Tag Archives: shakespeare

400 Years of the Bard in Print: From the First Folio to Text Messages

Shakespeare-posterFrom SC&A and the Friends of the Wesleyan Library:

Wesleyan’s Special Collections & Archives has an excellent collection of Shakespeare’s works, from 1623 to the present. Drop in to this open house to view rare, illustrated, and unusual editions of the Bard. There are two sessions: 12-1 pm, and 4-6 pm.

Date: Thursday, April 21 — today!~
Time: 4-6 PM
Place: Davison Rare Book Room, Special Collections & Archives, 1st floor Olin Library

Audition for Othello!

silly-shakespeareCoz Deicke ’15 is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on:

Othello will be a redesigned, reimagined, and modernized version of the Shakespearean original, adapted and directed by Coz Deicke and going up in the secluded, back-of-house darkness of the ’92 Theater November 6th-8th.

Othello is a female director at a major theater company, who gives the lead role in the upcoming production to Cassio, snubbing her dear friend Iago. Thus, Iago vows to get his revenge on Othello and wreck tragedy upon all who inhabit the theater. The play plays with gender, different eras of language, evil, and of course, comedy!

Auditions will be in the Jones Room of the Theater Studios SUNDAY 9/7 and MONDAY 9/8 from 4:30 to 7:00 PM.

Second Stage presents HAMLET

poster2 copy

Courtesy of S. Dylan Zwickel ’14:

What is it ye would see? If aught of woe or wonder, cease your search.

Come see HAMLET by William Shakespeare this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 and Saturday at 2 in the ’92 Theater! Tickets are available starting at 10 am at the box office in Usdan the day of the performance. Tickets will be extremely limited, so make sure to get there early!

The performance will involve some audience movement, so please wear shoes in which you’ll be comfortable standing and walking!

Sponsored by Second Stage

Dates: Thursday, April 24th–Saturday, April 26th, 2014
Time: 8PM
Place: ’92 Theater

Urgent Zombie Recruitment Notice

Haley Rauch ’15 writes in that you don’t have to wait until Zombies vs. Humans to undead yo’self: 

CASTING OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL! Oddfellows Playhouse is calling all zombie lovers for William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead: A True Account of the Zombie Plague of 1599. With only one rehearsal–Nov. 6, 7, or 8 from 6:30pm to 10:30pm– you can be a zombie ensemble member for at least one show! No audition necessary. Performances are November 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17. All rehearsals and performances are at Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown. Come and have some gory fun!

For more information, call Matt Pugliese at 860-347-6143 or email him at matt(at)oddfellows(dot)org ASAP.

Michael Steves Seeks Extras for Macbeth

Michael Steves ’13 is full o’ the milk of human kindness:

Second Stage’s production of Macbeth, which goes up May 3rd, 4th, and 5th, is seeking extras to be in a battle scene and in a few transition sequences. If you’ve been looking for an easy way to get involved in student theater, this is a great chance! The time commitment is minimal and you’ll get to meet a bunch of fun people. Contact me at msteves(at)wesleyan(dot)edu if you’re interested in being an extra in the show. No theater experience necessary.

Contact: msteves@wes

Sea Changes and A Night at the Purgatory Pub

Dante’s “Inferno” and Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” reimagined by incarcerated men and women, presented by Wesleyan theater outreach students. Post performance discussion with Erika Tindill of the CT Department of Corrections, chair of the Board of Pardons and Parole. Come out to see how theater can be used as a tool for social change and community outreach, and gain insight into the lives of the men at Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center.

Date: Thursday, December 1
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Place: CFA Hall
Cost: Free

As You Like It

Keelin Q. Ryan ’14, Goddess of Idaho, queen of the flow chart, writes in with an announcement of great theatrical pertinence:

Come see ‘As You Like It’, directed by Claire Whitehouse ’14! Presented by Second Stage and the Adelphic Education Fund. There are no tickets for this show, so come early to secure your seats; seating is ~limited~.

Starring Jahanara Alamgir ’15, Lina Breslav ’13, Katherine Cohen ’14, Kiko Hernandez ’14, Grace Holland ’15, Leah Khambata ’14, Dana Leib ’14, Olivia May ’14, Max Owen-Dunow ’15, Dylan Penn ’15, Sophie Riffkin ’14, Emily Schwed ’15, Zach Sporn ’15, Robin Tholin ’12, Alex Van Patte ’15.

Date: November 10-12th  (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
Time: 8pm EVERY DAY.
Place: Alpha Delta Phi Greene Room!
Place: Free

Auditions for THEA183: Directed Experiences in Acting

Jenna Robbins ’13 writes in to tell all about a low-commitment opportunity to test out your acting chops, also includes spiffy picture of good ol’ Billy:

The Theater Directing I class is seeking actors for their workshop scenes!
Students will have the chance to act in scenes written by Shakespeare, Chekhov, and Tennessee Williams and directed by Directing I students. Plus, all actors will receive .5 credits JUST for acting (no papers, no tests.)

Auditions are this Friday, January 28th, from 1:10 pm to 3:00 pm in the East Room of the Theater Department (Theater Studios 114). Please sign up on the Theater department call board. Come with a memorized monologue to present – preferably from before the 1970s.

Date:   Jan. 28
Time:   1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Place:  Theater Studios 114

Richard III

Tickets are available now for the fall faculty production of Richard III. Seating is limited, so buy your ticket from the Usdan box office soon!

Wesleyan University’s Theater Department presents William Shakespeare’s Richard III, directed by Visiting Professor David B. Jaffe. Richard of Gloucester is consumed by one desire: to be crowned King of England, and his unwavering ambition will ensure that no one stands between him and the throne. A work of enormous student-driven collaboration has produced this new adaptation of Richard III. A ten-member cast plays more than 20 characters within an arena-like set of scaffolding, cables, and chain-link fencing. Two actors play Richard simultaneously, while an ensemble of eight actors fulfill all other characters in the play, all against a powerful musical score provided by Wesleyan’s advanced Taiko drumming ensemble.

Date: Nov. 18 – Nov. 20
Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Nov. 18 – 20 & 2 PM Nov 20
Place: Theater in the Center for the Arts


Lily Mandlin ’10 writes:

Students from THEA 205 “Activism and Outreach Through Theater” sections 1 and 2 will be presenting pieces from their time spent at York Correctional Institute.  The students work with women from York on Shakespearean plays, this year “The Tempest” and “The Merchant of Venice,” creating connections between the circumstances of the lives of the characters and their own.  The pieces performed by Wesleyan students have all been written by women of York.  Recently released women from York who have participated in this course in the past will be in attendance and will participate in both the performance and question and answer section of the event.  No tickets required.

This is a service learning course taught by Professor Ron Jenkins.

Date: Dec. 3
Time: 7:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Place: CFA Hall (Old Cinema)