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Lauren Harries ’11 to appear in season 2 of truTV’s Fake Off

By University Theater on April 17, 2015

Illustration Lauren HarriesAt the beginning of April, Lauren Harries ’11 wrapped up seven weeks of performing with the theater company Tribe of Fools on truTV’s Fake Off, which she describes as “a theatrical turn and burn for television.” Harries writes that she had an “awesome experience competing through the finals” against some of the best young dancers, puppeteers, and illusionists working in American entertainment. The first of eight episodes of the show airs on May 6th at 10:00 p.m. EST.

After graduating from Colgate, Harries studied at the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training, where she honed performance skills that she first developed as a Colgate theater major. In 2013, she joined Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, an innovative ensemble of performers (including Nick Gillette ’05) that has produced critically acclaimed performances and developed educational programs for students of all ages.


Theater program to host brown bag discussion of Really Really on April 21

By University Theater on April 17, 2015

Tuesday, April 21
209 Ryan Studio
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Join the cast and crew of the Colgate Theater production of Really Really for a discussion of the provocative issues raised by the recent production of Paul Downs Colaizzo’s play. Lunch will be provided.


Children’s Theater to premiere Pancha-WHAT? on April 18

By University Theater on April 13, 2015

PanchaWHAT posterOn Saturday, April 18th, Colgate University Children’s Theater will premiere Pancha-WHAT? at Colgate’s Brehmer Theater. We are adapting the Indian tales known as The Panchatantra. This wonderful collection of animal stories with important moral lessons for becoming a wise leader and a compassionate adult is one of the world’s oldest and most cherished literatures.

Our interpretation of the Indian classic, Pancha-WHAT? tells the story of two frazzled parents, a gaggle of unruly children, and a mysterious storyteller whose parables open the door to fantastic adventures for the whole family. Could these fables from long ago and far away prevent household chaos? Join us to find out!

Pancha-WHAT? is suitable for all ages.

Admission is Free
For information: 315-228-7639.


University Theater Opens a Scintillating Production of Really Really

By University Theater on April 6, 2015

Really Really PosterReally Really
By Paul Downs Colaizzo
Directed by Simona Giurgea

Cast One:
April 8 & 10 at 7:00 p.m., April 11 at 2:00 p.m.

Cast Two:
April 9 & 11 at 7:00 p.m., April 12 at 2:00 p.m.

All performances in Brehmer Theater, Dana Arts Center. Admission Free! Limited seating; advance reservations suggested.

Contact: TheaterBoxOfice@colgate.edu or call 315-228-7641.

The big party is over, and the morning-after gossip is just getting started. Come see two wonderful casts of Colgate students perform this acclaimed, insightful comedy about the live wires of sex and politics that run just beneath the surface of campus social life. A play about the contemporary college experience (written in the argot of today’s students) that both celebrates and skewers campus party culture — and all the joy, drama, and betrayal that comes along with it.


English-language premiere of the play Black History (Histoire de nègre)

By University Theater on March 24, 2015

Black History (Histoire de nègre) PosterOn March 29, at 12:00 p.m., Colgate University will present a staged reading of Black History (Histoire de nègre), performed by students, in Golden Auditorium, Little Hall. Admission is free, and a reception will immediately follow the event.

Black History (Histoire de nègre) is a collaboratively authored, participatory drama first performed on the Caribbean island of Martinique in 1971. The staged reading at Colgate is the first performance of this historically important play in English, and the world premiere of a new translation by Professor Andrew Daily of the University of Memphis, who will be a guest at the reading. Black History (Histoire de nègre) suggests an affinity between the anticolonial struggle in Martinique and the civil rights movement in the U.S. through repeated references to Malcolm X and Angela Davis, who appear not only in the text of the play but as part of its mise en scène. This dimension of Black History (Histoire de nègre) connects the play to the Colgate’s campus-wide initiative to reflect on the Freedom Summer of 1964 by highlighting one of the global reverberations of the American civil rights movement.

For more information, please e-mail Professor Christian DuComb at cducomb@colgate.edu or Professor Mahadevi Ramakrishnan at mramakrishnan@colgate.edu. You can locate Little Hall using Colgate’s online interactive map.


Two hip-hop dance events this week with Duane Lee Holland

By University Theater on February 19, 2015

Hip-hop dance posterJoin the Colgate theater program for two events this week with renowned hip-hop dance artist Duane Lee Holland.

Thursday, February 19

Brehmer Theater, 4:15-5:45
Hip-hop dance demonstration and talk with Duane Lee Holland, in conversation with Kermit Campbell, Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric

Friday, February 20

Huntington Studio 303, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Hip-hop dance workshop with Duane Lee Holland

Sign-up required: e-mail Professor Tanya Calamoneri at tcalamoneri@colgate.edu to reserve a space

Duane Lee Holland began his professional dance career at the age of 17, dancing for the first hip-hop dance theater company, Rennie Harris Puremovement.  He has also worked with Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, and with Garth Fagan as part of the original Broadway cast of “The Lion King.” He also served as assistant choreographer, assistant dance captain, and featured dancer in Maurice Hines’s Broadway production of “Hot Feet.”


Japanese noh theater artist to perform at Colgate

By University Theater on February 4, 2015

Noh theater event posterJapanese noh theater lecture and demonstration with Yamai Tsunao
Tuesday, February 10, 4:15 p.m.
Brehmer Theater, Dana Arts Center

Join the University Theater program for a performance of traditional Japanese noh theater with a contemporary twist. Noh actor Yamai Tsunao of the Kamparu school, along with Shinobu Takahaski (actor) and Kentara Kiihara (pianist), will present a unique program demonstrating the artistry of traditional noh theater alongside their modern reinterpretation of the form. Co-sponsored by the Fund for the Study of World Religions, the Asian Studies Program, CORE Communities and Identities, and the Division of Arts and Humanities.

Yamai received instruction from the last Komparu Nobutaka: the 79th family head, Komparu Yasuaki: the 80th family head of the present, and Tomiyama Noriko. He first appeared on stage at the age of five, under the influence of his grandfather Umemura Heishiro.

At the ago of 12, he played as a leading actor -shite in Tsunemasa. Ever since, he has been performing in fampus plays such as MidareShakkyouMochizukiDojojiOkinaSyouzon, and Ataka.


University Theater announces auditions for Really Really

By University Theater on January 20, 2015

Really Really audition poster

Audition for Really Really, this semester’s University Theater production, on January 20, 21, or 22 in Ryan Studio 212 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Everyone invited; no sign-up or preparation preparation required! Sides from the play will be available at auditions.

Really Really, by Paul Downs Colaizzo, is contemporary drama that pushes the edges and embraces the harsh reality of today’s youth. At an elite university, when the party of the year results in the regret of a lifetime, one person will stop at nothing to salvage a future that is suddenly slipping away. In this quick-witted and gripping comic tragedy about “Generation Me,” it’s every man for himself.

Directed by Simona Giurgea, with performances scheduled April 8-12.


Brendan Reed ’92 produces Skanks, a theater-themed documentary

By University Theater on January 5, 2015

Skanks movie posterSkanks is a documentary film that premiered at Slamdance in 2014, and is edited and produced by Brendan Reed ’92, a New York-based film editor and producer who also works in television and new media. The film follows a community theater in Birmingham, Alabama as they mount an original drag musical titled Skanks in a One Horse Town.

Skanks was an official selection at film festivals throughout the country last year, winning two audience choice awards for best documentary, and it’s now available for streaming on iTunes and Video on Demand. Brendan hopes that every theater major at Colgate will get a chance to see it!


Noah Brody ’94 Co-Directs NYC Revival of Into the Woods

By University Theater on December 16, 2014

Ben Steinfeld and Noah Brody

As a film adaptation of the musical Into the Woods is hotly anticipated in theaters, Colgate alumnus and Bound Brook, New Jersey native Noah Brody ’94 will be co-directing a revival of the musical in New York City with colleague Ben Steinfeld.

The production, presented by Fiasco Theater, is a unique approach that features a cast of only 10, with both co-directors also assuming on-stage roles. Brody is actually playing three different characters in the story.

To learn more about the the production, check out a question and answer with the co-directors on the Roundabout Theatre Company blog.

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