Frost & Dodd Student Play Festival: Murderballad
Frost & Dodd Student Play Festival


July 29, 2022

This event occurred as part of the 22/23 Theater Department season. This is an archived view.

Two siblings take us on a music-infused murder ballad of a story.

22/23 Theater Department

by Lila Hovey '23

Once upon a time, there were two siblings who grew close over folksongs and dreams bigger than their small Appalachian town. But that was then. Now, after four years of silence, Sparrow has returned for their sister Wren's twentieth birthday. They want to make amends, but Mama has other plans. She takes the siblings on a camping trip up the mountain to bring them all closer together, but something dark lurks in the woods- and within this family. Some things can't stay hidden and violence echoes back like a refrain. 

This play was one of the Eleanor Frost Playwriting Competition winners.
This year's winner of the Ruth & Loring Dodd Student Playwriting Competition will be produced later in our season.

Lila Hovey (they/them) is a '23 majoring in theater and engineering sciences with a focus on studio art and women's, gender and sexuality studies. They love fashion history, folk music, queer genre fiction and their cat, Neptune. They've been active in more than a dozen works of theater while at Dartmouth as an actor, costume designer and stage manager. They would like to thank Brianna Parry, Kathleen Cunneen, Laurie Churba and the whole costume shop team for being amazing as well as their mandolin, Mando Patinkin.

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