Events at a Glance
onStage Guest Artist Series, Theater
Theatre Re – “The Nature of Forgetting”
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018
“Incredibly beautiful… ‘The Nature of Forgetting’ is an explosive, joyous celebration of remembering.” - Exeunt Magazine
At the intersection of art and science, “The Nature of Forgetting” bursts with creativity, joy and heartache. Theatre Re has created a moving articulation of the countless dimensions of memory and amnesia, linking science with real-life experiences. Through movement of great physicality and compelling live music, “The Nature of Forgetting” is the story of Tom — a middle-aged father struggling in the early stages of dementia. The piece, and Tom’s memories, are a life-affirming journey into a weakened mind, where broken does not have to mean defeated; a journey of shining humanity and celebration of a life well lived. A panel discussion will immediately follow the performance.
Presented in collaboration with the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Tickets: $24; Seniors: $21; Students: $12 (General Admission)
Life is a Dream / La vida es sueño by Pedro Calderón de la Barca
Friday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 10, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 11, 2 p.m.
Edited and Translated by Stanley Appelbaum
Directed by Ginny Anderson
In collaboration with Luis Gonzalez
To protect the country from the horrors prophesied, the young Prince Segismundo is condemned for all eternity to be shut away from his country and his birthright. Banished to a secret world high in the mountains and cut off from the sun, he can only dream of a life reversed: of palaces, empires, freedom - revenge... A classic from the Spanish Golden Age, Calderón's richly poetic, epic masterpiece explores illusion, reality, fate and destiny against the backdrop of a mythical Polish kingdom.
Tickets: $15; Seniors: $6; Students: $6; Military: $6 (General Admission)
onStage Guest Artist Series, Theater
Pickup Performance Co(s). - "Radicals in Miniature"
Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019
Obie Award-winning playwright and performer Ain Gordon and percussionist Josh Quillen team up to recount and acknowledge the lives of people who lived on the fringe of society. Through personal recollection, they honor those individuals who made their mark on contemporary culture in the 1980s and 90s but who have disappeared from the historical record today. From the tax man to the cabaret legend John Sex, the stories are told with tenderness and honor. The performance stimulates us to reflect on and remember those individuals on the fringes of our own lives who impacted us greatly. A talk-back will follow each performance.
Tickets: $20; Seniors: $18; Students: $10 (General Admission)
Friday, March 1, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 2, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 3, 2 p.m.
A new musical written and directed by Kenneth Prestininzi
"Dee Troite" is a retro '80s musical fairy tale of an ambitious girl from Detroit who must break free of her voracious ego without forsaking her dreams or losing her mind. Told she will never amount to anything, Dee decides to conquer the world - but at what cost? Through song and ever-increasing fantasy, Miss Troite sets out to charm and con her way through life. Her heart, however, resists, as true loss and sorrow shatter her girlhood fantasy of self- gratifying superstardom.
Tickets: $18; Seniors: $8; Students: $8; Military: $8 (General Admission)
Theater Capstone Festival
Locations and times to be announced.
Thursday, April 25 through Monday, April 29
The Department of Theater ends the year with its 7th Annual Theater Capstone Festival, a collective opportunity for seniors to finish their college careers with a major creative project. We invite them to take risks, to deepen their work, to find their theatrical voices as actors, designers, directors, scholars, writers or beyond.