The Empty Space Theater (TEST)
The Empty Space Theater is sponsored by the Arts and Humanities and History and Society Divisions as well as by the Office of the President at Babson College.
“My experience with TEST has shown me that I can apply my entrepreneurial training in the sector of the performing arts.”
– Breeana Blackmon, Class of 2015
TEST’s objective is to produce socially relevant, thought provoking and compelling plays and musicals. All TEST productions are directed by Babson faculty members or theater professionals, and we seek to strengthen and formalize curricular ties, making the classroom-to-theater experience highly integrated, intellectually and artistically challenging, and rewarding to both participants and audiences.
What We Do
TEST produces two full-scale performances each year in the Sorenson Center for the Arts and sponsors several workshops, staged readings, and master classes throughout the fall and spring semesters. TEST also supports and facilitates the integration of performing arts into course curricula.
“I wanted a professional theater experience, and the fact that The Empty Space Theater could provide just that made me eager to take part in their productions.”
– Sam Byrne, Class of 2014
Faculty members who direct TEST productions teach theater and music courses at Babson such as:
- Business in American Drama
- Fundamentals of Acting and Improvisation
- Global Pop
- Dramatizing the American Dream
- Modern Drama
- African American Music in the United States
- The London Stage
Fall, 2011 - The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Group
Spring, 2012 - Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl
Fall, 2012 - Working by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso
Spring, 2013 - The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? by Edward Albee
Fall, 2013 - Avenue Q by Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx, and Jeff Whitty
Spring, 2014 - Midsummer: A Play With Songs by David Greig and Gordon McIntyre
Fall, 2014 - Urinetown by Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis
Fall 2014 Production
Urinetown by Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis
Directed by Professor Beth Wynstra
Musical Direction by Professor Sandra Graham
October 30 and 31 (8:00 pm)
November 1 (8:00 PM)
at the Carling-Sorenson Theater
Urinetown is set in a dystopia where water is so scarce residents have to "pay to pee." The penalty for going in public: a trip to Urinetown (a euphemism for death). The public amenities are controlled by a corporation that survives off of graft. Inevitably the lower classes revolt, but the revolution's leader, drunk with ideology and power, ignores the warning signs of environmental collapse and the population is eventually wiped out. Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Urinetown is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, Urinetown catapults the comedic romp into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit, and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.
How You Can Get Involved
We are always looking for actors, singers, and dancers as well as musicians for our fall and spring productions as well as for staged readings and workshops.
“Dramatic art requires critical thinking in order to create a whole new person on stage. This critical thinking can be transferred to the classroom and help to make you a more well-rounded student.”
– Yvonne Yankey, Class of 2016
Work behind the scenes
TEST seeks to give participants a full theater experience where they can contribute as directors, stage managers, lighting designers, costumers, or dramaturges.
Take a class
We also encourage you to explore theater and dramatic literature in your course work.
Become friends with The Empty Space Theater on Facebook or join our mailing list to be informed of upcoming auditions and opportunities.
Please contact Professor Sandra Graham, or Professor Beth Wynstra for more information.