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The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present Ding!, a new musical experience conceived and directed by senior certificate student Emily Whitaker. Ding! is an upbeat, joyful musical experience in which audience members, who very quickly become active participants, are led by an ensemble through a musical/theatrical “composition” that everyone in the room creates together. The experience makes use of toys, games, and other childhood objects as non-traditional instruments for collaborative music making. No musical background is required for participation. The event will be held in the Berlind Rehearsal Room at McCarter Theatre Center on Thursday and Friday, April 2 and 3 at 7:30 and 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 4 at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m. Ding! is free and open to the public, however seating is limited and advance reservations are encouraged.

Producer and President of the Disney Theatrical Group Thomas Schumacher will hold a conversation with Grammy and Emmy Award-winning musical director, arranger, conductor and composer Paul Bogaev on Tuesday, April 7. The event is part of Professor of Theater Stacy Wolf’s spring course, “Isn’t It Romantic? The Broadway Musical from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim.” The conversation will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Room 219 at 185 Nassau Street and is free and open to the public to observe.

Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, in collaboration with the English Department, the Muslim Life Program in the Office of Religious Life, the Program in Theater, and the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, will present a panel on the dramaturgy of political violence and Muslims on U.S. stages on April 6 in the Friend Center Convocation Room (113) on the corner of William and Olden Streets. The panel will begin at 6:00 p.m. and feature Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar, actor/writer Aasif Mandvi, playwright/producer Jamil Khoury, theater historian Neilesh Bose, and theater scholar Fawzia Afzal-Khan. The panel is organized by Afzal-Khan and Jill Dolan, Professor of Theater, Annan Professor in English, and Director of the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Princeton. The event is free and open to the public.

Theater manager and advocate, former director of the American Theater Wing, and director of the new Arts Integrity Initiative at the New School for Drama Howard Sherman will give a talk on “Inclusiveness in the American Musical…Or Not” on Tuesday, March 24. The talk is part of Professor of Theater Stacy Wolf’s spring course, “Isn’t It Romantic? The Broadway Musical from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim” and will begin at 3:00 p.m. in Room 219 at 185 Nassau Street followed by a question and answer session. The event is free and open to the public.

Grammy and Emmy Award-winning musical director, arranger, conductor and composer Paul Bogaev will give a master class followed by an interview for Princeton students on Tuesday, March 10 as part of Professor of Theater Stacy Wolf’s spring course, “Isn’t It Romantic? The Broadway Musical from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim.” The course explores the Broadway musical with a focus on gender and sexuality. It examines the musical’s unique conventions of aesthetics and form, and its status as popular entertainment that shapes and is shaped by its historical and cultural context. Bogaev’s master class will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Room 219 at 185 Nassau Street and is free and open to the public to observe.

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater presents Spring Awakening, the Tony Award-winning rock musical celebrating youth and rebellion directed by Princeton senior Julia Hammer and featuring senior John Somers Fairchild as Moritz. The musical follows the universal journey from childhood to adulthood through a group of young people growing up in the repressive world of late 19th-century Germany as they face the inner and outer tumult of sexuality. Performances will be held on March 6, 7, 12 and 13 at 8:00 p.m. and March 8 at 2:00 p.m. at the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center.

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater will present Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama How I Learned to Drive on March 6, 7, 8, 12, and 13 at 8:00 p.m. in the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street. How I Learned to Drive is a warm, tragic, funny, and strikingly perceptive memory play in which a young woman named Li’l Bit looks back on her warped experience with love and struggles to forgive in the face of her past sexual trauma. This production will be directed by faculty member R.N. Sandberg and will feature senior Caroline Hertz as Li’l Bit. A talkback will follow the March 12 performance. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for students and seniors, and will be available through University Ticketing and at the door prior to each performance.

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater will present David Rabe’s Vietnam era drama The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel on January 8, 9 and 10 at 8:00 p.m. in the Marie and Edward Matthews ‘53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street. Directed by Tim Vasen, the Director of the Program in Theater, and featuring theater program seniors Patrick Rounds and Blake Edwards, the play examines the Vietnam War and the experience of basic training through the eyes of young soldier Pavlo Hummel.

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater will present MADMAN, a dramatic reading of Nikolai Gogol’s “Diary of a Madman” as performed by the actor Jake Robertson or more briefly titled, MADMAN/Robertson. This new one-man theatrical adaptation of the classic Russian short story with a twist, featuring senior theater certificate student Jake Robertson and directed by faculty member R.N. Sandberg, explores the act of performing itself as Robertson assumes all the characters in story. Performances will take place in the Class of 1970 Theater at Whitman College on January 8th at 8:00 p.m., January 9th at 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., and January 10th at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Princeton Professors Jill Dolan and Stacy Wolf serve as the co-editors for the Winter 2014 edition of the prestigious theater journal TDR: The Drama Review, a Journal of Performance Studies. This special guest issue is entitled “Performing Desire” and features articles by Princeton faculty members Judith Hamera and Brian Herrera. All four scholars teach in Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts.

The Lewis Center for the Arts will present Selfie Expression, an end-of-semester showing of digital self portraits created by students in the fall Princeton Atelier course, “Pay Attention: The Art of Here and Now,” taught by theater and media director Marianne Weems. The showing will take place on Thursday, December 12 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street. This culminating performance will take the form of a gallery installation, with areas of the Acting Studio devoted to each of the student artists. Visitors are encouraged to come and go throughout the event.