Students in CCM’s Department of Drama flex their writing, editing, designing, directing and acting muscles with the 2014 TRANSMIGRATION Festival of Student-Created New Works, taking place March 6-8 throughout CCM Village. Admission is free, but reservations are required.
The sixth-annual festival allows audiences to experience half-hour works produced by small groups of drama majors, who create all aspects of their productions from start to finish.
“As a faculty member, I’m making an active effort to stay out of their way,” says Brant Russell, Assistant Professor of Drama and producer of this year’s TRANSMIGRATION Festival. “The audience will get a real sense of what our students are reacting to in their world, and we want that rawness to come through in each show.”
TRANSMIGRATION came into being in response to the dynamic careers of today’s professional actors. “There are two very important lessons TRANSMIGRATION gives us the opportunity to learn,” asserts Shaun Sutton, senior drama major from Overland Park, Kansas. “First, we don’t choose our groups – they’re assigned. It’s important for us to learn how to negotiate and work with new people in a medium we’re all so passionate about. Second, in the world of YouTube and Vine where anyone can be an actor, we need to develop our skills to tell a more powerful story. TRANSMIGRATION is our time to play with an unprecedented lack of structure in an intense professional training program.”
Each year, TRANSMIGRATION is different. This year’s shows include a soundscape in a dark room, a piece about dream creation, the story of a cosmic post office box and a work about community and sticking to your roots. See below for more information on this year’s original works.
The TRANSMIGRATION Festival celebrates the diversity of programming at CCM. “CCM is a mirror of New York City,” comments Russell. “If Mainstage performances are Broadway, TRANSMIGRATION is the hot show on the lower East Side.”
TRANSMIGRATION gives students real-world creative experiences that will last and develop through the rest of their careers. “This is a beautiful project with beautiful people,” explains Sutton. “We’re playing, learning and growing, not only as artists, but as people.”
Audience members will have the opportunity to customize their evening of theater experiences by choosing to watch as many as four different productions, which are performed simultaneously in non-traditional spaces throughout CCM’s Corbett Center for the Performing Arts.
TRANSMIGRATION 2014 ORIGINAL WORKS
The 17th Annual Snipes, Arkansas, Harvest Festival
Description: You’re invited to the 17th Annual Snipes, Arkansas, Harvest Festival. Make sure to bake your favorite pie and come on down and have a swingin’ time! Make sure to come watch the telling of our town’s founding! Especially fit for the littluns. See y’all there!
Featuring: Bartley Booz, Bailie Breaux, Arielle DeVersterre, Alex Escher, Ryan Garrett, Annie Grove, AC Horton and Shaun Sutton.
4755 Corbett Center
- 7 and 7:45 p.m. Thursday, March 6
- 7 and 7:45 p.m. Friday, March 7
- 7 and 7:45 p.m. Saturday, March 8
Dreams R Us: Tonight’s Answers to Tomorrow’s Questions
Description: Dreams are portals to the imaginative land of our subconscious. We at Dreams R Us strive to facilitate your unconscious mind in a healthy, controlled manner. Here in our facilities our friendly and experienced staff construct your dream profile based on your own personal needs or desires. After filling out a quick survey, we will be able to accurately assess and place you in the realm best suited for you, influenced by your pre-sleep state of mind. Dreams R Us is not liable for morphing or adverse reaction on dreams as dream content is shaped by unconscious wish fulfillment. Happy dreaming!
Featuring: Keisha Kemper, Connor Lawrence, Mary Malloy, Megan Marshall, Sharon Ngugi, Alison Sluiter, Emily Walton and Trey Wright.
4735 Corbett Center
- 7:45 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6
- 7:45 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 7
- 7:45 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8
P.O. 11259: Sincerely Yours
Description: Seeking closure? Redemption? Look no further! P.O. 11259, Brooklyn, NY, connects you to lands beyond providing you a very special service: the ability to send one letter. Just one. Whether it’s the one you wished you’d sent, or the last one of many, this P.O. Box allows you to tie up loose ends and finish any unfinished business. P.O. Box 11259: have the last word.
Featuring: Jaclyn Chantel, Hannah Halvorson, Spencer Lackey, Laura McCarthy, Fabiola Rodriguez and Anna Stapleton.
4755 Corbett Center
- 8:30 and 9:15 p.m. Thursday, March 6
- 8:30 and 9:15 p.m. Friday, March 7
- 8:30 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, March 8
MISFIT: In Loving Memory of My High School Hell
Description: High school has one rule: survival of the fittest. I once knew a boy on the bottom of the food chain. He escaped his environment and began to adapt. Years later he is reunited with his old predators.
Featuring: Dane Becker, Christian Carey, Clare Combest, Sarah Davenport, Colleen Ladrick, Kathryn Langham, John Patrick Maddock, Madeline McKenzie, Devan Pruitt, Michaela Tropeano, Nathan Wallace and Brandon Wiles.
4735 Corbett Center
- 7 and 9:15 p.m. Thursday, March 6
- 7 and 9:15 p.m. Friday, March 7
- 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, March 8
COMPLEX: A Structure of Sound, An Organism of Vibrations
Description: The complex is alive. It is a breathing, feeling, thinking organism that is assembled of its inhabitants. Words mean nothing in the world of the complex. Only sound as it pertains to the environment exists in this apartment building. Only music is used to express the desires, personalities and feelings of its tenants. All of these denizens lead radically different lives. Each of them goes about their individual routines. Each focus on their private sufferings, and each remain isolated by the walls around and between them. But are their respective conflicts so different, or are they all suffering from the same dilemma? Is each player on the stage isolated, or is it all just an illusion? Listen, and see.
Featuring: Syndey Ashe, William Brown, Zach Crowley, Colin Edgar, Andrew Iannacci, Paige Jordan, Katie McDonald, John Odom and Carli Rhoades.
3705 Corbett Center
- 7 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6
- 7 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 7
- 7 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8
Ever Mine. Ever Thine. Ever Ours: Things We Do for Those We Love
Description: How far are we willing to go for those we love? Romantic love can never be put into words, try as people will. We use words as a way to express ourselves, but it is never enough.
This show will uncover the true nature of love beyond words. Let us define what seems to be indefinable through physical storytelling, using every one of the senses to tell the tale of one couple’s journey to find each other. And themselves.
Featuring: Owen Alderson, Rachel Baumgarten, Spencer House, Joe Markesbery, Julia Netzer, Alice Skok, Sarah Vargo and Garrett Walters.
3705 Corbett Center
- 7:45 and 9:15 p.m. Thursday, March 6
- 7:45 and 9:15 p.m. Friday, March 7
- 7:45 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, March 8
TRANSMIGRATION Festival Start Times
- 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6
- 7 p.m. Friday, March 7
- 7 p.m. Saturday, March 8
Various locations throughout CCM Village. See production descriptions for specifics.
Admission is free, but reservations are required. Visit the CCM box office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.
Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.
For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.
For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
CCM Season Presenting Sponsor & Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
Drama Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman and Margaret Straub
Community Partner: ArtsWave