2021-2022 Season


In accordance with State of Washington guidance for institutes of higher education, Whitman College is a fully vaccinated campus community. As such, all visiting audience members for our 2021-2022 season must show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon entrance to any event at Harper Joy Theater. Additionally, we are requiring all individuals, including those who are fully vaccinated, to wear face masks when they are indoors in group settings or public spaces. These protocols are subject to change at the discretion of the college in response to the evolving pandemic circumstances.

One Act Play Festival

February 17–20, 2022

The annual One Act Festival, created and endowed by Physics Professor Emeritus Craig Gunsul, invites students from across the campus to submit original scripts for consideration. Three plays are selected by a jury consisting of students, faculty, and members of the Whitman community. The three chosen plays are produced by a collaborative team of students in competition for first place as determined by the audience. Join us in determining this year's winner!

Spring Studio Series

March 3-5, 2022

The Spring Studio Series presents local and nationally recognized experimental performance artists whose works don't neatly fall under theater or dance. Presented in the intimate Freimann Studio Theater, each evening of the series features a different artist's work and each evening concludes with a moderated discussion/Q&A with the artist.

Blood at the Root

by Dominique Morisseau

Directed by Gamal Abdel Chasten

May 5–8 and 19–21, 2022

A striking new ensemble drama based on the Jena Six; six Black students who were initially charged with attempted murder for a school fight after being provoked with nooses hanging from a tree on campus. This bold new play by Dominique Morisseau (Sunset BabyDetroit '67Skeleton Crew) examines the miscarriage of justice, racial double standards, and the crises in relations between men and women of all classes and, as a result, the shattering state of Black family life.