onStage at Connecticut College

Upcoming Performances

This season, onStage at Connecticut College continues its tradition of presenting world-class artists in music, theater and dance. The series is known for its unique, eclectic and innovative programming. The artists come from a variety of cultural backgrounds and perspectives and offer performances that will inspire, exhilarate and challenge our audiences. For many of the artists their performance at Connecticut College will be their only appearance in the state and New England. Please join us for events you can’t see elsewhere and celebrate the arts at Connecticut College!

onStage 2014-2015 Season

 

Purchase All Seven Performances

TICKETS: $126; Senior: $114; Student: $63 (General Admission)

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The Queue

Lucky Plush Productions

Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 — 7:30PM
Palmer Auditorium

Chicago-based dance theater company Lucky Plush Productions brings “The Queue” to Connecticut College.  While waiting in line at an airport, the characters in “The Queue” take melancholy and morbid ideas about life and death, and present them in a transported world of comedic brilliance.
 
The Chicago Tribune praises the “exquisite freedom and expression” of the dancers as well as the clever choreography, which “flows out of everyday movement and early 20th-century forms.” The Chicago Reader compares it to the physical humor of Charlie Chaplain and the rhythm and timing of Jacques Tati. Smart, energetic, and effortlessly dynamic, “The Queue” is not to be missed. 

TICKETS: $24; Senior: $21; Student: $12; Faculty/Staff: $21 (General Admission)

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Khumariyaan

Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 — 8PM
Palmer Auditorium

With its propulsive, furious sound, instrumental quartet Khumariyaan, “The Intoxicators,” has reawakened the live music scene in Peshawar, Pakistan, the ancient crossroads through the Khyber Pass whose contemporary culture is under attack from within and by outside factions. The lute-like rubab intertwines with the zerbaghali (goblet drum) and Pushtoon sitar. Add in acoustic guitars and Khumariyaan’s rolling pulse builds to frenzied intensity.  It’s an addictive and accessible pleasure that’s ushering in a new era for eclipsed music. 


The presentation of Khumariyaan is part of Center Stage, a public-private cultural exchange by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and produced by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) in cooperation with the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, with additional support from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and the Asian Cultural Council. General Management for Center Stage is provided by Lisa Booth Management, Inc.

TICKETS: $22; Senior: $20; Student: $11; Faculty/Staff: $20 (General Admission)

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New York Neo-Futurists

Friday, Oct 24, 2014 — 7:30PM
Palmer Auditorium

This production is an adventure into the subconscious of America’s greatest playwright by removing his dialogue and condensing his plays into pure action. The New York Neo Futurists, as their name suggests, work in the central performance motif of Neo-Futurism, presenting work in a non-illusory way, and allowing the commands of the stage directions to define their roles, actions, and relationships.  Complete/Condensed O’Neill Volume 2 captures a period of O’Neill’s artistry when he was groping to find his voice. As a collection, the plays used in Volume 2 represent some of his deepest fears and his fixation with death and darkness between souls. Dynamic at its core, Complete/Condensed creates an environment of pure, specific, moment-to-moment action. The show is a testament to making something beautiful out of nothing.
 
Presented in collaboration with Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Eugene O’Neill Celebration.

TICKETS: $22; Senior: $20; Student: $11; Faculty/Staff: $20 (General Admission)

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Elaine Bromka

Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 — 7:30PM
Evans Hall

Particularly pertinent in an era of heightened politics, “Tea for Three” humanizes the political scene with a story both whimsical and deeply moving – a behind-the-scenes look at Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford. Emmy Award–winning actress Elaine Bromka, with over thirty years in film, television, Broadway and Off-Broadway, starred as eight First Ladies opposite Rich Little in the PBS show The Presidents. Intrigued by their stories, she went on with playwright Eric H. Weinberger to create this one-woman show.  Bromka carries the subtle script through light vignettes and weighted ones. The New York Times describes the piece as “biography theater” with Bromka’s skilled performance weaving the narrative recollections of three great ladies together to provide a “look at the changing roles of women during dynamic times.”

TICKETS: $18; Senior: $16; Student: $9; Faculty/Staff: $16 (General Admission)

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David Dorfman Dance

Friday, Feb 6, 2015 — 7:30PM
Palmer Auditorium

David Dorfman Dance, company-in-residence at Connecticut College, will revive two older works this season. “Lightbulb Theory” and “Impending Joy” premiered to great acclaim in 2004.  “Lightbulb Theory” explores the idea of weather it is better for a lightbulb, or life, to flicker before it goes out or to go out instantly.  “Impending Joy,” originally created in reaction to “Lightbulb Theory,” has harder lines and a harsher, more direct feel – almost warrior like.  Jennifer Dunning of The New York Times said “‘Lightbulb Theory,’ set to a haunting piano score by Michael Wall, took on nothing less than life and death.” Referring to “Impending Joy” Deborah Jowitt of The Village Voice said “Dorfman's very individual choreography is full of entrancing contrasts, and, lord, what dancing!”

TICKETS: $28; Senior: $25; Student: $14; Faculty/Staff: $25 (General Admission)

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David Finckel, cello & Wu Han, piano

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 — 7:30PM
Evans Hall

Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han rank among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today. The talent, energy, imagination, and dedication they bring to their multifaceted endeavors as concert performers, recording artists, educators, artistic administrators, and cultural entrepreneurs go unmatched. The Wall Street Journal calls them “America’s power couple of chamber music.” The Washington Post describes them as “an exquisitely intimate ensemble” who perform with “spontaneity, vigor, and seamless melody.” In high demand year after year among chamber music audiences worldwide, the duo has appeared each season at the most prestigious venues and concert series across the United States and around the world to unanimous critical acclaim. 

The program will include works by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Scriabin and Rachmaninov.

TICKETS: $22; Senior: $20; Student: $11; Faculty/Staff: $20 (General Admission)

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Regina Carter

Southern Comfort

Friday, Mar 27, 2015 — 7:30PM
Palmer Auditorium

Violinist Regina Carter is considered the foremost jazz violinist of her generation.  Her curiosity, passion, and quest for beauty are more apparent than ever on her new album Southern Comfort (Sony Music Masterworks), in which she explores the folk music of the South, specifically the tunes her paternal grandfather, a coalminer, would have heard as he toiled in Alabama.  Intent on making the past, present, Regina sought out distant relatives and books about the era in which her grandfather lived.  From there, she went to the Library of Congress and the renowned collections of folklorists such as Alan Lomax and John Work III digging deep into their collected field recordings from Appalachia.  Regina’s work interprets her own roots through a modern lens.

TICKETS: $22; Senior: $20; Student: $11; Faculty/Staff: $20 (General Admission)

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