos

This month, actor Aris Athanasopoulos (BFA 2007) will be playing Spinoza in New Jerusalem by David Ives at the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company. In this spotlight, Aris shares stories of his career so far and his thoughts on what made his time at York special. While he's at it, he's got some great advice for current students, those about to graduate and recent alums. Read More

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Spotlight on Faculty: Don Rubin

Don Rubin, whose specialization is Theatre Studies—in particular aesthetics, criticism, Canadian theatre, and modern drama—has been teaching in the Dept. of Theatre since it's very first days. He sat down to discuss his work, how he came to York, and the response to the conference on the Shakespeare Authorship Question that he hosted this Fall. Read More

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Find out “Who is Ashley?” in the Ashley Plays on Sunday, October 26th

The Ashley Plays are an annual series of short monodramas written and performed by students in the Playwriting & New Play Dramaturgy 4290 class. Each playwright is required to write a monodrama inspired by their assigned site and several given circumstances. The short plays are then developed with class dramaturgs. These site-specific performances will take place in nine locations in the Centre for Film & Theatre. The audience will be led through the plays in two groups by guides from the Playwriting & New Play Dramaturgy 3290 class. The Ashley Plays contributor and publicity crew member Andrew Murdoch fills us in on this annual site specific theatrical event at York... READ MORE

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Hamletmachine Mines Shakespeare to Explore Anarchy, Freedom, and Violence

Hamletmachine, directed by Paul Lampert, is Theatre @ York’s first mounted show of the 2014/15 season. Written in 1977, Heiner Muller's postmodern drama is loosely based on Hamlet by William Shakespeare. Theatre@York's adaptation of the text explores revolutions and rebellions from the 1960s to the 2000s. Are there points in our lives when we are Hamlet, raging against the machine that we are a part of? What prompts these rebellions? How do we find identity through rebelling?

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