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Reading by Novelist Susan Choi

susan-choiFrom Quinn Frenzel ’16:

On Wednesday, February 15, 8:00 pm, at Russell House, the Wesleyan University English Department will host a reading by Millet writing fellow Susan Choi. Susan Choi studied literature at Yale and writing at Cornell, and worked for several years as a fact-checker for The New Yorker. Her first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. Her third novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. In 2010 she was named the inaugural recipient of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, she lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Date: Wednesday, February 15th
Time: 8-10pm
Place (UPDATED): Russell House Memorial Chapel

Healing Forward: Sustainable Self-Care for Survivors

Self HelpLex Spirtes ’17 writes in:

Restore mind, body, and spirit in this 9 week support group for female-identified survivors of sexual violence on Wednesdays beginning February 15th from 5:30-7:00 PM!! Topics include: self-compassion, sleep, hygiene, sex and sexuality, body image, creativity and play, mindfulness, and healthy relationships. Sessions will include art, movement, and other activities! Email Alysha B. Warren, LPC, Therapist/Sexual Violence Resource Coordinator at awarren[at]wesleyan[dot]edu by 2/13 to sign up!!

Deadline: Monday, February 13th

Date Change for Eli Clare, Annual Disability Studies Lecture!

Eli ClareFrom Professor Margot Weiss:

RESCHEDULED FROM STORM: Please join us Monday, February 13th at 4:30pm in Russell House to hear writer, activist, and poet Eli Clare read from his just-out-yesterday book Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure (Duke University Press 2017). Combining memoir, history, and cultural analysis, Brilliant Imperfection explores the deeply held belief that body-minds considered broken need to be fixed. Taking neither an anti- nor pro-cure position, Clare weaves together race, disability, sexuality, class, gender, and environmental politics to uncover the value of body-mind difference.

Date: Monday, February 13th
Time: 4:30-6PM
Place: Russell House

Guest Post: What’s Going On With Theater At Wesleyan?

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Some of you have probably seen on Facebook that there is something going wrong with the Theater Department, and might have further questions.  Maia Nelles-Sager ’17 wrote a piece explaining the state of the Wesleyan Theater Department and submitted it to Wesleying. We are deciding to post it because we think it represents an all-too-often occurrence where departments are neglected and visiting professors are overworked.

As with many things at Wesleyan, there are inner workings of the administration  to which students don’t have access. In the case of the post below, these things are having a direct impact on the formal education that we have come here to receive. As a prospective theater major, this post is something near and dear to me. I’ve seen a big cry for transparency in our community, and I hope you all will take time to see why many students are looking for it in the case of the Theater Department. Read past the jump for Maia’s post.

Audition for Aporia!

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Miranda Hoyt-Disick ’19 writes in:

We’re back!
If you liked the staged-reading, you’ll love our fully-fledged production of this original student-written musical advised by none other than Lin Manuel Miranda 02’s writing partner, Professor Quiara Hudes.

Synopsis: In ancient Greece, The wise-talking Protaginus travels to Athens to trick wealthy patrons out of their money, only to fall for the wrong girl and become embroiled in an epic (rap) battle of rhetoric in the process. This wry, musical throwback explores competing theories of philosophy that we still debate in 2016, indulging in a kickline or two along the way.

What you should bring: 16 bars of your favorite song and a monologue (or joke, or just really funny story) to help us get to know you.

Callbacks will be Sunday, January 28th, same time, same place.

Written by: Zach Ezer ’17 and Eli Maskin ’17
Directed by: Miranda Hoyt-Disick
contact Miranda Hoyt-Disick at mhoytdisick[at]wesleyan[dot]edu with any questions.

Date: Friday and Saturday, January 27-28
Time: 4:30-6:30pm
Place: Alpha Delt (we’ll let you in–picking locks is not part of your audition. But if you can do that let us know cause that’s cool and useful)

Audition for Hedwig and the Angry Inch!

hedwigMaia Golden ’17 writes in:

Calling all singers, actors, drag queens, rocks stars, and musical queers! This is a 2 actor rock musical/concert, and we need your help to bring its gender-bending-glam-rock glory to life!

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a 2 person rock musical which takes place entirely at Hedwig’s (and her band, The Angry Inch’s) concert. It’s beautiful, sexy, fun, punk, glam, and everything in between. Written by a Wes alum :o Stephen Trask ’89 and John Cameron Mitchell, this little show has some big ideas about theatricality, gender, pop, punk, rock, and roll, and we want YOU to come audition for it!

WHAT WE’D LIKE FROM YOU:
-16-32 bars of a rock song of your choice!
-An optional 1-2 minute monologue of your choice (sides will be provided)
-A little familiarity with the show–literally just skim the wikipedia.

SIGN UP FOR A TIME:
Walk ins are welcome too, you may just have to wait a second longer. Sign up for a slot here.

***THIS SHOW IS GOING UP AS A WINTER INTENSIVE. WE WILL REHEARSE OVER WINTER BREAK (not all of it, don’t worry) AND PUT IT UP WHEN WE GET BACK TO SCHOOL NEXT SEMESTER***

If you have questions, comments, concerns, or jokes, please direct them to:
Maia Golden mnellessager[at]wesleyan[dot]edu
Cheyanne Williams ’17 ctwilliams[at]wes
Chloe Briskin ’18cbriskin[at]wes
Simon Korn ’18 – skorn[at]wes
Nola Werlinich ’17 – nwerlinich[at]wes

Yours in aesthetic solidarity.

Date: Friday and Saturday, October 14-15
Time: 5-7PM and 4-6PM respectively
Where: Boger Hall Room 114

Facebook Event Here

Second Stage Presents: Weekend of Workshops ROUND 2!!!

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Second Stage Workshop Queen Maya Herbsman ’17 writes in:

Welcome to Weekend of Workshops Round 2!! This time around we are teaching a WHOLE BUNCH OF EXCITING NEW THINGS!!!!

This weekend we have workshops for DIRECTORS, ACTORS, PLAYWRIGHTS, STAGE MANAGERS, DESIGNERS (Costume, Set, Lights, Sound, EVERYTHING!), DRAMATURGS AND MORE! As always, all workshops will take place in the ’92 Theater and will last around an hour unless otherwise specified. We’re doing some amazing stuff this weekend, come check us out and email Maya Herbsman (mherbsman[at]wesleyan[dot]edu) with any questions!

Click through the jump for the schedule and descriptions of each workshop:

Second Stage Presents: A Weekend of Workshops!

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Maya Herbsman ’17 writes in:

Ever wanted to learn more about ANY ASPECT OF THEATER? Want to meet some fun theater people? Want to find out how to get involved in student theater at Wes? COME CHECK OUT SECOND STAGE’S WEEKEND OF WORKSHOPS!

Here is the schedule:

SATURDAY 9/17
2PM – ANYSTAGE INTEREST MEETING: Interested in student written work? Are you a playwright or a director looking for a project or just curious about what AnyStage is? Come learn with Maya Herbsman, May Treuhaft-Ali ’17, and Danielle Lobo ’19.
4PM – AUDIO WORKSHOP: Come learn the basics of audio with Anthony Sertel Dean ’17!

SUNDAY 9/18
2PM – LIGHTING/ELECTRICS WORKSHOP: Maia Golden ’17 and Phillip Heilbron ’18 will be teaching the building blocks of electrics and lighting on campus. If you want to get involved with lighting on campus, definitely plan to come to this!
3PM – GENIE TRAINING: Also important for lighting!! You get to go in the air it’s exciting
4PM – SHOP TRAINING: Interested in carpentry/set making/building? Come get trained on how to use power tools and other fun things by Nola Werlinich ’17. (*Closed toed shoes required for this workshop.*)

A NOTE: Being a carpenter and/or electrician are excellent ways to get involved in theater, so come check us out!

More workshops to come in a few weeks, if there’s something you’d like to learn that isn’t listed here, or if you have any questions, feel free to email Maya Herbsman at mherbsman[at]wesleyan[dot]edu

Date: Saturday and Sunday, September 17-18
Time: Please see the above description
Location: The ’92 Theater

Facebook event here

Audition for Directing 1!

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Nola Werlinich ’17 writes in:

Directing I is a studio course offered by the theater department for students interested in investigating the role and work of a director. For this class to be successful, we need student actors to work with us! Anyone–theater major or not–who’s interested in exploring two to three person scenes with a student-director can audition, and if you get in, you will receive a half credit for your work. You will need to be free on Mondays from 1:20pm-4:10pm.

We will be working with texts from classical and contemporary playwrights including but not limited to: Paula Vogel, Tennessee Williams, Quiara Hudes, and Arthur Miller.

If you are interested in auditioning, come by the Theater Studio (TST 001) between 6:30-9:30pm on Monday, September, 12. Be prepared with a 1-2 minute memorized monologue, and an explanation of why you chose it. Also, we encourage all people of all identities to audition!

Have questions? Feel free to contact Russell Goldman ’17 (our TA) at rgoldman[at]wesleyan[dot]edu

For more info, check out the class on Wesmaps.

Date: Tomorrow, Monday, September 12th
Time:
6:30-9:30PM
Place:
Theater Studios (TST 001)
Link to the Facebook event here.

 

Shapiro Center Open House

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Zenzele Price ’18 writes in:

Hey, frosh! Head over to the Shapiro Center for Creative Writing on Thursday to learn more about Wesleyan’s creative writing hub! The Shapiro Center offers readings, classes with professional writers, workshops with peers, and an open space for student events. It’s also a 24 hour study space with an endless supply of free coffee and animal crackers.
Refreshments will be available.
Date: Thursday, September 8th
Time: 6-8PM
Place: Shapiro Center (167 High St)