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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.