Princeton University's Lewis Center for the Arts is planning another exciting season of theater and dance performances, exhibitions, readings, film screenings, concerts, guest artist visits and lectures for 2018-19.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater will present a workshop premiere of a new play, Trash Mermaids, written by senior Miles Dupuis Carey and directed by Princeton alumna Catherine Andre, on May 10, 11 and 13 at 8:00 p.m. and May 12 at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. in the Donald G. Drapkin Studio at Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus. The new work is a queer, ecological riff on the story of “The Little Mermaid.” An audience talkback led by Assistant Professor of Theater Brian Herrera will follow the May 10 performance. Admission is free, however seating is limited and on a first-come, first-seated basis.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Programs in Theater and Music Theater at Princeton University will present Trailing Rhiannon, a new musical play written by Princeton senior Emma Watkins that interweaves Celtic folk music with storytelling tradition to reimagine one of Welsh mythology's most fiercely outspoken female protagonists. The production is directed by senior Abigail Jean-Baptiste. Performances will be presented May 10 through 13 at 8:00 p.m. with a matinee on May 13 at 2:00 p.m. in the Wallace Theatre at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus.
The Lewis Center for the Arts announces more than $115,000 in awards to support the summer projects and research of 45 Princeton undergraduates, chosen from 85 applicants. For many recipients, the funding provides the resources to conduct research, undertake training, and pursue other opportunities critical to achieving their senior thesis project goals in the arts.
Critically acclaimed actor, producer, and Princeton University alumnus Mark Feuerstein, Class of 1993, will speak about his life and career on stage and screen in a conversation with Lewis Center for the Arts Chair Michael Cadden. The conversation will take place on Monday, April 23 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Wallace Theater in the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton University campus. The event, which is free and open to the public, is cosponsored by Princeton’s Center for Jewish Life-Princeton Hillel and will be preceded by a reception at 6:45 p.m.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will host the Latinx Theatre Commons’ María Irene Fornés Institute Symposium on April 14 from 9:00 a.m. through the evening at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus. The symposium is an intergenerational “community gathering” of artists, academics, students, and others for a day of vigorous, Fornés-inspired creativity, conversation, and conviviality focused on one of the most influential yet perhaps least widely known playwrights. Most of the day’s activities are free and open to the public with a few sessions requiring registration. The events on April 14 are part of a larger scope of activities in Princeton and New York City April 12 through 22 related to the playwright, who is a nine-time Obie award winner, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and teacher to some of theater’s most exciting contemporary voices, including Migdalia Cruz, Paula Vogel and Nilo Cruz.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present I Am in Fifth Grade, You Are in Kindergarten, an evening of two short plays with music in honor of playwright María Irene Fornés. The evening includes FNU LNU by Mac Wellman, a fellow avant garde playwright of Fornés, and the world premiere of The Book of Miaou-Wow-Wow: Don’t Drink Everything Your Mother Pours You by Migdalia Cruz, a longtime friend and student of Fornés. Both plays are directed by faculty member Elena Araoz. Performances will be presented April 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 at 8:00 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center with the audience seated on stage.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present María Irene Fornés landmark play Fefu and Her Friends, featuring seniors Alex Vogelsang and Lydia Watt and directed by faculty member R.N. Sandberg. The play is being presented in conjunction with the Latinx Theatre Commons’ María Irene Fornés Institute Symposium, a national convening hosted at Princeton. Performances will be held at 8:00 p.m. on April 12 and 13 and at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on April 14 and 15 in the Maclean House on the Princeton University campus. The show is free and open to the public but seating for this site-specific production is limited and advance reservations are encouraged.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Programs in Theater and Music Theater at Princeton University will present Turning Inward, a song cycle that is an intimate portrayal of the self as mediator between the world outside and the world within, through new songs based in the folk traditions of America and the Old World. Princeton senior Evan Gedrich conceived and wrote the music and lyrics for this song cycle, which will be directed by alumnus Ryan Gedrich, Princeton Class of 2016, and performed by a cast of student actor-musicians. All 12 songs focus on introspection and extroversion with each falling along the spectrum of these personalities. Performances will be held in the Wallace Theater at the Lewis Arts complex on Thursday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, March 30 at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.; and Saturday, March 31 at 3:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Composer and lyricist César Alvarez and sound artist and musician Jess Rowland have been named Princeton University Arts Fellows for 2018-20 and will begin two years of teaching and community collaboration in September. Alvarez and Rowland were selected from a large, diverse, and multi-talented pool of 395 applicants in dance, music, creative writing, theater, and the visual arts.
Princeton University has named Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and current U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, Director of Princeton’s Program in Creative Writing, as the new chair of the University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. Smith succeeds theater scholar Michael Cadden, Senior Lecturer in the Program in Theater, who has served as chair of the Center since 2012. Smith will begin her new duties as chair on July 1, 2019.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance at Princeton University will present Performance Lab, showcasing nine new works created by thirteen Princeton students, on Thursday and Friday, March 8 and 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Hearst Dance Theater at the new Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus. Each performance will be followed by a talkback. The event is free and open to the public.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Programs in Theater and Music Theater at Princeton University will present the new musical Picnic at Hanging Rock with book, music and lyrics by Daniel Zaitchik, adapted from the Australian novel by Joan Lindsay, on March 2, 8, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m., and March 3 at 2 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center on the Princeton campus. The production is directed by senior Nico Krell with music direction by Department of Music faculty member Stephanie Tubiolo, and features seniors Jared Brendon Hopper, Meagan Raker, Allison Light, and Emma Watkins.
Award-winning director, playwright, and stage and film actor Ruben Santiago-Hudson will direct a reading of August Wilson’s play Seven Guitars and discuss diversity in American theater in a conversation with Assistant Professor of Theater Brian Herrera as part of a week-long residency at Princeton University. The conversation will be held on February 27 at 1:30 p.m. in the Godfrey Kerr Studio and the play reading on March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Donald G. Drapkin Studio, both venues at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton University campus. These events are free and open to the public.