Theater Archives

The Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University is now accepting applications from promising artists in all artistic disciplines for two opportunities, the Hodder Fellowship and the Princeton Arts Fellowship. Details and an online application are posted at arts.princeton.edu/fellowships. Applications are due by September 14, 2015.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Grammy and Emmy-nominated conductor, educator, and choral specialist Judith Clurman will hold a master class with Princeton students followed by an interview on Tuesday, April 14 at 1:30 p.m., which is free and open to the public to observe. The event is one in a series of guest artist visits to Professor of Theater Stacy Wolf’s spring course, “Isn’t It Romantic? The Broadway Musical from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim.” The event will be held in Room 219 at 185 Nassau Street.

Thumbnail for <em>Eyes Up High in the Redwood Tree</em>, a new play by Annika Bennett, premieres at Lewis Center for the Arts

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater will premiere Eyes Up High in the Redwood Tree, a new play written by senior Annika Bennett and directed by faculty member Tim Vasen, on April 3 at 8:00 p.m. at the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center. The new work is inspired by the life, letters and writings of 1960s counter-culture icon Ken Kesey, perhaps best known as the writer of the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and credited with ushering in the era of psychedelic drugs. Performances continue April 4, 8, 9 and 10 at 8:00 p.m. with a talkback following the April 3 performance.