Outreach Programs

Theatre Symposiums

The Reed Special Programs office makes available to area high school students and teachers complimentary tickets on designated dates for both the fall and spring faculty-directed Theatre Department productions at the Reed Studio Theatre in our new Performaning Arts Building.

Directly following the production, the department offers a “talk back” of the play to the high school students and faculty in attendance. The discussion lasts between 15 and 20 minutes and includes the faculty director, as well as members of the cast and technical crew.

We strongly encourage teachers to accompany their students and ask that teachers make all reservations. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis and should be made only for the number of students and teachers who are certain to attend.

For information on how to make online reservations for complimentary tickets, please email the special programs office:  special_programs@reed.edu.

Spring 2015 Production

The Bald Soprano
Directed by Kate Bredeson,
Assistant Professor of Theatre

The Lesson
Directed by Reed senior Gracie Rittenberg

Thursday, April 16 @ 7:30 p.m.
Diver Studio Theatre

Performing Arts Building

In 1950 The Bald Soprano crashed onto the Paris stage, unknowingly kicking off a new wave of French dramatic writing that would be later called both "the new theatre" and "the theatre of the absurd." In The Bald Soprano, Romanian-born Ionesco, writing in French about a "typical" English couple, brashly depicts what happens when the world goes awry but retains its veneer of normalcy. In Ionesco’s radical romp, language degenerates, time short circuits, and a sassy maid welcomes the town fire chief for a memorable visit. Reed Theatre presents The Bald Soprano alongside Ionesco’s 1951 The Lesson, a dark academic comedy directed by thesis candidate Gracie Rittenberg ’15. Both plays invite questions about time, language, and how we cope in worlds that no longer make any sense at all.

Directions to the Reed theatre building.


Office of Special Programs