Fall 2021

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 23, 2021, 8:00PM
Friday, September 24, 2021, 8:00PM
Saturday, September 25, 2021, 2:00PM
Saturday, September 25, 2021, 8:00PM
Sunday, September 26, 2021, 2:00PM


Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 West 129th Street
New York, NY 10027
(enter on 125th Street, west of Broadway)


Tickets (CU Affiliates ONLY)
Mud and Springtime event poster

Columbia University School of the Arts Theatre Program is proud to present MUD and SPRINGTIME by playwright María Irene Fornés, directed by Colm Summers '21.


In the dustbowl of America’s first Great Depression, trapped by her poverty and the men around her, Mae will stop at nothing to make meaning of her life. Twenty years later, a forbidden relationship disintegrates as two women try to understand what will make them free. Told across two plays, MUD and SPRINGTIME by María Irene Fornés is the story of the power it takes to break free of destitution, moral judgement, and the people whose love will drown us. Director Colm Summers examines America’s greatest sin — disparity — in an evening of plays that force us to reckon with our comfort in the safety of the American Dream.


Ticketing Information

Tickets are available to current students, faculty, and staff who have completed the requirements of the University Health Compact. There is a limit of one (1)  ticket per person, per performance and each ticket must be held in the name of the guest attending the event.

The Lenfest Center for the Arts is subject to the Key to New York City Executive Order.  Therefore all guests entering the building will be required to show proof of vaccination and ID.

This presentation will be available to stream online October 28–November 1, 2021. More details to come.



Mazvita Chanakira (student), Mike Gerbi, Delano Montgomery, and Kate Vozella.


Production Team & Crew

Director Colm Summers ‘21
Dramaturg Austin Tooley ‘21
Co-Producer Sean Anthony Chia ‘21
Co-Producer Anthony Massa (student)
Production Stage Manager Harry Corthell (student)
Assistant Stage Manager Tesia Childs (student)
Company Manager Taeeun Yeo (student)
Composer Daniel Bindschedler
Scenic & Props Designer Richard Oullette
Lighting Designer Betsy Chester
Costume Designer Camilla Dely
Sound Designer Liam Bellman-Sharpe
Projection Designer Hamilton Guillén
Intimacy Consultant Christina (Cha) Ramos ‘21

Interview with Director Colm Summers

For his thesis production, Colm Summers '21 directs two rarely-staged short plays by María Irene Fornés.


About the Artist

Colm Summers (Ó Somacháin) '21 is an Irish stage director based between New York and Dublin. He is also a writer for and about performance. Recent credits include ​The Kill One Race, (Playwrights Horizons, NYC), La Clemenza di Tito (Grand Théatre de Geneve), The Rehearsal​, Playing the Dane (National Theatre of Ireland, The Abbey), Bite/Scratch (Live Collision International Festival), ​Dike by Hannah Benitez (Urbanite Theatre, Florida), ​Love à la Mode (Smock Alley and Trafalgar Square), ​Gays Against the Free State! (Dublin Fringe Festival), ​Enemy of the Stars by Wyndham Lewis (Dublin & Fes, Morocco), ​God’s Ear by Jenny Schwartz, (Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin). Colm has worked with The Wooster Group, Milo Rau, Dead Centre, and Pan Pan (Dublin/New York), and continues to work with the feath3r theory. Read his essays in Études, Blast at 100 (Brill) and in Charles Macklin and the Making of the 18th Century. As a playwright, Colm can be found in ​Fresh Cuts: A Selection of New Plays from Dublin Fringe (Oberon). Colm is currently assisting Raja Feather Kelly on Wednesday, and writing his second full length When David Buckel Saved the World. He is a Dublin Fringe Festival Radical Spirit Award Nominee, and was recently selected for the Next Stage: Forecast cohort at Dublin Theatre Festival. He founded Felicity, a Dublin-based live performance company, in 2016. Next: The Wind in the Trees by A.A. Brenner '21, love is hard and absolutely (probably) worth it by Johnny Lloyd '20 at Clubbed Thumb, The Inheritance at the Geffen Playhouse 2022–2023 season.