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 will present an exhibition of recent artwork in a wide range of media by juniors in the Program in Visual Arts opening May 5 and running through May 14 in the James S. Hall ’34 Memorial Gallery in Butler College on the Princeton University campus.
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.
Nobel-prize winning playwright Gao Xingjian’s avant-garde masterpiece The Other Shore will be presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University on April 30, May 7, 8 and 9 at 8:00 p.m. and May 2 at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m in the Berlind Rehearsal Room at McCarter Theatre Center. This innovative play, translated by Gilbert C. F. Fong, follows the human struggle for individual freedom and enlightenment. The production will be directed by Program in Theater senior Kanoa Mulling.
On Friday, May 1, Ghost Trio, comprised of singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, fiddler Cleek Schrey, and uilleann piper Ivan Goff, will perform a Féile Na Bealtaine or “May festival” concert of Irish songs at 4:30 p.m. at Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall on the Princeton University campus. The concert, part of the Fund for Irish Studies series at Princeton University and co-sponsored by the Department of Music and Lewis Center for the Arts, is free and open to the public.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Princeton Atelier will present wE-unions: Green is the New Orange and Black, an outdoor environmental festival presented by the students of the spring Princeton Atelier course “Performing Environmental Stories,” led by Kelly Baum and Jenny Price. The festival will take place on Monday, May 4 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (sunset) on the north lawn of the Frist Campus Center on the Princeton University campus. This event is free and open to the public.
Students in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ world-renowned Program in Creative Writing will present new work in a series of readings. On April 29 at 4:30 p.m. at Chancellor Green Rotunda on the University campus, students from spring workshops in fiction, poetry, screenwriting, and literary translation will read from their work completed during the past semester. There will be two events during which seniors completing a certificate in the Program will read from their thesis work, which they completed over the course of the past academic year. On May 4 at 4:30 p.m. at Chancellor Green Rotunda, seniors will read from their recent work in poetry, screenwriting, and translation; on May 6 at 4:30 p.m. also at Chancellor Green Rotunda, seniors will read from their recent work in fiction. The readings, part of the Program in Creative Writing’s Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series at the Lewis Center for the Arts, are free and open to the public.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts at Princeton University will present three exhibitions by seniors in the program. Labor Against Waste by Margaret Craycraft documents the concert tour of a Brooklyn-based songwriter through film and photography. In wave, form. Matt Rogers explores the synesthetic relationship between audio and visual through a range of multimedia works. Caresse Yan’s All My Things Are Hims uses a range of media in a room-sized installation to examine philosophy, mind games, and levels of reality.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance will present a master class for Princeton students with New York City Ballet principal dancer Wendy Whelan on Monday, April 27, in the Patricia and Ward Hagan ’48 Dance Studio at 185 Nassau Street from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. This event, which is presented in conjunction with Whelan’s April 28 performance of Restless Creature at the McCarter Theatre, is free and open to the public to observe.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater will premiere Hero, a new dance-theater piece written, directed and choreographed by Princeton University senior Eamon Foley on April 25 at 8:00 p.m. at the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street. Hero tells the story of a young man transformed by his experiences in the Vietnam War, told through indie rock music, dance, and aerial choreography and based on interviews with Vietnam veterans and other research conducted by the playwright. Foley is already a Broadway veteran at 21, having appeared in six productions. Performances of Hero continue April 26, 29 and 30 at 8:00 p.m. and May 1 at 6:00 p.m. with a talkback following the April 26 performance.
Princeton University’s current Arts Fellows will gather together for “Princeton Arts Fellows Present…,” a joint showing of new and developing work by these four innovative and diverse artists, in the Patricia and Ward Hagan ’48 Dance Studio at 185 Nassau Street at 7:00 p.m. This event, which will feature performances, a reading, and presentations by graphic artist Danielle Aubert, playwright and theater artist Aaron Landsman, fiction writer Hanna Pylväinen, and composer/percussionist Jason Treuting, is free and open to the public.
Students in the spring 2015 course “How to Write a Song,” offered by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing and the Department of Music, will present original songs at a concert on April 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Frist Campus Center Theater on the Princeton campus. The 26 students will perform selected new work completed over the past semester. The concert is free and open to the public.
Poets CAConrad and Dorothea Lasky and four seniors in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University will read from their work on Friday, April 24 at Labyrinth Books. The reading is part of the Emerging Writers Reading Series, which showcases senior thesis students of the Program in Creative Writing with established writers as special guests. Featuring student writers Amanda Devine, Vivian Ludford, Emily McDonald and Susannah Sharpless, the reading begins at 6:00 p.m. at the bookstore at 122 Nassau Street and is free and open to the public.
Princeton University senior and Program in Theater certificate student Katherine Clifton was first inspired to write a play about hostility between the Serbs and Romani people while participating in Princeton's Bridge Year Program. Five years later, she will do just that as the 2015 winner of the Martin Dale Fellowship.
The Lewis Center for the Arts will present a Senior Thesis Film Festival featuring five new short films by students in the Program in Visual Arts: Labor Against Waste by Margaret Craycraft, Game Over by Matthew Floyd, Exes by Nonny Okwelogu, The True Story of Fictional James by Jane Pritchard, and Fluff by Jack Thornton. All five films will be screened on Friday, April 17 at 8:00 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ‘32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street, and again on Saturday, April 25 at 8:00 p.m. at the Frist Film/Performance Theater at Frist Campus Center on the Princeton University campus. Both screenings are free and open to the public.