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For his senior thesis with the Lewis Center's Program in Theater, Eamon Foley '15 blended his academic studies in anthropology with his professional experience as a Broadway performer to create an original dance-theater piece entitled Hero. This special video feature takes viewers through Foley's creative journey during an entire academic year, from early fall 2014 through opening night in April 2015.

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The Creative Reactions Contest, a new initiative of Princeton University Concerts (PUC), gave student participants the opportunity to attend a free concert and write a response in any form — blank verse, prose, poetry, narrative, even lyrics. Susannah Sharpless '15, a certificate student in the Program in Creative Writing at the Lewis Center, earned first place for her poem, "Space and Time."

The Lewis Center for the Arts announces the award of over $100,000 to support the summer projects and research of 43 Princeton students, including substantial individual awards through the Alex Adam ’07 Award, the Mallach Senior Thesis Fund, the Mellor Fund for Undergraduate Research, and the Berl Senior Thesis Award. The awards were made through a competitive application process that received 95 proposals requesting over $410,000 in funding. For many recipients the funding provides the resources to conduct research, complete training and pursue other opportunities critical to achieving their senior thesis project goals.

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts will present an End of Semester Screening featuring the recent film and video work of students in Keith Sanborn’s course “How to Make a Film” and Su Friedrich’s two courses, “Documentary Filmmaking” and “Narrative Filmmaking: Working from the Script.” The screening will take place on Thursday, May 14, in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. Work by students in “How to Make a Film” and “Documentary Filmmaking” will be shown from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; work by students in “Narrative Filmmaking: Working from the Script” will be shown beginning at 7:30 p.m. The screening is free and open to the public.

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present a developmental workshop reading of a new play, I’m Fine, I’m Better, Don’t Worry About Me, exploring issues of student mental health at Princeton by theater senior Joseph Labatt. This new work is based on interviews conducted by Labatt with students and faculty at Princeton; he will also direct student actors in the reading. Performances will take place on Friday, May 8 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, May 9 at 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 10 at 3:00 p.m. in the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street.

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater will present a workshop presentation of [The title of this piece has been redacted], a new pop-influenced musical about a gay rights revolutionary in East Berlin in the 1970s and her story of love and betrayal, on May 5 and 6 at 4:30 p.m. in the Acting Studio at New South (Room 110) on the Princeton University campus. This new work is written, composed, and directed by Program in Theater senior Sam Kaseta. Performances are free and open to the public. A talkback with faculty member and playwright R.N. Sandberg will follow the May 6 performance.

The Lewis Center for the Arts will present Thirteen Ways of Looking at Comic Opera, a culminating presentation from a Princeton Atelier/Music course, “Making (Comic) Opera.” Revisiting the genre of comic opera, the event includes a workshop reading of an excerpt of Andrew Lovett’s The Analysing Engine directed by Rinde Eckert and performed by Princeton students, along with work devised by the student-participants. Performances will take place on Friday, May 8 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 9 at 3:00 p.m. in the Rockefeller College Common Room on the Princeton University Campus and are free and open to the public.

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present Women in the World of Sondheim: A Cabaret Performance, a one-woman musical revue conceived by and featuring theater senior Katie Welsh. The revue explores the individual and collective journeys of twelve female characters in the musicals of Stephen Sondheim. Directed by faculty member Suzanne Agins, with musical direction by theater senior Emily Whitaker, the cabaret will investigate how the women that populate Sondheim’s work differ from the women of Golden Age musicals, how they are uniquely characterized as morally ambiguous and insecure, and how they grapple with serious decisions. The performances will take place on Friday, May 8 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, May 9 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, May 10 at 3:00 p.m. in the Wilson Black Box at Wilson College on the Princeton University campus. A talkback led by Princeton professor and musical theater scholar Stacy Wolf will follow the performance on May 8. This event is free and open to the public.

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