Spring Photos: Artist Lecture by Award-Winning Playwright and Screenwriter Rajiv Joseph

On Thursday, April 18, 2019 artist, Rajiv Joseph, gave a lecture at Memorial Chapel. Rajiv Joseph’s play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo was a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama, and also awarded a grant for “Outstanding New American Play” by the National Endowment for the Arts. He has twice won the Obie Award for “Best New American Play,” first in 2016 with Guards at the Taj (also a 2016 Lortel Winner for “Best Play”), and then in 2018 for Describe the Night.

Other plays include Archduke, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Animals Out of Paper, The Lake Effect, The North Pool, and Mr. Wolf. He has been awarded artistic grants from the Whiting Foundation, United States Artists, and the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. He is a board member of the Lark Play Development Center in New York City, where he develops all his plays.

He is the book-writer and co-lyricist for the musical Fly. He also wrote for the Showtime series Nurse Jackie for seasons three and four. Additionally, he was the co-screenwriter of the film Draft Day starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner. He received his B.A. in Creative Writing from Miami University, and his M.F.A. in Playwriting from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He served for three years in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Photos by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

Spring Photos: Thesis Theater Production: Action by Sam Shepard Dress Rehearsal

On Tuesday, March 5, 2019 a dress rehearsal was held for Ray Achan’s senior thesis theater production, Action by Sam Shepard.

The Obie-Award winning play Action (1974) takes the audience inside the living room of Liza, Lupe, Jeep, and Shooter in the midst of a mysterious crisis. Limited food and overwhelming boredom begin to take their toll with disturbing and absurd results. Sam Shepard’s imaginative voice and deeply rooted characters have transformed American theater and force us to confront the strange and unknown. This production is in partial fulfillment for Honors in Theater.

Photos by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

Spring Photos: Senior Playwriting Festival: Staged Readings in Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (5/7/19)

A festival of staged readings of playwriting theses by seniors Jordan Roe ’19, Rodrick Edwards ’19, and Wenxuan Xue ’19.

Photography by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography

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Spring Photos: CONTRA-TIEMPO: joyUS justUS

On Friday, February 8, 2019 the New England premiere of joyUS justUS (2018), a participatory urban Latin dance theater experience, took on joy as the ultimate expression of struggle and resistance against hardship and injustice, reclaiming the narrative of people of color by embodying stories about the beauty and power of hope, faith, and family. Los Angeles-based CONTRA-TIEMPO has created physically intense and politically astute performance work since 2005—collages of salsa, Afro-Cuban, hip hop, and contemporary dance with compelling text and original music.

Photos by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

Spring Photos: Michael + Patrick: A Doll’s House, Part 3

On Thursday, February 14, 2019 “A Doll’s House, Part 3” (2018) showed at Ring Family Performing Arts Hall. “A Doll’s House, Part 3” picks up where Nora left off, after she picked up where she left off, after slamming the door on her husband and children in Henrik Ibsen’s original play in 1879. Michael Breslin and Patrick Foley’s sequel to the sequel is a searing examination of gender, sexuality, race, class, and hierarchy for the reality TV generation.

Photos by Richard Marinelli. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.


Spring Photos: This Between Shadow

On Tuesday, January 22 and Wednesday, January 23, 2019 a 40-minute, intimate, immersive theater experience for ten audience members curated and crafted by the “Immersive Theater” Winter Session class and Visiting Instructor Tom Pearson, co-artistic director of Third Rail Projects, was shown at the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery. Because of the immersive nature of this piece, audiences stood for several minutes at a time over the course of the performance, and were also required to navigate several flights of stairs. Audiences were encouraged to wear comfortable shoes. Environments included water and chalk that could potentially have stained clothing or shoes.

Photos by Sandy Aldieri. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.




Fall Photos: Javanese Puppet Play: Wayang Kulit

On Friday, November 30, 2018 Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music and puppeteer Sumarsam and the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble directed by Artist in Residence I.M. Harjito, with guest drummer Darsono, presented a Javanese wayang kulit, the puppet play employing intricately carved leather puppets, accompanied by an ensemble of tuned gongs, metallophones, two stringed fiddle, xylophone, drums, and vocalists.

Photos by Richard Marinelli. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

Fall Photos: Wayang Golek Puppet Play

On Saturday, November 10, 2018 Yogyakarta Court Puppeteer Ki Gondo Suharno and the Court of Yogyakarta gamelan group, in collaboration with the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, performed Wayang Golek, featuring three-dimensional puppets made of wood and cloth reenacting stories based on the Islamic story of Amir Hamzah.

Photos by Sandy Aldieri. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

Fall Photos: Becca Blackwell: They, Themself and Schmerm

On Friday, October 5, 2018 New York City-based trans actor Becca Blackwell performed part classic standup comedy special, part teen zine vomit confessional, They, Themself and Schmerm (2015). The performance was a disturbingly hilarious personal tale of being adopted into a Midwestern religious family, trained to be a girl, molested, and plagued by the question, “How do I become a man and do I even want that?” The Connecticut premiere of this one-person show engaged in loving confrontation with the audience, asking what it truly means to be authentic.

Photos by Sandy Aldieri. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.