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Review: YUM YUM, a 3D Mental Experience

yumyum2There I was, all by my lanky lonesome at 11PM Tuesday night in Zelnick, unprepared for the psychological experience about to commence.

I was there to preview YUM YUM: A 3D FUNHOUSE, written and directed by Russell Goldman ’17, whom you should know as an institution of this college because he also wrote and directed last Spring’s Auntie Stein’s Smiletime Pizzaburger Palace, a wondrous creation ripe with meat-people, Guy Fieri, and cutesy morbidity. Naturally, I was excited as fuck.

Submit to Wes Out-Loud: Stories of Place

From Ali Jamali ’17:

Wes Out-Loud: Stories of Place is a site-specific auditory performance piece that is conceived and created for the Wesleyan campus through collaboration between students and Professor Marcela Oteíza. Wes Out-Loud invites you to experience Wesleyan as a scenographic space by inserting new narratives into everyday sites.

Through the juxtaposition of place and stories, we hope to bring forward the richness and diversity of the students of our campus, to promote inclusiveness, and to give space to voices that are usually not heard.

This production is an invitation to re-think and re-engage with our campus: considering the institution and its physical context; location and architecture; its history; institutional and individual narratives; and how they affect our daily lives and our social interactions.

We will be creating a journey through specific places of our campus, into which we will intervene new narratives (students stories). Through which, we will be able to bring to light the richness of the students of this campus and, thereby, promote inclusiveness and provide space to voices that are not usually heard.

Application Deadline: Thursday, January 14th at 11:59 PM

More info on the project and how to apply after the jump!

Wesleyan Theater Department Presents: MARISOL

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From Daniel Maseda ’16:

Wesleyan University’s Theater Department presents “Marisol,” by playwright José Rivera, from Thursday, November 19 through Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 8pm in the Center for the Arts Theater, located at 271 Washington Terrace on the Wesleyan campus in Middletown.

“Marisol” takes place in a post-apocalyptic world filled with intrigue and dark humor as Marisol winds her way through the darkened and abandon streets of New York. She is caught in the middle of a conflict between God and his angels as they battle over the fate of the world and humanity. Playwright José Rivera is known for his magical realism, and was the first Puerto Rican to be nominated for an Oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for “Best Adapted Screenplay,” for the 2004 film “The Motorcycle Diaries.” “Marisol” deals with issues of faith and poverty, and earned Mr. Rivera a 1993 Obie Award for Playwriting. The Wesleyan production will be directed by Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater Edward Torres, with design by Jiji Chang and costume design by Cybele Moon.

Second Stage presents: The Nutcracker

Mio Magee ’18 writes in with an exciting invitation to a Second Stage dance production:

Christmas is coming early to Wesleyan! What better way to get into the holiday spirit than by seeing the most festive dance production ever? Join Clara as she visits the Land of Sweets and is greeted by Chocolate, Coffee, Tea, Candy Cane, Marzipan and Ginger, along with Queen Dewdrop and her Waltzing flowers.
See our Facebook event for more details!

Performance dates and times:
Thursday, November 19th at 8:00pm
Friday, November 20th at 8:00pm
Saturday, November 21st at 3:00pm
Place: All performances are in the Patricelli ’92 Theater
Cost: Free! Get tickets from the Box Office the day of each performance.

Read on after the jump for more information about the Nutcracker production team:

What Are All Those Fabric Strips Around Campus? An Interview with Jess Cummings ’17

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Some of the mysterious fabric strips tied to a Wesleyan emergency call box in the CFA

If you’re anything like me, you may have noticed a new addition to Wesleyan’s campus this fall. Is it a message from the squirrels? The aliens announcing their impending arrival on Foss? An underground side-mission in the Tour de Franzia? I sat down with the artist Jess Cummings ’17 to get to the bottom of the curious incident of the fabric in the night-time(/daytime/anytime)

Read more about Jess’ project after the jump!

Living the Dream Making it as a Performer Overseas: An Interactive Talk by Clara McBride

Elijah Jimenez ’18 writes in:

After working as a theatre performer and director in Europe for 17 years, Clara McBride is back in Canada, her native land, ready to help young performers interested in trying their chances abroad. This interactive talk will focus on the challenges of integrating the arts scene in Europe, and on using performance to shine through any challenge.

Date: Thursday, November 12th
Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Place: Highwaymen Common Room, Romance Languages & Literatures building (300 High Street)

Second Stage presents: THE KILLING JOKE

thekillingjokeClaire Shaffer ’18 writes:

In no Batman story is the thinness of the line between him and the Joker more visible than in the Killing Joke. It is in this disturbing, brilliant tale that Batman and the Joker finally meet, not as mere adversaries, but as agents of Order and Chaos.

October 8-10
8:00 PM
92 Theater
(Free) tickets are available at the box office.

CAST
Sam Blum
Leland Meade-Miller
Mads O’Brien
Marcos Plaud Rivera
Elli Scharlin
Curran Sullivan
Alex Tenenbaum
Jordan Tragash
Alina Whatley
Benjamin Yap

Written by Alan Moore
Adapted/Directed by Hazem Fahmy
Stage Managed by Claire Shaffer
Presented by Second Stage

Date: Thursday, October 8 – Saturday, October 10
Time:  8-9:30PM
Place: ’92 Theater

Theater Department Presents: The Bald Soprano

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

Los Fantoches

Elijah Jimenez ’18 writes in with an exciting invitation to a play called Los Fantoches. The event poster speaks for itself:

Date: Friday, April 17th
Time: 4:30pm
Place: Common room, 300 High Street (Romance Languages & Literatures Department)

WestCo Café Online Event Booking

Luke Macdonald ’17 is excited to share with you a website that explains how to book events in the WestCo café:

It’s now easier than ever to plan an event in the Westco Cafe. I made a website to guide the user along the booking process. To celebrate, I have decided to contact Wesleying and encourage the Wesleyan community to celebrate with me. Click HERE and check out the Google site I made! PS be sure to check out the surprise at the bottom of the web page.

Link to the WestCo Café event booking form.