2013 – 2014 EVENTS
Based on the life of Judy Finelli, Reverse Cascade tells the story of a remarkable circus performer who loses control of her body and the ability to perform. Eventually she receives a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis that is incurable and progressive. Her work and identity begin to slip away with her body, but the circus calls back to her…
This story is told through object puppetry with circus and juggling objects playing the characters, and musicians playing original music.
Performed by puppeteers and musicians from the University of Connecticut’s Puppet Arts Program and Music Program.
The show is completely non-verbal, 50 minutes long and geared towards adult audiences, or ages 12+.
March 1 – 1pm & 3:30pm
March 2 – 8pm
March 4 – 8pm
March 7 – 8pm
March 8 – 2pm & 8pm
March 9 – 2pm & 8pm
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
By William Shakespeare
Much Ado about Love and Laughter
March 1, after the 2pm matinee
Much Ado about Nothing is famous for the “merry war” of wits between its reluctant lovers, Beatrice and Benedick. Join English department scholars Elizabeth Hart and Mary Gallucci and members of the cast to discuss Shakespeare’s classic battle of the sexes comedy, and to consider why love’s war provokes so much laughter.
Cast and Creative Team Talkback
March 6, after the 7:30 performance
Join us for a discussion with the cast and other members of the creative team.
“Much Ado About Dinner”
Join professional chef and professional actor David McCann (Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s Much Ado About Nothing) for a Bard-inspired menu. David will guide guests through 5 courses, while sharing humorous and insightful stories about his work bringing to life many of Shakespeare’s greatest characters, and the fascinating intersection of food, art and performance.
Nathan Hale Inn & Conference Center
Sunday February 16, 2014 – 4pm
$35 per person, includes one paired wine & non-alcoholic beverages
Reservations required. Limited Space Available.
Reserve your seat by February 10.
THE THREE MUSKETEERS
Sat., Nov. 23, after the 2pm Matinee
Join us for a conversation with the cast and creative team about the themes of the play and their relevance today.
Thurs., Dec 5, after the 7:30pm performance
Join us for a conversation with Associate Professor of History Judith Meyer and cast member Rocco Sisto (Cardinal Richelieu) to discuss the socio-political aspects of the history of the play and how Dumas’ novel has influenced popular impressions of this period of history.
TAFFETA PUNK: SHAKESPEARE IN AND OUT OF LOVE
Love is poetic, painful, romantic, reckless, and generally all sorts of trouble. It’s difficult enough to put into words today, but Shakespeare described it best in two: taffeta punk. Join us for a series of scenes from Shakespeare that question what that “love” thing is anyway. After all, love is taffeta: well-dressed, elegant, and beautiful. And love is punk: sexy, vulgar, and rule-breaking. And Shakespeare is all of the above.
Wednesday, Dec. 4th – 7:30 pm
Thursday, Dec. 5th – 7:30 pm (post-show talkback with creative team)
Friday, Dec. 6th – 8 pm
Free Admission. Seating is limited. You can reserve tickets by email through email@example.com (include “Taffeta Punk” in the subject line).
Written by Gilles Sẻgal
Directed by Harrison H. Haney
The year is 1950. The war has been over for five years…or “so they say.” Yet, in a secluded basement apartment in Berlin, Germany, tucked away in hiding from the Nazi Party is a Jewish Holocaust survivor, Samuel Finkelbaum. What happens when denial becomes obsession, obsession becomes delusion and delusion evolves into reality?
Witness the exploration of one man’s journey from madness to acceptance.
Cost of attendance for THE PUPPETMASTER OF ŁÓDŹ is FREE
Thursday November 14th 8 PM
Friday November 15th 8pm
Saturday 16th 8 PM
Sunday November 17th 2 PM
SEATING AT THE DOOR
THE PUPPETMASTER OF ŁÓDŹ will be performed in the Mobius Studio Theatre in the Drama Music Building
802 Bolton Rd, Storrs, CT 06269
DEAD HEAVY FANTASTIC
Thurs., Oct. 31st, after the 7:30pm performance
Join us for a conversation with the cast! Facilitated by CRT Dramaturg Lindsay Cummings.
Sat., Nov. 2, after the 2pm performance
Join us for a dialogue on design, focusing on the unique and sometimes challenging aspects of Dead Heavy Fantastic’s style, including the use of projections and the need to represent no less than seventeen locations in one set! Facilitated by student dramaturg Emily Borne.
Please join us after the show for a discussion with members of the cast, crew, and creative team. Facilitated by dramaturg Anna Woodruff.
Oct. 10, after the 7:30 pm performance of Big Love:
Big Ideas in Big Love
Join us for a discussion with Eleni Coundouriotis, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Research Program on Humanitarianism at the Human Rights Institute. Professor Coundouriotis will be joined by Big Love director Helene Kvale, Theatre Studies Professor Thomas Meacham, and performers Briana Maia and Olivia Saccomanno. We will discuss some of the many “big ideas”—from gender conflict to the plight of refugees to the foundations of democracy—found in Big Love. Facilitated by Lindsay Cummings, Assistant Professor Dramatic Arts.
The Jenin Freedom Theatre’s adaptation of The Island by Athol Fugard
September 6 at 7 pm, September 7 at 2 pm and 7 pm. • Nafe Katter Theatre
Directed and Designed by Gary M. English; Artistic Consultant, Nabil Al-Raee. This South African apartheid-era drama, inspired by a true story, is set in a prison and revolves around two cellmates: one who is soon to be released while the other is serving a life sentence. They spend their days at mind-numbing physical labour and at night rehearse for a performance of Sophocles’ Antigone. Antigone, who defies the laws of the state to follow her conscience, and her uncle who sentences her to die for her crime. Is Antigone guilty? Who decides?