Image from AuralWes venue page on the WestCo cafe. Showtunes Sideways went up in the cafe during the weekend of April 28
The following is a write-in from Kai Magee ’18. Kai reached out to us after his concept for a Showtunes Sideways performance was rejected. We decided to publish his statement (modified from an open letter to the Showtunes Sideways coordinators) in order to give a voice to someone on campus who felt like they weren’t being heard, and to hopefully address issues of trans representation and inclusion in our community.
The following views are the writer’s own.
“The last three days I’ve been working straight 9-5, and I mean 9 AM to 5 AM!”
Hello crazy thesis-ers and also crazy other people reading this! In this third installment of THESISCRAZY 2017, I bring to you the longest interview I’ve seen in my tenure at Wesleyan, clocking in at just over 20 minutes, and the shortest, at just under four. You can check my unscientific assertion for yourself by reading our archive here and checking out the first two posts of the series here and here.
If you’re interested in being interviewed (preferably for shorter than 20 minutes and longer than 4–eight to ten is usually the sweet spot!), email staff(at)wesleying(dot)org with your name, major, workspace/carrel number, and times you can meet before April 19th.
Hold onto your hats for this whirlwind of a ride after the jump!
From Rachel Sobelsohn ’17:
Audition to be part of a staged reading of The Laundry Room, playwright Rachel Sobelsohn’s Senior Honors Playwriting Thesis, directed by Sam Morreale ’19!
The Laundry Room subverts the girl-meets-boy character convention to be a queer love story between two women with disabilities. This thesis aims to normalize disability onstage. It is a comedy, and the entire play takes place in a college laundry room.
To audition, we ask that you be a female-identifying actor. We are especially excited about working with actors who identify as having a disability, being that the goal is to normalize disability onstage. Disability can include, but is not limited to, mental illness, physical impairments, and even dietary restrictions like food allergies or celiac disease.
We are also looking for actors of color because disability is conventionally figured as white, and we wish to push against this stereotype through visible representation onstage. Even if you don’t identify as having a disability (or you do, and identify as white), we would still love to see you at auditions! We want to further a conversation about disability, and if you’re excited about that, then we’re excited about you!
The two-character play will only run about an hour. We will rehearse for two to three hours for the first two weeks, and four to five hours the second two weeks. We will present the staged reading on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 at 8pm!
No need to prepare anything as we will provide sides to read. We welcome both new and experienced actors.
Please sign up to audition here. Walk ins are more than welcome! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Sam (smorreale[at]wesleyan[dot]edu) or Rachel (rsobelsohn[at]wesleyan[dot]edu).
Date: Wednesday and Thursday, March 29-30th
Time: 4:30-6:30 and 5:30-7:30pm respectively
Place: Theater Studios, East Room
From the CFA:
Urban Bush Women returns to Wesleyan with the Connecticut premiere of “Walking with ‘Trane” (2015), an ethereal investigation conjuring the essence of John Coltrane. Inspired by the musical life and spiritual journey of the famed jazz saxophonist, the work is choreographed by founder and Artistic Director Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Associate Artistic Director Samantha Speis, and Dramaturg Talvin Wilks in collaboration with the company, and set to live music by composers George Caldwell and Philip White, inspired by Mr. Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” and other works.
There will be a pre-performance discussion at 7:15pm facilitated by Wesleyan DanceLink Fellowship recipient Luisa Donovan ’18.
Date: Friday, March 3rd
Place: CFA Theater
Second Stage here with this weekend’s show. For tickets, click here!
Description: A girl is abducted by the aliens she has been searching for her whole life. Unfortunately, her father has stowed away on the ship.
Come see the show to find out what happens next! For more information, click here.
A quick note about our eventbrite:
Each person is able to reserve up to two (2) tickets. If you try to reserve anymore than that, those tickets will be given to other people looking to see the show. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the show. Any later than 10 minutes before the show, and you are at risk of forfeiting your ticket to someone on the wait-list.
Dates: Thursday – Saturday, February 23-25th
Times: 8pm, 8pm, 2pm, and 8pm respectively
Runtime: 45 minutes
Place: ’92 Theater
WARNING: Strobes, flashing lights, & loud sounds
House count limited, wait-list begins one hour before showtime. No late seating.
Last year’s directors of the Vagina Monologues, Jessica Perelman ’17 and Eileen Connor ’18 have taken some time to write about why the Monologues won’t be happening on our campus this year.
This post comes as a way to continue conversations about the main subject of the Vagina Monologues- womanhood. As there have been continuous discussions in recent years about whether the Monologues should persist, this post comes not as a defense to “why” or “why not,” but mostly just to inform the wider campus community.
I don’t think it is too difficult to find the problems with the Monologues portrayal of womanhood, as it equates being a woman to having a vagina, a notion which is widely understood to be false. If this idea comes as new to you…. ??¿?¿¿?¿ The discussion of the Dialogues on this campus have also culminated in the creation of a more accepting and accessible version of the Dialogues called the Shmagina Dialogues. But of course, the fight for equity is still ongoing.
In general, this is a conversation we can all continue to learn from, and use to understand gender and sexuality in larger social contexts.
Find the previous directors story below:
Hello friends, and welcome to the first ever personally posted SECOND STAGE POST! We have some fun and exciting things in store for you this weekend:
Interested in theater? Weekend of Workshops is here! This semester Second Stage is offering a wide variety of VERY EXCITING and VERY NEW workshops, primarily for people interested in acting, directing, stage managing, music directing, play-writing, and design. All workshops will take place in the ’92 Theater. Here is a schedule:
Friday, February 17th:
5-6PM: Anystage — For playwrights and people interested in student-written work!
Saturday, February 18th:
2-3PM: Vectorworks — if you’re interested in set or lights this is for you!
3:30-4:30PM: Music directing
3:30-4:30PM: Warmups — Calling actors and directors, come learn and share warmups
4:30-5:30PM: Directors’ Roundtable — If you’re directing this semester or are interested in directing at some point, come talk about being a director!
5:30-6:30PM: TECH WEEK 101 — If you are new to design, stage management, or directing this is of the utmost importance for you to attend! It will teach you how to tech week!
Sunday, February 19th:
1-2PM: Stage Management
4-5PM: Sound in the ’92
7-8PM: Movement in theater: Come play with different techniques of movement in theater
Come learn about theater with us!
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.
Miranda Hoyt-Disick ’19 writes in:
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
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)
From Lucy De Souza (BA ’16, MA ’17, part of this cast forever):
Another semester, another Rocky Horror!
We would like, if we may, to take you on a strange journey- a journey through the craziest night in the lives of the newly engaged Brad and Janet. After a flat tire halts their trip to see an old science teacher, the couple stumbles upon Dr. Frank-n-Furter’s castle, filled with servants, groupies, party guests, and his very own live experiment. Come see the campiest, sexiest horror parody movie this side of Denton! Absent Toast, Wesleyan’s very own Rocky Horror Picture Show shadowcast performs the midnight cult classic right in front of the screen, with full audience participation.
Dressing up in your finest corsets, fishnets, and heels STRONGLY encouraged!
Doors Open at 11:00
Pre-Show Begins 11:30
Show Starts Midnight
**FREE and unticketed**
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/353026791720774/
Frank-n-Furter – Ryan McMahon
Janet – Darci Collins
Brad – Elizaveta Kravchenko
Riff Raff – Charlie Barrett
Magenta – Rhea Drozdenko
Columbia – Sarah Jacobs
Rocky – Lucy De Souza
Eddie/Dr. Scott – Kira Stern
Crim – Sivan Basha Piatigorsky-Roth
MC – Anthony Sertel Dean
Trixie – Aliya Shecter
Transylvanians – Lucy Paige Rubin (Director), Olivia Riddick (Director), Aliya Shecter, Ava Biery, Brenda Quintana, Kimberly Hipo, Kylie Moynihan
Date: Friday, December 9
Place: The Ring Family Performance Hall (formerly the CFA Hall)