Those on or near campus, especially those of you needing a break to relax and restore yourselves during finals week, should check out the New Play Festival on Tuesday, April 11, from 11-2 in Rausch Auditorium. The works are written by and feature the performative talents of students in Professor Laurie Frankel’s Playwriting course (English 306).
May 6, 2010
January 21, 2010
Professor Geoff Proehl, Theater, forwards the following information on three upcoming events of great interest to the campus community, especially as we approach Black History Mont:
1. A Dialogue about August Wilson’s Plays Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and The Piano Lesson
Exploring History, Culture, Politics and Race: The 1920’s and 1930’s Through the Eyes of August Wilson
Sunday, January 24, 2010 from 2pm to 4pm
Tickets: FREE Community Event
This dialogue will be facilitated by Dr. Dexter Gordon, Professor of African American Studies at the University of Puget Sound and C. Rosalind Bell, Playwright and Director of August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle IV: The Piano Lesson and other plays in the August Wilson Series. Both presenters are also co-founders of Tacoma’s The Conversation, an ongoing dialogue and race and social justice group. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be provided for dialogue participants.
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2. August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle IV: The Piano Lesson
Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.
Washington State History Museum
August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning fourth installment, The Piano Lesson is an appropriate reminder of the importance of heritage during Black History Month. Set in the 1930s Great Depression, the story follows a family divided by the fate of their heirloom piano. Boy Willie, a sharecropper from the South, wants to sell the piano so he can purchase more land. His sister, Bernice, insists on keeping it as their great-grandfather carved onto it the faces of his wife and son-who were sold into slavery in exchange for the piano.
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3. from Hans Ostrom: “A Musical Evening With Langston Hughes,” featuring soloist Awilda Verdejo, who will be accompanied by a pianist and cellist—Feb. 19, 7:30, in Schneebeck. It is part of the Jacobsen Series but is also in honor of Black History Month.
The Adelphians will also perform, and Rosalind Bell and I will read a few of Hughes’s poems. All the compositions are based on his poetry or were co-written by him. Sponsors are Af. Am. Studies, School of Music, the BSU, Race and Pedagogy, Chief Diversity Officer, and the Dolliver Professorship.
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October 31, 2009
Puget Sound’s production of Thorton Wilder’s play, The Skin of Our Teeth, has opened, with the second performance occurring tonight in the Norton Clapp Theater on campus. More performances (including ones in the afternoon) are scheduled over the next couple of weeks.
October 7, 2009
News from the Theater Department:
“Town Crier Speaks” One-Act Festival
Thursday October 8, 2009
A student written/directed/produced One-Act play festival! Tons of fun and an excellent showcase of Puget Sound student talent! Tickets on sale at Information Center.
October 3, 2009
Thornton Wilder‘s The Skin of Our Teeth, directed by Professor Geoff Proehl, will 0pen on October 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Norton Clapp Theatre (in Jones Hall) on campus. Other 7:30 performances are scheduled for Oct. 31, and Nov. 4 and 6. There is a 4:00 p.m. performance on November 5, and on November 7, there will be two performances: one at 2:00 p.m., and one at 7:30 p.m. To Professor Proehl, the cast, & company we offer a hearty “Have a good show!”
Tickets may be purchased at the Information Center in Wheelock Student Center and/or at the door. You may also call 253-879-3419 for more information.