September 13, 2022—South Hadley, MA. The Department of Film Media Theater at Mount Holyoke College is delighted to announce our first production of the season, Joy Wilkinson’s The Sweet Science of Bruising, directed by Noah Tuleja, a rambunctious new play about the underground world of Victorian female boxing. Four very different women are drawn from different walks of 19th century London and into the boxing ring, where their lives are intertwined through bouts of passion and a quest for freedom. In the end, only one can become world champion. “Wilkinson’s storytelling has an attractive briskness and clarity, which builds up engrossing details about female boxing…Each of the four main protagonists seeks the power to have some control over their lives, and this remains a radical goal today” – The Theater Times. Resplendent with the pugilistic arts, who else should direct this but our own stage combat expert, Assistant Professor Noah Tuleja. Sweet Science runs from October 20–23, 2022.


Thursday, October 20 at 7:30 pm Friday, October 21 at 7:30 pm Saturday, October 22 at 7:30 pm Sunday, October 23at 2:00 pm


Rooke Theater at Mount Holyoke College, Lower Lake Road, South Hadley, MA 01075

Ticket prices:

$10 general admission, $8 students

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