Uncommon Sense Series Events for 2012 – 2013
Race, Rock, and Civil Rights: A Conversation with Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar
May 2, following the 7:30 performance of HAIRSPRAY
UConn Vice Provost of Diversity Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar will join us to discuss Hairspray in the context of the civil rights movement and the music industry. Professor Ogbar is the author of Hip-Hop Revolution: The Culture and Politics of Rap (University Press of Kansas), which won the W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize from the Northeast Black Studies Association.
This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Dramatic Arts and the UConn’s Human Rights Institute.
April 15 & 29, 6-6:30 pm in The Arena of the Contemporary Art Galleries, Art Building.
Gatsby Performed, excerpted from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, highlights issues of wealth and opulence and their lingering resonance in the age of the “one percent,” will conclude CAG’s interdisciplinary colloquium (4:30-6pm) and exhibit, Gatsby Revisited in the Age of the One Percent. The performance, a collaboration between Art, Music and Drama, features BFA Sophomore Acting ensemble, live saxophone music by Colin Walters, costumes by Pat Ubaldi and projections from the CAG exhibit.
UConn Opera Presents Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
UConn Opera Theater is pleased to present four performances of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte on April 4, 5, 6 at 7:30 p.m. and April 7 at 3 p.m. in the Nafe Katter Theatre. Sung in German with English dialogue and surtitle translations, the production features two separate casts as student involvement reaches new heights! In addition to the nearly 50 singers from the voice division, we welcome a few Alumni from our program to round out one of Mozart’s greatest works.
Once again, we are looking forward to working with the Drama department’s divisions of Costuming Design and Production Design. Additionally, we are excited to welcome the addition of UConn’s own Symphony Orchestra to expand our collaborating efforts.
The allegorical and fantasy elements prevalent in the libretto lend itself to telling the story from many different angles. There is seldom found the same concept and staging between any two productions. It is this versatility that makes Die Zauberflöte such a standard in the operatic repertoire. This year, we are influenced by the beauty and richness of the Hindu culture and present our production embracing Indian aestheticism. Die Zauberflöte contains some of Mozart’s most charming and memorable musical moments. The accessibility of the score, the number of roles available, and the timeless and challenging melodies of Mozart make the work a favorite of academic venues and perfect for all ages.
For tickets call 860-486-2113 Mon. – Fri between noon – 5 p.m..
HIS GIRL FRIDAY - Post Show Discussions
March 2, after the 2pm matinee performance: Join us for a conversation with the cast and artistic team.
March 7, after the 7:30pm performance: Join actor, comedian, and old-movie aficionado Steve Hayes, star of the web series Tired Old Queen at the Movies, UConn Lecturer in Film Studies Bob Smith, and His Girl Friday director Dale Rose. We’ll discuss how this new stage adaptation by John Guare blends the 1928 stage play The Front Page with the classic 1940 film starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, and consider why Hollywood’s Golden Era still speaks to us today.
THE FREEDOM THEATRE OF THE JENIN REFUGEE CAMP/THE WEST BANK
A conversation with Gary English re: his ongoing work there.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 7:30 PM • Doors open 7:00 PM for a Middle Eastern Bazaar.
STORRS FRIENDS (QUAKERS) MEETINGHOUSE
57 HUNTING LODGE ROAD
(intersection with North Eagleville Road, off Route 195)
Free and open to the public.
Gary English, UConn Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor and Head of UConn’s
School of Dramatic Arts for fifteen years, has been awarded a year-long grant from
the university to study ways in which the Dramatic Arts might be a positive influence
for people who are living under a military occupation. While there, he is directing
the Freedom Theatre’s Acting School and writing a book about his experiences.
Q. and A. period for discussion of the overall situation in the West Bank.
SPONSORED BY THE ISRAEL/PALESTINE PEACE GROUP OF N.E. CT
INTIMATE APPAREL AUDIENCE POST-SHOW DISCUSSIONS
Join us for discussions with the artists and distinguished panelists immediately following these performances of Intimate Apparel:
Saturday, Oct. 27, after the 8 p.m. show: Join members of the cast and production dramaturg Anna Woodruff for a discussion following this performance.
Saturday, Nov. 3, after the 2 p.m. show: Panelists will include Shawn Salvant, Assistant Professor of English and African American Studiesat the University of Connecticut. He received his B.A. in English from Duke University and his Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley in 2003. Professor Salvant teaches courses in nineteenth-century African American literature, African American autobiography, and representations of American slavery. His research interests include relationships between racial science and literature. He is currently working on a study of racial blood rhetoric in American literature. The panel will also include Judy Tate, Artistic Director of The American Slavery Project and a proud member of Ensemble Studio Theatre for nearly 20 years. Her plays, productions and/or workshops include Fast Blood (EST, Passage Theatre, Hartford Stage, The Lark, Epic Theatre Ensemble); Slashes of Light (EST Going to the River, CAP21 and The Black and Latino Playwrights festival); Sex in the Kitchen (EST Octoberfest 2010, CAP21 2011-12) , The Point and Mistaken for Genius (both at The Women’s Project) and The Argot. Theatre awards include: Manhattan Theatre Club playwriting fellowship; the New Professional Theatre Playwriting Award; and the 2011 Women in Arts and Media Collaboration Award (honored finalist). Her television writing includes Another World, Days of Our Lives and As the World Turns. She’s won four Emmys and a Writers’ Guild of America award. A professional actor for many years, Judy has worked in theatres throughout the United States and in Southern Africa. As a teaching artist she’s worked with playwriting students in alternative schools, prisons, shelters and from reservations, both independently and with MTC, TDF and Lincoln Center Institute. It’s her 14 years of work with high school inmates on Rikers Island that inspired her TV pilot, Lockdown High. She is an alumna of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts conservatory program where she studied with Stella Adler and was an honors graduate receiving the Founder’s Day Award, Seidman Award and Beinecke Award for excellence in acting and academia. Judy is a co-founder of The American Slavery Project which celebrates and promotes the voices of African American playwrights focused on the era of the Civil War and slavery and seeks to counteract the revisionism about the era in our social and political discourse. These panelists will be joined by the director of the production, Michael Bradford, Professor and Director of Theatre Studies, and moderated by Theatre Studies Professor and CRT Dramaturg Lindsay Cummings.
Civility Metanoia: Acting Civilly Panel Discussion
Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 12pm – 1pm • Storrs Campus in Student Union, 303 • Admission Free
Acting Civilly: O BEAUTIFUL, Civil Discourse, and the Arts
Join members of the cast and creative team of CRT’s upcoming play O BEAUTIFUL by Theresa Rebeck, to discuss the role of arts of civil discourse. O BEAUTIFUL takes a provocative look at the in(civility) of our contemporary political discourse—and the historical roots of our current disagreements. In an age in which television and social media act as our primary outlets for social debate and conversation, O BEAUTIFUL not only asks us to evaluate how we talk to and about one another, but also challenges us to consider how drama and the arts might participate in a different kind of social dialogue.
O Beautiful Post Show Discussions
Saturday, Oct. 6, immediately following the 2 p.m. performance, join us for a discussion immediately following the performance. The discussion panel will include Vice Provost Sally Reis, Director Joseph Hanreddy, Artistic Director Vincent Cardinal and will be moderated by CRT Dramaturg Lindsay Cummings.
Wednesday, Oct. 10, immediately following the 7:30 p.m. performance, join us for a discussion immediately following the performance. The discussion panel will include Richard Wilson, Gladstein Chair of Human Rights, Professor of Anthropology and Law and Director of the Human Right Institute, Sanford Robbins, Artistic Director of the Resident Ensemble Players at the University of Delaware, and will be moderated by CRT Dramaturg Lindsay Cummings.
Thursday, Oct. 11, immediately following the 7:30 p.m. performance, join us for a discussion immediately following the performance. The discussion panel will include John Saddlemire, Vice President for Student Affairs, Julia Simon-Kerr, Associate Professor of Law, and Nikki McGary, Instructor for Women’s Gender & Sexualities Studies and PhD Candidate in Sociology, and will be moderated by CRT Dramaturg Lindsay Cummings.
A Discussion with Actor – Director Jerry Adler
SPECIAL PUPPET ARTS PRESENTATION Solomon & Ashmedai, or How King Solomon Wasn’t Always Very Wise
Oct 25, 6 – 6:30 p.m. Puppet Arts Studio, Depot Campus, Free Admission Call 860-486-4658 for more information,
Directed byJulie Goell with Stephanie Eliot & David Handwerker
Produced by Peaks Island Puppets
AN INFORMAL TALK - “I Am Avner Eisenberg”
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 4:30 pm - DR/MU Room 128 – Avner Eisenberg enjoyed a generic childhood in Atlanta, Georgia. As a kid his passions were snakes and juggling. He wanted to be a doctor, but after a year as an honors chemistry and biology major his parents forced him into performing.
Avner’s one-man show, Avner the Eccentric, was a hit of the 1984–1985 Broadway season. He co-starred in Lincoln Center’s production of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, and returned to Broadway in 1989 in a principal role in Ghetto. In regional theatre Avner has played both Estragon and Vladimir in Waiting For Godot, played the title role in R. Crumb Comix, and costarred with his wife, Julie Goell, in the world premier of Zoo of Tranquility. Avner’s new show, Exceptions to Gravity, defies the barriers of language and culture and has toured extensively all over the US and abroad. Avner has often played on subscription at regional theaters including Arena Stage, Trinity Rep, Actor’s Theater of Louisville, The Empty Space, Indiana Rep, The Goodman Theater, Portland Stage, Merrimack Rep, Virginia Stage Company, Dallas Theater Center, Seacoast Rep, and San Jose Rep.
Presented with a generous Alumni Gift Hosted by the Puppet Arts Program, Dramatic Arts & The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry