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
So maybe you’re a freshman, nervous and overwhelmed by all the information coming at you about classes, housing, what to bring from home – and are feeling like you can’t even begin to think about bigger issues on campus. Or maybe you’re a senior and feel like you’ve gotten this far and never really involved yourself in any social/political engagement on campus, so now it’s way too late and where would you even begin if you wanted to. Wherever you might stand, activism at Wes can seem like a huge, widespread and unnavigable thing.
Thankfully, some very committed students are trying to change that sentiment and make activism within the Wesleyan world an approachable and cohesive community. This past week, the Disorientation Guide was released through the University Organizing Center site to bring together the wide-ranging issues affecting us into one document. The entire Disorientation zine can be downloaded here, and I strongly recommend that everyone take a look at it.
From Chando Mapoma ’16:
Members of Reslife staff as well as members of Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights will host a lively conversation about the politics, history,and controversies surrounding language used to talk about disabilities and people with disabilities. Information about disability services also will be available. Afterwards,students with disabilities will be available to discuss their experiences on campus.
Time: 6-8 pm
Place: Clark Hall. Basement Lounge
Hey! Snacks! And a discussion! From Sarah Kalish ’14:
Join members of Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights for a conversation about transitioning to college, resources on campus, and any questions you may have about disability/support services or student life at Wesleyan.
We also encourage current students from whatever background to join us to speak on their own experience at Wesleyan.
All are welcome! There will be snacks!
Date: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Time: 4:30 PM
Place: 41 Wyllys Avenue, Rooms 110 and 112
You will have the chance to hear from undergraduate students from Wesleyan and recent graduates and world-class Paralympians from other institutions about their experience working with faculty. All are welcome.
This event is sponsored by The Hartford Insurance Company, and Wesleyan University’s Human Resources, Disabilities Services and Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights. (4:15-5:15 p.m.)
- Date: TODAY, Oct. 20
- Time: 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
- Place: Usdan 108