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“Beneath the Surface,” an exhibition of sculptures by Marc Andre Robinson, is on view in the Hurley Gallery through December 16 with an opening reception at 6 pm this evening, free & open to the public.
Meet artists in the VIS program & see works in progress at OPEN STUDIOS this Wednesday, 4:30 -6 pm at 185 Nassau St. Free & open to the public — & there’s food! Photos from Open Studios 2017 by M. Teresa Simao.
The one and only Catherine Cohen '13 (@catccohen) will be on campus tomorrow for "The Literal Future of Comedy," part of a day-long, students-only conference on Women in Comedy. Also featured, alumnae Amy Solomon '14 (producer, HBO's Silicon Valley and Barry) and Halcyon Person '10 (director & producer, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee), & many more. Open only to Princeton students and guest students from other colleges through the Intercollegiate Humor Conference, hosted annually by @thetigermag. Pick up your free tickets at the Frist Campus Center box office! Photo by @beahelman.
Senior Jasmeene Burton plays Elle in "Legally Blonde, The Musical," opening tomorrow night at Princeton. Here, she sits for a wig fitting with Julia Kosanovich and Keating Helfrich of the Lewis Center Costume Shop. Burton says that transforming into Elle has been challenging, but also revealing and rewarding: "Taking on this role, I've discovered the ways in which my own experiences and those of my peers are reflected in a character we once thought to be lovable but ultimately trivial. It's interesting to see how real she can become with certain choices to ground the show as a whole. We create a new world when Elle is portrayed by a person of color. Some of our favorite scenes have a more problematic meaning, and by pushing Legally Blonde to become truer to life, our cast and creative team have done a wonderful job in teasing out questions about race, gender, sexual orientation, and more. It's especially relevant for an audience in Princeton, a place that has a lot in common with the show's prestigious (and sometimes cold) campus setting. Finally, Elle is a very bold character, so turning up the sass and power is a lot of fun and a growth opportunity for me -- even if the wig and many pink ensembles are taking some getting used to."
Some of the wisdom of playwright & director María Irene Fornés (1930-2018), illustrated by Program in Theater professor Brian Herrera (@stinkylulu).
Wishing everyone a Happy Halloween and a restful Fall Break! Take a peek at our calendar for an incredible array of opportunities beginning next week: workshops on voice and Sondheim for actors, an open rehearsal with Robert Battle of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, a screening and Q&A with filmmaker Alex Shebanow, a reading with author Tony Tulathimutte, a conference on women in comedy featuring Catherine Cohen '13, and the opening of Legally Blonde, The Musical -- and that's just for starters! (photo by Felicity Audet '21)
Putting the finishing touches on the newly renovated James Stewart Film
Theater at 185 Nassau Street, host to screenings next month of Alex
Shebanow's FAIL STATE (11/7), Debra Granik's LEAVE NO TRACE (11/14), and
Desiree Akhavan's THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST (11/28). Films begin at
7 pm and are followed by a Q&A with the director, FREE and open to the
public. Photo by Kristy Seymour.
Refugee youths hailing mainly from Syria and Myanmar joined students from the Class of 2019 on Saturday for an afternoon of pumpkin carving organized by @orlprinceton. See the results in the Lewis Arts complex plaza.
Seniors Ben Diamond and Julia Mosby, along with classmates Kirsten Hansen and Anna Zabel, each play multiple characters in WHAT YOU WILL, a fast-paced, darkly comedic adaptation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night this weekend at Princeton. Performances tonight & tomorrow are SOLD OUT but there are two showings Sunday (2:30 / 7:30) -- visit tickets.princeton.edu to secure seats! Photo by Erica Cardenas @earthtwoerica
Join us Monday afternoon at 3:30 pm at East Pyne Hall as Lecturer in Dance Dyane Harvey-Salaam and students in her course “The American Dance Experience and Africanist Dance Practices” welcome Chief Ayanda Clarke @chiefayandaclarke for a collective Ancestral Remembrance Ceremony honoring James Collins Johnson and the naming of the easternmost East Pyne archway for him. Mr. Johnson, whose story was unearthed and shared through the Princeton & Slavery Project, was a fugitive from Maryland who worked on campus for more than 60 years, first as a janitor and then for many years as a vendor of fruits, candies and other snacks that he sold from a wheelbarrow. When he died in 1902, alumni and students purchased a headstone for him in Princeton cemetery, and inscribed an epitaph that described him as “the students friend.” Last April, the University Trustees accepted a recommendation to name the archway for Johnson. The ceremony will include a traditional sacred ritual that will uplift the space, honor Mr. Johnson’s unique life and sacrifices, and pay homage to the spirit of the ancestors through African dance, music, and prayers.
"Seldom does one come across a work of art that is so intelligent and expansive that it makes us pause and question and rethink and wait more and reimagine language and history and beauty and the self." -- poet Christopher Soto on "Voyage of the Sable Venus," the National Book Award-winning collection by Robin Coste Lewis, who will read from her work at 7:30 tomorrow (10/17) in the Hearst Dance Theater at the Lewis Arts complex. Join us -- the reading is FREE & open to the public!
Frequent collaborators for the past fifteen years, playwright and Program in Theater professor R.N. Sandberg and resident composer / music director Vince Di Mura host a workshop presentation of their new musical, MAD DREAMS, performed by Princeton students this weekend. The show re-imagines "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" set in Athens, Georgia instead of ancient Greece. The year is 1961, and the first black students enroll at the University of Georgia. Like Shakespeare's beloved play, MAD DREAMS follows lovers whose backgrounds present obstacles to their unions, a meeting of two distinct worlds, and characters whose social class shapes how they are viewed. Performances October 19 at 8 p.m., October 20 at 2 p.m., and October 21 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Wallace Theater at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton University campus. The show is free and open to the public, however advance tickets are recommended.