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’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present an exploration of a new play, Letters and Dreams, written by and featuring senior Fiona Bell, on January 11 and 13 at 8:00 p.m., January 12 at 4:30 p.m., and January 14 at 1:00 p.m. in the Class of 1970 Theatre at Whitman College on the Princeton campus. An audience talkback will follow the January 12 performance. The show is free and open to the public with tickets available in advance and at the door just prior to performances.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater in collaboration with the Arts Council of Princeton will present a performance of work created by Princeton students from Assistant Professor in Theater Brian Herrera’s fall course, “Autobiographical Storytelling: Princeton, Slavery, and Me.” In this performance students will use an array of storytelling modes to bring to life the historical materials unearthed by the Princeton & Slavery Project. The event will take place on Wednesday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts at 102 Witherspoon Street in Princeton. The event is free, but reservations are encouraged.
The Arts Council of Princeton presents the final presentation of Assistant Professor of Theater Brian Herrera’s "Autobiographical Storytelling: Princeton, Slavery, and Me” fall course offered through Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. The theater/creative writing course focuses on the stories we do (and don’t) tell about ourselves, as well as the stories we do (and don’t) tell about Princeton University. The workshop course engaged students directly with the historical materials unearthed by the "Princeton and Slavery Project” as they rehearsed the writing and performance skills necessary to remake the raw material drawn from lived experience into compelling autobiographical storytelling. Working in an array of storytelling modes, the students will share stories about how the history of slavery at Princeton University guides, informs, or challenges our ethical and moral understandings of the stories we choose to tell about ourselves. The final course presentation will be on Wednesday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts at 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton. The event is free and open to the public but advance registration is recommended.
On Wednesday, November 15, award-winning writer and theater critic Hilton Als and acclaimed poet Hoa Nguyen 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 Hearst Dance Theater at the Lewis Arts Complex, is free and open to the public.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present Eclipsed by Danai Gurira, featuring senior Ugonna Nwabueze with guest director Shariffa Ali, on November 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. Performances will take place in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center, 91 University Place. A panel discussion with African American artists working on the Princeton campus will follow the November 18 performance.
Princeton Arts Fellow and faculty member Jaamil Olawale Kosoko curates Reclamations! Lectures in Black Feminist Performance, welcoming award-winning interdisciplinary artist Autumn Knight on Monday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m. This performance lecture of Knight’s Documents is free and open to the public, and will be held in the Roberts Dance Studio in Princeton University's new Lewis Arts complex.
Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, Department of French and Italian, and L’Avant-Scène will present the sixth annual Seuls en Scène French Theater Festival, which will take place from September 15 to 30 at venues across the University’s campus. Some performances will be in English, while others will be in French with English subtitles; all are free and open to the public.
Theater critic and Visiting Lecturer in Theater Fintan O’Toole has been awarded the European Press Prize and the Orwell Prize for Journalism for his commentary on the Brexit referendum and its aftermath.
Program in Music Theater Director, Director of Fellowships, and theater faculty member Stacy Wolf was recognized at Princeton’s commencement ceremony on June 6 with a President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. She is one of four faculty members so honored this year.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater offers a workshop presentation of a new play, Spring on Fire: A Guatemalan Story, written by senior Edwin Rosales and directed by faculty member Suzanne Agins, on April 28, 29 and May 3, 4 and 5 at 8:00 p.m. in the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street. The new work follows a Maya family living in the highlands of Guatemala, the soldiers who occupy their village, and the spirits that guide and haunt them all during the most violent moment from the Guatemalan civil war. Audience talkbacks follow the April 29 and May 3 shows. The performances are free and open to the public.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Programs in Theater and Music Theater at Princeton University will present Into the Woods, one of the most beloved musicals by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, on April 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 at 8:00 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center. The production celebrates the launch of Princeton’s Program in Music Theater and is directed by faculty member Ethan Heard with music direction by Music Department alumna Emily Whitaker and a featured performance by senior Emily Libresco.
On April 11 at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, Broadway producer David Stone will discuss his career and work on Wicked and other hit musicals, and Broadway performer Arielle Jacobs will lead a master class and discuss her international performing career in musicals such as In the Heights, Aladdin, and Wicked. Both guests are being hosted by Professor of Theater Stacy Wolf and her students as part of the spring course “Race and the American Musical Theater, from Minstrelsy to Hamilton.” Stone’s discussion is open to the public and will take place at 1:30 p.m. (rescheduled from March 14) and Jacobs’s master class, which is open to the public to observe, will follow at 3:00 p.m. in Room 219 at 185 Nassau Street. Presented by the Lewis Center’s Program in Music Theater and co-sponsored by Princeton’s Program in American Studies, these events are free.
In a recent interview published by Princeton Magazine, Director of the Program in Theater Jane Cox discusses the path she took to become a lighting designer and how she juggles her career as an educator, working artist, and mother.