On Wednesday, September 26, award-winning poet and memoirist Li-Young Lee and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter Lynn Nottage will read from their work as part of the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series of the Program in Creative Writing at the Lewis Center for the Arts. The reading, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Wallace Theater at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton University campus, is free and open to the public. In response to audience feedback, all readings for this year’s series will move from 4:30 p.m. to a 7:30 p.m. evening time slot.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Programs in Theater and Music Theater at Princeton University will present a reading of all or excerpts of a new musical in development, Foreign Bodies, conceived and directed by Princeton alumnus Whitney Mosery, book by alumnus Joshua Williams with music and lyrics by Yve Blake, performed by Princeton students. The reading, which is the culmination of a development workshop created to benefit both current students and recent Princeton alumni, is free and open to the public and will be presented on Tuesday, September 11 at 8:00 p.m. in the Wallace Theater at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus.
Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, Department of French and Italian, and L’Avant-Scène will present the seventh annual Seuls en Scène French Theater Festival, which will take place from September 21 to 29 at venues across the University’s campus. Most performances will be in French with English subtitles; all are free and open to the public but tickets must be reserved. Seuls en Scène ushers in the 18th season of L’Avant-Scène, a French theater troupe of Princeton students. It also celebrates professional theatrical achievements from the past year: many of the invited artists to Seuls en Scène are prominent contributors to contemporary theater in France. The Festival is organized by Florent Masse, Senior Lecturer in the Department of French and Italian and director of L’Avant-Scène.
Poet and Princeton alumna Jenny Xie has been selected as the latest recipient of the Theodore H. Holmes ’51 and Bernice Holmes National Poetry Prize awarded by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University.
The Visual Arts Program in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University will present an exhibition of recent work in a wide range of media by 19 graduating seniors in the Program. The exhibition, titled The Big Time Senior Wrap-Up Kick-Off Blowout Expo ’18, will highlight work by students completed as part of their senior thesis projects and will be on view from Thursday, May 17 to Wednesday, June 6 in the Hurley Gallery in the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton University campus. An opening reception at the gallery will be held on May 17 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater will present a workshop premiere of a new play, Trash Mermaids, written by senior Miles Dupuis Carey and directed by Princeton alumna Catherine Andre, on May 10, 11 and 13 at 8:00 p.m. and May 12 at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. in the Donald G. Drapkin Studio at Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus. The new work is a queer, ecological riff on the story of “The Little Mermaid.” An audience talkback led by Assistant Professor of Theater Brian Herrera will follow the May 10 performance. Admission is free, however seating is limited and on a first-come, first-seated basis.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Programs in Theater and Music Theater at Princeton University will present Trailing Rhiannon, a new musical play written by Princeton senior Emma Watkins that interweaves Celtic folk music with storytelling tradition to reimagine one of Welsh mythology's most fiercely outspoken female protagonists. The production is directed by senior Abigail Jean-Baptiste. Performances will be presented May 10 through 13 at 8:00 p.m. with a matinee on May 13 at 2:00 p.m. in the Wallace Theatre at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Princeton Atelier will present Rising Waters: Climate Change Games, an end-of-semester exhibition of early-stage interactive video games inspired by investigations into climate change created by students in a spring Atelier course taught by award-winning new media artist and game designer Matt Parker. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 9 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the CoLab at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus. This culminating presentation will take the form of an open interactive exhibition where visitors can try out five new games.
Students in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ world-renowned Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University will present new work in a series of readings on May 2 at 5:00 p.m., May 8 at 4:30 p.m., and May 9 at 4:30 p.m.
The Program in Visual Arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University will present a Junior + Senior Film Screening featuring three new short films by students in the Program: Fishing the Short Run by senior Pat Rooney, Ibeji by senior Mariah Wilson, and Perfidia Activist by junior David Lopera. The screening on Monday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Frist Film/Performance Theatre at Frist Campus Center will be repeated on May 10 at 11:00 p.m. at the Garden Theater at 160 Nassau Street. Both screenings are free and open to the public.
Students in Princeton University’s spring course “How to Write a Song,” offered by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing and the Department of Music, will present original songs at a concert on May 1 at 4:30 p.m. at the Frist Film/Performance Theatre at the Frist Campus Center on the Princeton campus. The students will perform selected new work completed over the past semester. The concert is free and open to the public.
The Lewis Center for the Arts announces more than $115,000 in awards to support the summer projects and research of 45 Princeton undergraduates, chosen from 85 applicants. For many recipients, the funding provides the resources to conduct research, undertake training, and pursue other opportunities critical to achieving their senior thesis project goals in the arts.
Two current Princeton University Lewis Center for the Arts faculty members received 2018-19 Rome Prizes from The American Academy in Rome. Writer Kirstin Valdez Quade, a member of the Program in Creative Writing faculty, and guest artist and puppeteer Basil Twist, who is currently teaching a Princeton Atelier course, are among the 29 winners announced at a ceremony on April 12 at in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium at Cooper Union in New York.
Princeton Arts Fellow Erika Sánchez will host a reading by poets Natalie Diaz, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Christopher Soto in celebration of the launch of Nepantla, An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color (Nightboat Books, May 2018) on Tuesday, May 1 at 4:30 p.m. at Princeton University. The reading will take place in the Wallace Theater at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus and will be preceded by a reception and book sale in the Forum just outside the theater entrance starting at 4:00 p.m. Presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts and co-organized by Erika Sánchez and Christopher Soto in collaboration with Lambda Literary, and cosponsored by Labyrinth Books in Princeton, the event is free and open to the public.
Award-winning writer and Princeton alumna Jenny Xie and six 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, April 27 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.