CloudMelt, Thursday April 8, 9pm EST

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One of a series of three live-streamed productions directed, designed, managed and performed by Barnard and Columbia students.

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The Barnard College Department of Theatre presents:


by Heidi Kraay

directed by Emily Liberatore

In CloudMelt by Heidi Kraay, Wren stumbles upon Agnes as she prepares to chug Drano in the cabin where she and her late husband Charles once honeymooned. She’s eager for Wren to leave so she can reunite with Charles in the afterlife–– “We. Said. When we die. We’d meet on the moon.” But somehow, paranormally, Wren’s body and mind slowly become occupied by Charles. Through conversation, reincarnation reunites the living and the dead through unlikely bodies and minds. But CloudMelt is not actually a story of the occult. It is the story of an empathetic teen who finds a senile mother and pretends to channel her husband in order to save her from a clouded suicide.

This show is one of three directing thesis productions in Senior Thesis Festival 2021, together with productions of What Every Girl Should Know and The Penelopiad.

The performance running time is approximately 1 hour.

Content warning: suicidal ideation/preparation, delusions, age–inappropriate intimacy, and mourning.

Senior Thesis Festival 2021

Senior Theatre majors present their theses in directing, solo performance,playwriting, and research in a series of virtual performances and research presentations; a link to these invitation-only events will be sent to audience members who have registered through Eventbrite. Each event requires separate registration. The full performance schedule is below:

Thursday 4/8/21

7pm-8pm: What Every Girl Should Know by Monica Byrne

9pm-10pm: CloudMelt by Heidi Kraay

Friday 4/9/21

7pm-8pm: CloudMelt by Heidi Kraay

9pm-10pm: The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

Saturday 4/10/21

7pm-8pm: The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

9pm-10pm: What Every Girl Should Know by Monica Byrne

Friday 4/16/21

7pm: "Enabling Homoerotic Sensibility: Mei Lanfang’s Ideal Woman in Peking Opera Film Forever Enthralled", research presentation by Genevieve Yimang Wang

8pm: R.I.P. Andy Cohen, a new play by Adam Glusker, reading & talk-back

Saturday 4/17/21

12:30pm: solo performances by Addi Bjaringer, Brianna Johnson, Jackson Kienitz and Nafisa Saeed, followed by a talk-back

3pm: Obsessed, a new play by Starr Shapiro, reading & talk-back

5pm Butterfingers and Naan, a new play by Hope Johnson, reading & talk-back

Design, performance, and management by Barnard and Columbia theatre students, advised by Theatre Department faculty and staff.

Please contact Production Manager Mike Banta at with any questions.

Reservations for this performance are free; viewing links and passwords will be sent approximately one day before the performance to all those who have registered. More information is also available on the Theatre Department's website at:

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