The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theatre at Princeton University will present a fully staged production of a new musical, The Luckiest Girl, written by senior Sonya Hayden, featuring seniors Victoria Gruenberg and Matt Volpe, and directed by faculty member Ethan Heard assisted by Nico Krell ’18. Performances will be held April 22, 23 and 28 at 8:00 p.m.; April 24 at 2:00 p.m.; and April 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street. A talkback discussion led by Professor Stacy Wolf will follow the April 28 performance.
Playwright Ricardo Abreu Bracho will discuss the subject of Latinx professionals working in the contemporary American theater with Lewis Center in the Arts’ Program in Theater professor Brian Herrera and read from a selection of his works on Wednesday, April 13 at 3:00 p.m. in Room 105 at the Carl Fields Center on Prospect Street on the Princeton University campus. The event is free and open to the public.
On Monday, April 18th, McCarter Theatre Center and Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts will host a symposium commemorating the 20th anniversary of August Wilson’s seminal speech, “The Ground on Which I Stand,” delivered in 1996 from the stage of the McCarter’s Matthew’s Theatre addressing questions of race, diversity, and cultural identity in the American Theater.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present a re-imagining of the musical Singin’ in the Rain, written by Betty Comden and Adolph Green with lyrics by Arthur Freed and music by Nacio Herb Brown. The show is directed and co-choreographed by senior Adin Walker and features seniors Billy Cohen and Maddie Reese, all of whom are students in the theater program. Performances will take place on April 8, 9, and 13 at 7:30 p.m., April 10 at 3:00 p.m., and April 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center. An audience talkback discussion led by Professor of Theater and musical theater scholar Stacy Wolf will follow the April 13 performance.
The Lewis Center for the Arts' Programs in Dance and Theater present there.remaining., a dance-theater fusion of text, movement, music, and projections, created and directed by senior Ogemdi Ude and featuring original music by Lewis Center Resident Musical Director and Composer Vince di Mura. Performances will take place on April 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 at 8:00 p.m. in the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street. The production is free and open to the public, however, advanced tickets are recommended.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance at Princeton University will present Performance Lab showcasing new work created by nine Princeton students, on Thursday and Friday, March 3 and 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Patricia and Ward Hagan ’48 Dance Studio. Each performance will be followed by a talkback. The event is free and open to the public. Performance Lab provides an opportunity for students working in dance, writing, theater, or visual art to showcase their new interdisciplinary work developed through discussion with other artists and mentorship from dance faculty.
The Lewis Center for the Arts and the Fund for Irish Studies at Princeton University will present Ireland and Shakespeare, a symposium of debate and performance centered on Irish versions and adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays and featuring leading Irish directors, actors, and critics, on Saturday, March 5 from 9:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present a symposium on contemporary Irish theater, organized by senior Erin Valentine, featuring panel discussions with students and faculty in the Program in Theater working on Irish theater projects on Saturday, February 27 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. in the Whitman College Theater on the Princeton campus. Panel discussions at the symposium will explore Ireland’s rich history of producing some of the most innovative theater of the past 100 years as context for what is happening in Irish theater today with a special focus on the work of Tony Award-winning Irish playwright Enda Walsh. The symposium is free and open to the public; no registration is required.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present Disco Pigs by Tony Award-winning playwright Enda Walsh. Directed by Morgan Young, a senior in the Program in Theater, the play focuses on two Irish teenagers whose intense, lifelong friendship is tried by growing older and growing different. Performances will take place on February 26 and 27 and March 4 and 5 at 8 p.m. and February 28 at 2 p.m. in Whitman Theater on Princeton University Campus.
Students in the fall 2015 course “The Arts of Urban Transition” have spent the past semester using texts and methods from history, theater and dance to examine artists and works of art as agents of change in New York City and Detroit. Taught by historian Aaron Shkuda, Professor of Dance Judith Hamera, and Princeton Arts Fellow Aaron Landsman, the course explored such topics as artist relationships and the impact of urban arts initiatives.
Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts Program in Theater will present new musical theater works by student lyricists and composers from the fall semester course “Introduction to Musical Theatre Writing,” taught by Robert Lee, Randall Eng, and Stacy Wolf on Saturday, February 6 at 5 p.m. in Rocky Common Room on Princeton University campus.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present Elektra by Sophocles, the classic, dark, bloody tale of familial vengeance from ancient Greece, explored anew by guest director Alexandru Mihail and senior Evelyn Giovine in the title role. Performances will take place on February 5, 6, 11, 12, and 13 at 8:00 p.m. in the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio located at 185 Nassau Street.
The Lewis Center for the Arts has awarded Hodder Fellowships to fiction writer NoViolet Bulawayo, poet Jenny Johnson, playwright Jiehae Park, filmmaker Joshua Sanchez, and choreographer Karen Sherman.
Brian Eugenio Herrera, assistant professor in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University, has received the prestigious George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for his book, Latin Numbers: Playing Latino in Twentieth-Century U.S. Popular Performance, which examines Latino representation and Latino artists in American theater and culture.
Congratulations to Katherine Clifton '15 and Cameron Platt '16, two of the four Princeton students (and the 32 students nationwide) who have been named recipients of the Rhodes Scholarships to study at Oxford.