The Domino Players
Albright College’s resident theatre company, comprised of students and faculty, engage in sytlistic, cutting-edge, avant-garde performances of both contemporary and traditional theatre.
“I’ve been around the block, and have seen all of the festival productions since 2000. And I look forward to what Albright brings to festivals each year, because they set the high bar for others.” — Gregg Henry, artistic director of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival
The art of creating theatre enjoys a rich tradition at Albright College thanks to the ongoing efforts of its resident company, the Domino Players. For almost a century, the Domino Players have served college and community audiences alike with bold and brilliant productions of dramatic works that span the literary canon of western theatre. From its humble beginnings as a fledgling troupe of theatre practitioners, through its artistic renaissance under the award-winning and visionary guidance of Dr. Lynn Morrow (pinnacled by a Fringe First Award at the 1989 Edinburgh Festival for her production of Edward Albee’s “The Man Who Had Three Arms”), into its present incarnation as the nationally recognized producing arm of Albright College’s Theatre Department. This powerhouse ensemble continues to support the creative efforts of student theatre artists both on and offstage with an annual main stage season of four diverse productions in our 274-seat Wachovia Theatre, located in Albright’s Center for the Arts (CFA).
“This year’s season taught me that theatrical art truly can be effective in communicating social problems. It proved to me that what I desire to do with theatre is not only possible, it is very much needed.” — Autumn Blalock ’20, theatre/psychology major
“It’s changed the way I interact with the world and with other people.” — Miranda Holliday ’20, politics science/theatre major
“C’mon America, or, Hindsight is 2020” by the cast & crew, directed by Matt Fotis, Oct. 30-Nov 2, 2020
“The Importance of Being Earnest,” by Oscar Wilde, directed by Jeff Lentz, February 2021
“Romeo & Juliet,” by William Shakespeare, directed by Dahlia Al-Habieli, April 2021
“Everybody” by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Simon Stephens
“Life is a Dream” by Pedro Calderón de la Barca
“Scene Changes,” a festival of new written student works
“Mosaic,” devised by the Domino Players
“A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry
“America: The Play! The Play About America” by Matt Fotis
“Sweeney Todd” by Stephen Sondheim
“Constellations” by Nick Payne
“Candide” by Leonard Bernstein and Richard Wilbur
“Almost, Maine” by John Cariani
“The Liar” by David Ives, adapted from Pierre Corneille
“Doubt” by John Patrick Shanley, directed by Alexis Jenofsky ’17
“Make Democracy Great Again!” by Matt Fotis
“Intimate Apparel” by Lynn Nottage
“The Pirates of Penzance” by Gilbert and Sullivan
“Marybeth Mary Roth” by Matt Fotis
“Clybourne Park” by Bruce Norris
“4.48 Psychosis” by Sarah Kane, directed by Sarah Crake ’16
“norway.today” by Igor Bauersima, directed by Connor Feeney ’16
“Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare
“Devious Laughter,” a festival of short plays from the Theatre of the Absurd
“The Ubu Saga, Part III: Maelstrom” by Jeffrey Lentz and Cocol Bernal
“The Masque of Beauty and the Beast” by Michael Elliot Brill, directed by Danny Campos ’05
“Brighton Beach Memoirs” by Neil Simon
“God of Carnage” by Yazmina Reza
“The Ubu Saga, Part II: Vortex” by Jeffrey Lentz and Cocol Bernal
“The Shape of Things” by Neil Lebute, directed by Sheldon Carpenter ’14
“Dancing at Lughnasa” by Brian Friel
“Bobrauschenbergamerica” by Charles Mee
“Bedroom Farce: by Alan Ayckbourn
“Short and Sweet,” a festival of original, ten-minute plays
“Ordinary Days,” music and lyrics by Adam Gwon
“King Lear” by William Shakespeare
“Baby with the Bathwater” by Christopher Durang, directed by Shannon Rowe ’12
“Arcadia” by Tom Stoppard
“On the Verge” by Eric Overmyer
“A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams
“The Arabian Nights” by Mary Zimmerman
“Eurydice” by Sarah Ruhl
“Another Part of the Forest” by Lillian Hellman
“Random Acts of Karma,” a festival of contemporary American one-act plays
The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival has invited Domino Players productions as showcase performances in the following Region II Festivals:
2007: “Waiting for Godot”
2009: “Love’s Labour’s Lost”
2013: “A Streetcar Named Desire”
2016 “Clybourne Park”
2017: “Make Democracy Great Again!”*
2019: “A Raisin in the Sun”
2020: “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”
*Denotes an original production
In 2007, the Domino Players production of “Waiting for Godot” was chosen by the national selection committee for performance in April at the Kennedy Center for the National KCACTF Conference, one of only four college productions selected for that honor.
In 2016, the Domino Players production of “Clybourne Park” was named as the “Outstanding Production of a Play” by the National KCACTF Awards Committee, essentially naming it the best college production of the year.
Given our vibrant artistic community, it’s little wonder that the creative art of the theatre extends far beyond the main stage of The Domino Players. The Domino Players Studio is a student-run producing organization whose mission is to provide support and guidance for Albright’s young theatre artists. DP Studio accomplishes their mission via an ongoing series of pre-professional workshops and seminars in the areas of playwriting and acting (stage combat, dialects, transition into the profession, etc.). Under its auspices, the group also produces the following events:
- 96-Hour Theatre Collaboratory
Building on our tradition of creating new work, the DP Studio provides creative support once a year to teams of exhilarated young theatre artists who gather together to envision, develop, rehearse, and perform an evening of original theatre pieces that have all been created with the span of 96 hours.
- Short Play Festival
Every November the DP Studio produces an evening of completely student created work. Student playwrights, directors, designers, actors, and producers put together an evening of original short plays.
- Green and Growing
At the end of each semester, two evenings in the Wachovia Theatre are set aside to make room for staged readings of original works by student playwrights, as well as ambitious productions of existing works by student directors. These events have also serve, quite often, as the production aspects of numerous Senior Honors Thesis Projects that are offered by our most gifted matriculating students of the Theatre Department. More specifics about some of these projects can be found by visiting our Student Artistry and Scholarship page on our website.
- Shadow Casts
For several years now, one of the highlights of the Albright theatre season has been DP Studio ‘shadow cast’ simultaneous-performance productions to the classic cult movies “Mean Girls” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
For more information: email the Domino Players or call the Box Office at (610) 921-7547.
For more information about theatre at Albright go to Albright College’s Theatre Department.