Uncommon Sense Series

2016-17 EVENTS

First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare
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Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night. These famous plays and 15 others by Shakespeare would probably have been lost to us without the First Folio. Published in 1623, the First Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, and only 233 copies are known today. This year, to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Folger Shakespeare Library is sending a First Folio to every state in the United States, and we have been selected for Connecticut. Join us in September 2016 in celebrating the greatest playwright of the English language with this exhibit from the world’s largest Shakespeare collection.

The Sound of the Folio: Shakespeare’s Original Pronunciation 
Thursday September 15, 2016
Drama Music Building Room 128

Dr. David Alan Stern, along with UCONN colleagues and students, will discuss and demonstrate the Early Modern English sound likely heard on the Elizabethan/Jacobean stage. Stern combines his expertise and experience as a Hollywood accent coach with the research of David Crystal, renowned UK linguist, to bring the original sound of the Folio to life.

First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeareon tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, is a national travelling exhibition organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, to commemorate the 400th anniversary in 2016 of Shakespeare’s death. It is produced in association with the American Library Association and Cincinnati Museum Center. First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor, and by the generous support of Google.org and Vinton and Sigrid Cerf.

2015-16 EVENTS

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT web_banners4
Book and Lyrics by Eric Idle,
Music by John DuPrez and Eric Idle

Talkback with the Cast
Thursday, April 28, following the 7:30 performance

Monty Python and the Musical: Creative Team Discussion
Saturday, April 20, following the 2pm matinee
Join designers and cast members to discuss how Spamalot merges the world of Monty Python with that of musical theatre. We will discuss inspirations behind the scenic design, how the visual world of Monty Python was brought to the stage, and the many ways Spamalot pays tribute to the traditions of musical theatre.
Sense and Sensibility adapted by Joseph Hanreddy and JR Sullivan 
from the novel by Jane Austenweb_bannersx
Cast and Creative Team Talkback
Thursday, March 3, after the 7:30 performance
Join the cast and crew for a post-show conversation on the creative process.
Austen Then and Now
Saturday March 5, after the 2:00pm performance
Join UConn English Professor Jean Marsden and members of the cast to discuss Austen’s enduring literary legacy, and what it is like to bring her worlds and her characters to life today.

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

TBD – Following the 7:30pm performance
join the cast and crew for a post-show conversation on the creative process.




Thursday November 5 – Following the 7:30pm performance
join the cast and crew for a post-show conversation on the creative process.
Saturday November 7 – Following the 2:00pm performance join CRT artists and guest speakers as we explore pressing questions about migration and citizenship, from the plight of refugees around the world to the concerns of undocumented students here at home.
Eleni Coundouriotis, Professor of English and Director of the Research Program on Humanitarianism at the Human Rights Institute
Students Without Borders, UConn’s student group that works to advocate for the undocumented population at Uconn
Vincent Tycer, Director, Profesor of Drama, works with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights on “Speak Truth to Power”
Connecticut Students for a Dream, a statewide network for undocumented youth and allies fighting for educational equality


The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later
By Moisés Kaufman, Leigh Fondakowski, Greg Pierotti, Andy Paris and Stephen Belber
Laramie 10 years
One Night Only
Tuesday October 13, 2015 – 7:30pm
Nafe Katter Theatre
Tickets: Students: $7, Subscribers: $5, General Admission: $10
Please join the cast of The Laramie Project for a special reading and discussion of The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later.
In 1998, following the brutal murder of of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, members of the Tectonic Theatre Project traveled to Laramie, WY and conducted interviews with the people in the town.  What emerged was a powerful play, chronicling the life of the town in the year after the murder.  Ten years later, five members of Tectonic returned to Laramie to try to understand the long-term effect of the murder.   What they found was a town struggling with its identity and place in history.  They also spoke with the two murderers, Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, and Matthew’s mother, Judy Shepard.  This companion piece to The Laramie Project asks “How does society write its own history?”

Thursday October 15 – Following the 7:30pm performance
join the cast and crew for a post-show conversation on the creative process and documentary theatre.
Saturday October 17, Following the 2pm matinee, join WFSB anchor Mark Zinni and renee dininio zinniRenee Dinino, Community Affairs director at iHeart Media for a post-performance conversation on the role of the media in reporting and influencing the perception of high profile tragedies in the United States.


ACTRESS (2014)
Directed, Edited & Photographed by Robert Greene
Produced by Douglas Tirola & Susan Bedusa
Starring Brandy Burre
Thursday September 24, 2015 – 8pm
von der Mehden Recital Hall
Tickets: $5 Students and $10 General Admission / Free for CRT subscribers.
Cash only – at the door.


Actress Brandy Burre is currently a guest artist
performing in CRT’s The Laramie Project (October 8-18, 2015), Join CRT for a special screening of this documentary film, followed by a Q & A with the actress, Brandy Burre.
Brandy Burre had a recurring role on HBO’s The Wire when she gave up her career to start a family.  When she decides to reclaim her life as an actor, the domestic world she’s carefully created crumbles around her.  Using elements of melodrama and cinema verité, ACTRESS is both a present tense portrait of a dying relationship and exploration of a complicated woman, performing the role of herself, in a complex-yet-familiar story.  It’s a film about starring in the movie of your life.

ACTRESS (trailer) from Cinema Guild on Vimeo.