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.
Acclaimed composer, virtuosic violist, and Princeton Atelier guest artist Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin gives a concert performance with guest artists on Tuesday, February 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum at the Lewis Arts complex. Presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Princeton Atelier, the concert is free and open to the public.
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon will present a reading from his recent poetry collections joined by acclaimed singer Iarla Ó Lionáird and composer Dan Trueman, in celebration of Muldoon’s latest volume Lamenations and the three artists’ collaboration with Eighth Blackbird, Olagón: a Cantata in Doublespeak. The reading, presented by Princeton University’s Fund for Irish Studies, will take on place on Friday, February 23 at 4:30 p.m. in the Wallace Theater located at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus. This event is free and open to the public. Performances of Olagón are being presented on February 22 through 24.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance at Princeton University will present an evening of dance choreographed by Princeton senior Clark Griffin in collaboration with his cast, investigating the inherent social and relational dynamics of the human body through forms of non-classical virtuosity. Performances will be held February 22 and 23 at 8:30 p.m. and February 24 at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Hearst Dance Theater at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton University campus. The performances are free and open to the public.
Fiction writer and Professor of Creative Writing, Emeritus, Edmund White has been awarded the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Career Achievement in American Fiction. The biannual award recognizes a living American author whose scale of achievement in fiction, over a sustained career, places him or her in the highest rank of American literature.
Award-winning writer Nicole Dennis-Benn and five seniors in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University will read from their work at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, February 16 at Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau Street. The reading is part of the C. K. Williams Reading Series, named in honor of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning poet who served on Princeton’s creative writing faculty for 20 years.
The Visual Arts Program at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts will present a screening of 27 short student films created in the fall semester courses “Documentary Filmmaking” taught by Jason Fox, “Short Comedy Filmmaking” taught by Yaara Sumeruk, and "Digital Animation" taught by Tim Szetela. The screening, which is free and open to the public, will be presented on Wednesday, February 14 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater, located on the first floor of 185 Nassau Street. A reception will follow the screening.
The renowned internationally touring Black Maria Film Festival will screen seven short works at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Art on Monday, February 26 at 4:30 p.m. Introduced by Festival Director Jane Steuerwald, the screening of short documentary, narrative, and animated films will take place in the James M. Stewart '32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street in Princeton. 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 Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal on February 10, 16, 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. and February 11 at 2 p.m. in the Wallace Theater at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus. The musical, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and an energetic pop/rock score by Tom Kitt, takes an unflinching look at a modern family struggling with the effects of mental illness. The production, directed by returning guest director Ethan Heard with music direction by Alex Ratner, features seniors Kat Giordano and Katie Frorer and is stage managed by senior Magda Stankowska. Audience talkbacks led my mental health experts will follow the February 11 and 19 performances.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present an exploration of the play, Fly, written by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan, on February 8, 9 and 10 at 8:00 p.m. in the Matthews Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street on the Princeton campus. The production features Princeton senior Nemo Teferi and is directed by guest director Whitney White. An audience talkback will follow the February 10 performance. The show is free and open to the public with tickets available in advance and at the door just prior to performances.
On Wednesday, February 7, international award-winning writer, bestselling novelist and activist Alaa Al Aswany will read with acclaimed poet Linda Gregerson, recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, the Kingsley Tufts Award, and four Pushcart Prizes, as part of the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series of the Program in Creative Writing at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. The reading, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Donald G. Drapkin Studio at the Lewis Arts Complex, is free and open to the public.
This fall semester, eight Princeton undergraduates are exploring the art of the photographic portrait through historical and contemporary perspectives, as well as producing their own projects in the course “Portraiture: The Practice of Representation."
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present the haunting drama Etched in Skin on a Sunlit Night by Kara Lee Corthron, directed by senior Abigail Jean-Baptiste, on January 11, 12 and 14 at 8:00 p.m. and January 13 at 9:00 p.m. Performances will take place in the Wallace Theater at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Princeton Atelier will present a staged reading of original musical theater works that are inspired by the history revealed through the Princeton & Slavery Project on Saturday, January 13 with performances at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. in the Faculty Room of Nassau Hall on the Princeton campus. The event is free and open to the public but seating is limited and advance tickets are recommended.