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Gag Reflex: The Reading Week Show

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Bennett Kirschner ’13 asks me last minute to post something for him, in what is likely and tragically the last time ever:

Friends, the end is nigh. In celebration of our academic conquests, let us all sit back in the halls of Exley as Gag Reflex transports us to netherworlds and gyrates its lady-like limbs for the last time this year. I, for one, will be there, and I do hope you will be too.

Date: Today, May 13th
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Exley Lobby (outside of Pi)

Memorial Service for Noah Langholz ’14

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This is a reminder that today, Friday, April 5th, at 3:30 PM, the Wesleyan community is invited to attend a memorial service for Noah Langholz ’14 in the Memorial Chapel. There will be a reception held in the Seminar Room of the Freeman East Asian Center at 4:45, following the service. Refreshments will be served and Noah’s photography will be on display.

Date: Today, April 5th
Time: 3:30 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel

Remembering Noah Langholz ’14

Update: The deadline for submissions has been pushed to Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.

Noah Langholz ’14 passed away in his home last Tuesday, March 19th. Noah was a generous, vital person who left many friends behind. As part of a memorial service planned for next week, we will be collecting memories of Noah from the Wesleyan student body to pass along to his family as a display of condolence and solidarity. If you are interested in reaching out, please send a story, anecdote, or memory of Noah or message to his family at the following email address: RememberingNoah(at)gmail(dot)com. There are no length requirements; feel free to share something as short as a single sentence. Some of the collected material will be used in the memorial service—if you do not want your writing to be shared with the community here or wish to remain anonymous, please specify in the email.

Please submit by Sunday, March 31st Wednesday, April 3rd at 5:00 p.m. Your thoughts will be cherished by his family and provide comfort to all of us who are struggling with his passing.

Sal Hepatica this Weekend at the ’92

From my girl Bennett Kirschner ’13:

Friends! Lovers! Acquaintances! Unknowns! Sal Hepatica goes up this weekend, at 7 and 9PM on Friday and 7PM on Saturday. Together, we will enjoy magical renditions of tiny animals, travel to far-away places, dance to be-bop jazz, and grapple with the paralyzing force of meticulous cleanliness. The show is three tiny shows bundled up into one delightful hour — seats are very limited, so we recommend you come whenever you can.

Friday, February 8th
Saturday, February 9th

7:00 PM and 9:00 PM (Friday)
7:00 PM (Saturday)

’92 Theater

“A Streetcar Named Desire” Auditions

bennett likes this picture because he says that everyone would expect a picture of marlon brando but here you're just given the banality of the script

From Bennett Kirschner ’13:

Actors! Dancers! Musicians! Come on out and audition for an ensemble production of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The three-month rehearsal process, and the production concepts that will be going along with it, promise to be very exciting. Memorized monologues are requested but certainly not required – we will have sides available. Each audition should take only 10 minutes; feel free to drop by on any of the three days. Please find further details below.

Thursday, January 31st
Friday, February 1st
Saturday, February 2nd

4:00-6:00 PM (Thursday and Friday)
2:00-4:00 PM (Saturday)

Fayerweather 106 (Thursday and Friday)
Usdan 110 (Saturday)

Letter To a Young Lady in Paris Auditions

Ladies! Zach Libresco ’13 and Bennett Kirschner ’13 — you might have seen their work together on True West — invite you to come audition for their original adaptation of Julio Cortazar’s short story, “Letter to a Young Lady in Paris”:

The show is a 30-minute celebratory romp that we are hoping to put up the weekend of February 7th, and there are only two characters. Themes of the play include the translation, the concept of order, vomited bunnies, and the intoxicating nature of be-bop jazz, all promising to make for a strange, experimental, collaborative rehearsal process. Please come join us tomorrow for auditions in Fayerweather 106 from 12-2PM. No need to have anything prepared — the audition should only be 10 minutes of exercises and readings. We look forward to meeting you. For questions, please e-mail

Date: December 9th
Time: 12:00-2:00 PM
Place: Fayerweather 106

Audition for Trouble, a Senior Thesis Film

Trouble, a senior thesis film about a boy who just can’t straighten up and fly right, is looking for actors:

We need some men who look like young’uns, a woman capable of inspiring some confusing feelings in boys, and plenty of others. Come out to the Nicolson Lounge this Tuesday, October 9, between 6:00 and 8:00 to audition. No preparation is necessary, but be ready to do a cold read and sweep a broom.

Date: Tuesday, October 9
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Place: Nicolson Lounge


From Alex Barkats ’12:
Come see Smack the Stack! An original play written and directed by your favorite Danimals, Alek Barkats ’12 and Howe Pearson ’12, about cards and families, that is at once a glimpse into the consciousness of the Jack of Hearts and a murder mystery. Somewhere between Alice In Wonderland and The Price Is Right.


Date: Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5
Time: 8:00-9:00 pm
Place: The Career Resource Center (41 Wyllys Ave.)
Cost: None

Gag Reflex: The Remember the Alamo Show

From Gag Reflex ’74:

Susan bids her mother, “Open the curtains! It is time for my public weeping and urination!” Mrs. Horton, besmeared with pudding, floating above the stage, sustained in flight by pulleys and puppeteers, wafts towards the sandbags and thrusts at them with knives, releasing dunes. She shreds up small pieces of paper in orgiastic delight. She bids she be flown forward. She hovers above Susan and drops chickens on her head. Mrs. Horton delivers her first line: “Turn on the waffle iron, Susan!”

Susan screams, “I can’t!” She overturns the poker table and chases all her cats around the stage. The cats are mauling the chickens and having their horrid eyes pecked out. Mrs. Horton smudges dirt into clumps of cabbage. She tosses bananas into piles and spits on them, throws down her shoes. “No one loves you!”

Susan begins to cry. “One day I will be an enormous statue of a man!” Mrs. Horton shakes in fits of glee and gales out loud, “No chance!” Mrs. Horton descends upon a heap of bacon. “Piss!”

The stage is flooded and the playhouse and the audience are all swept out to sea and Enormous Charles, the pirate squid, cooks them with his lasers.

DATE: Today! Friday, April 13th
TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: Westco Cafe
COST: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$zero