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Announcing new web series: AC’TIV•IST

Joshua Wolfsun & Riverwolf Productions are excited to announce the start of work on a new comedy web series about campus activism called ac’tiv•ist. The show will be shot over the course of two weeks in January 2016 for a June 2016 premiere. Written by a college organizer, ac’tiv•ist is an independent series produced entirely by current college students and recent graduates.

In this first season, aspiring student organizer Samantha Rushbad grapples with the simultaneously inspiring, mind-numbingly banal, infuriatingly stupid, and downright absurd nature of campus activism as she starts a campaign to force her college to divest from Israel. As Sam steps ever-further into the labyrinthine world of activism, she must also deal with her mother, love interest, teachers, and friends who fail to understand her activist life.

Please visit the website for more information: http://www.activistshow.com. Follow the show on Twitter and like it on Facebook for all the latest updates.

NEW PRODUCTION: Medea

Medea-finalThe Greek tragedy of Medea, freely adapted by Robinson Jeffers, is coming to Swarthmore College this Fall, directed by Joshua Wolfsun. 

Written for an ensemble cast, this critically-acclaimed adaptation of Euripides’ disturbing classic renders Medea in all her terrifying, tragic, oppressed, unnervingly relatable humanity. This Fall’s production will bring the myth outdoors, following Medea — in a world that leaves her no escape or justice — through her ever-darkening, twisted attempts to exact vengeance.

The night Jeffers’ Medea first opened on Broadway, it received 13 curtain calls. Brooks Atkinson of The New York Times wrote, “Jeffers’ Medea is a landmark of the modern stage. His verse is modern, his words are sharp and vivid….His imagery austere and brilliant….Although Jeffers has retained the legend and the characters, he has freely adapted Medea into a modern play.”

Auditions open September 13 & 14 (Swarthmore students can sign up for a time slot on the Drama Board bulletin in Parrish).

Student News receives Amherst Media’s “Jean Haggerty Award”

On October 17, 2013 Amherst Media (ACTV) presented Joshua Wolfsun and the Student News team with the Jean Haggerty Award for Community Engagement and Social Change. Student News aired once a month on Amherst Media Channel 12 from 2009 to 2013.

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JESSICA (Press Release)

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October 30, 2013 – A group of Swarthmore College students is taking over an entire building on campus to create an ambitious, immersive theatre performance that combines Merchant of Venice, Fiddler on the Roof and stories from the Hebrew Bible. Entitled “Jessica,” this original show explores issues of faith, identity, love, and anti-Semitism. Performances will be held on November 23 and 24 at 6PM in Swarthmore College’s Bond Hall and are open to the public.

Inspired by PunchDrunk Theatre’s revolutionary “Sleep No More,” Jessica is constructed as an immersive theater experience. When they enter Bond Hall’s four-story “stage,” audience members will step into a theater experience unlike any other – they will be given masks and encouraged to move wherever they want to go throughout the building. Scenes will be happening simultaneously in different parts of the building, so audience members experience unique versions of the show depending on how they move through the space. More than 20 students are involved in the production – acting, directing, designing the sets and costumes, rigging a sound system, and composing a score to play throughout the entire building.

Jessica centers on the character of Shylock’s daughter from The Merchant of Venice. In Shakespeare’s original – and arguably anti-Semitic – play, Jessica falls in love with a Christian man, and decides to leave her Jewish father, take all of his money, and convert to Christianity. To Jessica co-writer/director Joshua Wolfsun (19), Shakespeare’s portrayal of Jessica was unrealistic. “Trying to abandon your identity is not easy,” he explains. “In Merchant, Jessica barely reflects on her decision to abandon her Jewish family, culture and religion. We wanted to give that decision process a harder look – what does it actually mean to try to excise central elements of who you are? I think we end up with a pretty dark result.” Continue reading