The Harper Joy Theatre is located on the Whitman College campus south of Isaacs and between Penrose and Park Streets. We house two performance spaces, the 310 seat Alexander Stage and 100 seat Freimann Studio Theatre.
A Welcome from the Director of Theatre
Dear Season Subscriber,
Welcome to the 59th season of the Harper Joy Theatre at Whitman College! This year we are tackling a diverse variety of important topics on our stage. We will start each semester with our much beloved student productions of the Instant Play Festival in the Fall and the One Act Play Festival in the Spring. Both of these showcase the talents of our student actors, writers, directors, and designers producing never-before-seen evocative works. We delve into realm of gender politics and refugees in Big Love. Then, a devised work created in collaboration with the Walla Walla community exploring local social issues with Because You Are Here. We have two senior student directors presenting Red and Circle Mirror Transformation. These are exceptional, engaging scripts; You will want to find the time to come to both of them. Placeholder, our spring dance concert, embodies the histories and relationships to place through movement. Finally, we will be presenting Life Is A Dream by renowned Spanish playwright Pedro Calderon Del La Barca as our final offering for the season.
We exist in a unique place and time. Our plays this year seek to engage our audience and our students with the question... "How do we choose to interact with our world?" As artists, scholars, and global citizens we all need to decide how our voice is to be heard and what actions we need to take in order to be true to ourselves and our beliefs. Please join us on this journey of exploration. Join us to ask questions of ourselves and others. Join us at the Harper Joy Theatre and be part of the 2018 - 2019 season.
I'll see you at the show!
Department Chair & Director of Theatre