Tag Archives: wesleyan theater

“Hedwig & the Angry Inch” is Weird, Queer, and Very Wesleyan

Photo credit: Chloe Briskin

Last weekend, a production of the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch performed three shows in Alpha Delta Phi’s Grotto. If you’ve never heard of Hedwig, let’s just say that it is a sight to behold, and this version was no exception.

I live in Alpha Delt, so skipping this show was out of the question for me; I do my laundry down the hall from the Grotto, and I kept walking in on Hedwig rehearsals during the first two weeks of school. I also knew several of the people who worked on it, including the director (Maia Nelles-Sager ’17), the stage manager (Chloe Briskin ’18), and the bassist (our managing editor Maya). But I really didn’t know what to expect. I knew a Wesleyan alum, Stephen Trask ’89, had written the music and lyrics. I knew that the main character was genderqueer – traditionally performed by a cis man in women’s clothing, although in this version the actor was also genderqueer – and that the only other character onstage was a gay man played by a woman. And I knew there was a rock band. But that’s about it.

“Vatzlav” by Slawomir Mrozek

 Vatzlav is a castaway slave in search of a new life and identity. After a tempest leaves him shipwrecked, he washes up on a remote island where he encounters a zany cast of characters including a blind Oedipus, a wealthy bloodsucking couple, and their son who pretends to be a bear while instigating a revolution. This panoramic political farce is a mash-up of 18th-century French philosophical tales like Voltaire’s “Candide” and the Marquis de Sade’s “Justine.” In 77 brisk episodic scenes, a bizarre and biting tale unfolds about the absurd mechanisms of power. Wesleyan alumna Lily Whitsitt ’06 directs. Dissident Polish playwright Slawomir Mrozek wrote “Vatzlav” shortly after he sought political asylum in France in 1968, but due to censorship because of his defection, it did not appear in Poland until almost ten years later. Mr. Mrozek died in 2013 at the age of 83.

When: Thursday, April 10 & Friday, April 11, 2014 at 8pm; Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 2pm and 8pm.
Place: CFA Theater
Cost: $8 general public; $5 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $4 Wesleyan students

Audition for the Vagina Monologues

Hana “Boot No More” Elion ’15 writes in with a pudendal, but not shameful, proposition:

Come audition for Wes’ 2013 Production of The Vagina Monologues! Take a break from studying for finals to come give your vag some love! No preparation necessary; come ready to read and moan :)

Monday December 3rd 7:45-9:45PM
Friday December 7th 3-6PM
*You only need to come to one of these auditions, and just stop by whenever you have time!

The play will go up in February. The directors are Hana Elion ’15, Tess Jonas ’15, and Dominique Moore ’15. Email helion@wes with any questions! See you there!

Dates: December 3rd or December 7
Times: 4:45 – 9:45 pm or 3 pm – 6 pm (respectively)
Place: Fayerweather

Audition for Footloose

From Maggie Feldman-Piltch ’14:

Do you like bacon? Do you like Kevin Bacon? Do you want to be closer than 6 degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, audition for Footloose! The show will go up in the ’92 Nov. 15-17.

Please prepare about 15 bars of a song which shows your range. You will also be asked to read from a short script.

Auditions for pit will run at the same time. For more info, or to be involved in production, contact Cassie Garvin ’14 at cgarvin[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Date: Sept 5 and 6
Time: 7-9 pm
Place: Beckham Hall (the 5th) and RH003 (the 6th)

The Pillowman @ Second Stage

“Mommy, do all boys my age hear sounds of abomination nightly?”

  • Directed by Nate Perry ’12
  • Stage managed by Hannah Weiss ’12
  • Starring Matt Alexander ’12, Zach Libresco ’13, Julian Silver ’12, Richie Starzec ’14, Tess Jonas ’15, Christian Schneider ’13, & Maddy Oswald ’14.
  • Designed by Evan DelGaudio ’12, Sarah La Rue ’12, Ariella Axelbank ’14, Lily Haje ’13.

Tickets are available on the day of the performance at the Usdan University Center Box Office (open 10am – 4:30pm). Starting one hour before curtain, tickets will be available at the door. In the event of a sold-out performance, a waiting list will be started one hour before curtain. Please arrive on time; waiting list patrons will be seated at 8pm, and there is absolutely no late seating.

The Pillowman contains moments of violence and harsh language, and may not be appropriate for all audiences.

Date: February 2, 3, and 4
Time: 8:00 PM all three days, and 2:00 PM on February 4.
Place: ’92 Theater
Cost: Free
Link: Facebook

Heaven*, a new play presented by Second Stage

Ask Steves ’13 what it takes to find solace in the afterlife:

Come see Heaven*, a new student-written play, this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday! All performances start at 8pm.

Heaven* is a comedy about an old woman’s journey through an afterlife that exists primarily as a reality TV show for the entertainment of snarky celestial beings. As our hero wanders through an afterlife run like a cut-throat corporation, she revisits moments from her life in order to find the inner-peace necessary to ascend to heaven.

Wesleying Unofficial Auditions Series: Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me


Laignee Barron says:
Even though the sky is gray
Try out for our play.


Like acting? Think you might want to try it out? Is one of your hidden talents a sexy British or Irish accent? Then come audition for “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me”, written by Frank McGuinness, presented by Second Stage and directed by Lily Haje ’13.

Auditions will be held September 8th and 9th from 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. in the Fayerweather Theater Room (downstairs from Beckham Hall).
A sign-up sheet is posted on the Theater Department call board with eight half hour slots (four per day) available. If you are not available during any of the scheduled audition slots, or not able to sign up for one at the Theater Department, please email Laignee Barron ’13 (vbarron@wez) to schedule an alternative time.

No monologue is required. The audition will consist of cold readings, both monologue and partner work. However, you are welcome to present a short, 1-minute monologue of your choosing.

For those of you not familiar with the play or playwright, some information can be found here and here.
Dates: Thursday and Friday (the 8th and 9th)
Figs: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Plums: Fayerweather Theater Room (downstairs from Beckham Hall)
Asiatic Pears: Facebook


Playwrights Convene

Visiting Assistant Professor Catherine Filloux and the Theater 299 class invite you to Playwright Convene, a night of theater that starts at the beginning.  See a reading of twelve new ten-page plays and ask questions of student playwrights: How do you get your ideas?  Where do your characters come from?  How do you develop them?  How does a blank page turn into opening night?

Date: April 11
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Place: CFA Hall

Second Stage Presents Black Comedy

Perhaps you consider yourself a bit of a Peter Shaffer aficionado. Did you get down with Equus, and not just because of those crazy Daniel Radcliffe scenes on Broadway? Are you trying to scope some meticulously produced student-run theater?

Samby Melvold ‘12.5 says:

Come see Black Comedy, presented by Second Stage!

  • Performances on March 31, April 1, April 2
  • 8pm WestCo Cafe
  • DOORS OPEN AT 7:30!
More information can be found on facebook.  Thanks to Stephen Nangeroni ’12 for the dope trailer above.

Composers Wanted!

This could be you?!

Benjamin Abravanel ’13 wants your help:

The Wesleyan Musical Theatre Collective, which is currently in the process of writing an original musical loosely based on Oscar’s Wilde’s “The Canterville Ghost” is looking for one or two additional composers who might be interested in composing a few pieces of original music.

Anyone who’s interested should email wesmtc(at)gmail.com