In one of the seminal plays of Theater of the Absurd, “The Bald Soprano” (1950), Eugene Ionesco reveals the decay of a modern person and the futility of meaningful communication in contemporary society. Inspired by the cliche dialogues between the imaginary Mr. and Mrs. Smith in an English phrasebook for beginners, Mr. Ionesco rejected the coherent plot, character development, and concept of realistic drama, instead creating his own anarchic and grotesque form of comedy to convey the tragedy of language in a universe ruled by chance. In Jean-Paul Sartre’s words, “Ionesco sees our language as if from a distance. He reveals its banality and routine. The reader faces an acute realization of the absurdity of language, to the point when one does not want to speak anymore. His theater is a dream about language.” Directed by Professor of Theater Yuri Kordonsky.
Date & Time: Wednesday, April 22 through Friday, April 24, 2015 at 8pm;
Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 2pm and 8pm
Place: CFA Theater
Cost: $4 for Wesleyan students
From Miranda Haymon ’16:
Thinking about the theater major at Wesleyan but not sure what it entails or what the benefits are? The Theater Department would like to invite any prospective majors to a pizza dinner and open house with theater faculty and current majors. Come with any questions you may have about studying theater at Wesleyan!
Date: Monday, October 27th, 2014
Time: 4:30 PM
Place: Theater Studio
Coz Deicke ’15 encourages you to act for him (and other directors):
Want to do some acting?
Want to meet amazing people?
Want to be in with the Theater department?
Want to get a .5 credit without doing any papers or reading?
AUDITION FOR DIRECTED EXPERIENCES IN ACTING!
More details after the jump.
And they tried to tell you that Wesleyan didn’t have any adapted-Chinese-operas-slash-wet-t-shirt-contests. Sara Guernsey ’15 proves otherwise:
Come see a beautiful adaptation of the opera by Tang Xianzu 1598, performed in a hybrid of traditional Chinese and Western styles. There’s a pond in the stage, a tree branch hanging from the sky, clouds to sit on, and tea served at the beginning of the show.
THURSDAY and FRIDAY: 8 pm
SATURDAY: 2pm, 8 pm.
Tickets: Usdan Box Office or Online
Jahanara Alamgir ’15, Grace Herman-Holland ’15, Dominique Moore ’14, Leah Rosen ’13, Linsin Smith ’16, Sarah Corbyn Woolf ’16
Director: Jeffrey Sichel
Adaptation Playwright: Alma Sanchez-Eppler ’14
Stage Manager: Ariella Axelbank ’14
Assistant Director/Dramaturge: S. Dylan Zwickel ’14
When: Tonight, 8 pm, Friday, 8 pm, and Saturday, 2pm and 8pm
Where: CFA Theater
Awoooooo! From Sewon Kang ’14:
Celebrated playwright Rinde Eckert is currently in residency at Wesleyan as part of the Creative Campus Initiative in conjunction with the Theater Department. Eckert is developing a new play that will be performed by Wesleyan students on November 15-17, 2012. The Last Days of the Old Wild Boy is about a man raised by wolves who finds himself toward the end of his life at the top of the food chain, powerful and erudite, but longing for a return to the wilderness of the wolf he once was. How does one recover one’s original, less conditioned or acculturated self? What is gained in the effort? What is lost in translation? Our language gets us in deep trouble and elevates us at the same time. Should I be howling now?
Sign up to audition on the call board in the Theater & Dance Studio building!
A Senior Thesis Performance by Sarah Wolfe ’12 presented by the Theater Department.
Lift Your Head is a retelling of Euripides‘ The Trojan Women, a classic widely viewed as the greatest anti-war play. Using various modern adaptations and translations of the narrative, Lift Your Head tells the story of Hecuba, her daughters, and Helen at the end of the Trojan War. This performance examines the classic play’s relevance throughout history as an anti-war and feminist piece, drawing from the texts of playwrights including Ellen McLaughlin, Charles Mee, Jean Paul Sartre and Karen Hartman.
Pick up tickets at the CFA box office the day of the performance. The show runs about 45 minutes.
Date: Dec. 8, Dec. 9, Dec. 10
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: ’92 Theater
From Anika Amin ’14:
Tonight is opening night of the Theater Department’s fall production, The Great God Brown by Eugene O’Neill. Get your tickets at the box office before they run out!
Covering a period of 18 years, GGB concerns the rivalry between boyhood friends Billy Brown and Dion Anthony over success in the business world, and the love of the same woman.
Date: November 16, 17, 18, 19
Time: 8 PM
Place: CFA Theater
Jessica Jordan ’13 storms into the building, slams down her hand, and boldly declares:
Need to borrow costumes for your film, play, dance or photo shoot? Come to the costume shop’s borrowing hours! We’re open:
The Costume Shop is located in the basement of the theater department. Please note that you are only allowed to borrow costumes for classes or productions.
Sometimes I borrow shit just because I needed to feel pretty that day. This may or may not be one of those days.
Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts will premiere Recycling Pain, a play by Professor of Theater Ronald Jenkins, on Wednesday (TOMORROW), September 28, 2011 at 7pm in CFA Hall, located on the Wesleyan campus in Middletown. The play will be performed by Saundra Duncan, Lynda Gardner, and Deborah Ranger, three formerly incarcerated women who worked on the project with Mr. Jenkins when they were still imprisoned. The reading will include music by Ala Faller ’12, and will be followed by a question and answer period at the end of the performance that will include an environmental lawyer and a prison rights advocate. Admission to the reading is free and open to the public.
Recycling Pain is based on Mr. Jenkins’s work over the past four years, including interviews with incarcerated men and women in Italy, Indonesia and the United States who were inspired by the poetry of Dante’s Divine Comedy to reflect on the consequences of wasting energy. Their observations are reminders that the importance of conserving and recycling the human resources in our jails is no less important than the challenge of conserving and recycling the natural resources of the planet. Recycling Pain was also compiled from the Department of Justice Report on the Federal Prison Industry’s electronic recycling program.
- WHEN?: Wednesday (TOMORROW), Sept. 28th @ 7 pm
- WHERE?: CFA Hall
- COST?: Free!
More after the jump!
Jenna Robbins ’13 writes:
Love Sondheim? Interested in playing in a pit orchestra? Into the Woods will be holding auditions for all instruments this Saturday, February 5th, from 1:00-4:00 pm in the Memorial Chapel Meeting/ Rehearsal Room (in the basement). Please come prepared to play a selection from a musical score. You can sign up for an audition slot on the sheet posted on the Music Department call board, but walk-ins are also welcome. You must own the instrument you plan to play. Production dates are April 21st – 23rd.
Date: Feb. 5
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel Meeting/ Rehearsal Room