Stories of Human Emotions and Life Play out on Upper School Stage

By BB&N June 5, 2023

     As the school year drew to a close, the art department was still in full swing with its productions of the Spring Play, Resilient Voices, and the Senior Show. These annual performances highlight all of the hard work and growth students have achieved throughout the year, and serve as a way to cap off each school year in style.

     The spring play this year was a unique two-person show titled Collected Stories by Donald Margulies. It tells the story of Ruth Steiner (Eva Helie ’24), a respected teacher and short story writer, and her protégée and mentee Lisa Morrison (Miley Chen ’25). Conflict and moral questions arise between the two when Lisa uses material from Ruth’s life to write a novel. The unparalleled show tells the story of one of the aspects of the human condition that is often overlooked in art.

     Continuing the theme of exceptional shows, members of the cast of Reslient Voices put on an artistic performance with themes of diversity, equity, inclusion, and current events. First envisioned by the now-senior Nejma Reza, the show highlights the experiences of students of color in the U.S. through art. From songs by Bob Marley and Stevie Wonder to a photo and video essay about America today, the show was an artistic delight while offering thought-provoking reflections of our current moment through the lens of the students most affected by the policies and politics in the U.S. 

    Rounding out a three-week marathon of shows at the Upper School, the seniors put on a production of Life, Love, Death, and Art, a collection of monologues and scenes all following a common theme as part of their Senior Spring Project. Mohammad Abdallah, Alexandra Fabbri, and Hannah Curhan put on a scintillating performance full of raw emotions and depth, and was the perfect way to cap off their BB&N theater careers. Directed by fellow seniors Juliet Shaywitz and Amelie Hopke, the Class of 2023 showed the school how much their talents and hard work will be missed on stage next year. 

     Congratulations to the casts, crews, and directors of this year’s performances, we can’t wait to see what next year brings!

Click here for a gallery of all of the performances.