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Professor Adrian Giurgea directs bilingual production

By Christian DuComb on April 14, 2014

Younger woman wipes the brow of an elderly woman on stage

Professor Adrian Giurgea, director of the University Theater, has just returned from Tallinn, Estonia, where he directed a bilingual production of Caryl Churchill’s recent play “Love and Information.” The cast included both Russian and Estonian actors speaking simultaneously in their mother tongues, reflecting the linguistic and ethnic dualism of contemporary Tallinn.

Churchill’s script, which includes over a hundred characters, explores the changing nature of human relationships in an era of information overload — a theme amplified by Giurgea’s production. As tensions over language, ethnicity, and nation mount in Ukraine (several hundred miles south of Estonia), Giurgea’s staging of “Love and Information” delves into timely issues key to the cultural and political future of Eastern Europe at large.


Senior theater majors perform all over campus

By Christian DuComb on April 11, 2014

Theater majors in the class of 2014 have cooked up a wide range of exciting capstone projects, five of which culminate in performances between now and the end of the semester:

Ben Mandell '14 and Charlotte Arbogast '16 in A Dreamplay

Ben Mandell ’14 and Charlotte Arbogast ’16 in A Dreamplay.

Carlie Lindower, Tycho
A staged reading of an original musical based on the crazy life of Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe
April 18, Persson 27, 7:00p

Tierra Jackson, Magnapict
An interactive video and performance piece with live feeds from around campus
April 21-27, The Coop

Jesus Reyes, Lungs
A workshop performance of Duncan MacMillan’s searing new play
April 21-22, Ryan 212, 7:00p

Evan Tomlinson Weintraub, Gruesome Playground Injuries
A workshop performance of Rajiv Joseph’s play, lightly adapted
April 23-24, Brehmer Theater

Laura Uhlig, Candyland
An original performance developed by and for the children of Hamilton
May 3, Hamilton Center for the Arts, 3:00p

Two of this year’s theater majors have already completed their capstones. Ally Macey’s hilarious and provocative solo performance, I’m a Feminist… Now What?, debuted at the Hour Glass in downtown Hamilton in March. Ben Mandell’s superb performance as the Lawyer in the University Theater production of August Strindberg’s A Dreamplay drew audiences from across campus to Brehmer Theater in early April. Congratulations to them both!


Children’s Theater Workshop Presents Wald: A Wondertale

By Christian DuComb on April 9, 2014

Inspired by the traditions and grammar of the Grimm’s Fairytales, this play is is wholly written and performed by Colgate students in the Children’s Theater Workshop.

Poster for Wald, a WondertaleWhen:
April 14 & 16: 10:30 a.m.
April 17: 7:00 p.m.

Where:
Brehmer Theater, Dana Arts Center

Cost:
Free admission!

For information:
Please call 315-228-7641


Workshop: bless thee! thou art / translated

By University Theater on March 28, 2014

Informational poster about the workshop with Paul WalshOn Wednesday, April 2, Paul Walsh, Christian A. Johnson Artist-in-Residence in Theater and Professor of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at Yale University, will lead a freewheeling discussion of translation and adaptation for the theater, drawing examples from his work with the plays of Henrik Ibsen and August Strindberg and his collaborative adaptations with Theatre de la Jeune Lune.

Translation is a profoundly dramaturgical act, based in a meticulous and deeply participatory act of reading, that is at once creative and monstrous. Adaptation can be equally monstrous, but encourages taking greater liberties. Each has its own responsibilities and rewards.

Date: Wednesday, April 2
Time: 4:15–5:45
Location: Lawrence 109

Also join the Theater Program for a post-show talk with Paul Walsh, translator of August Strindberg’s A Dreamplay directed by Simona Giurgea, April 3 following the production in Brehmer Theater in the Charles A. Dana Arts Center, 7pm


Translator of A Dreamplay to speak at Colgate

By University Theater on March 11, 2014

Poster for the lecture "Dreaming Modernity:  August Stringberg's 'A Dreamplay'On Tuesday, March 11, Paul Walsh will give a talk entitled “Dreaming Modernity: August Strindberg’s A Dreamplay” at 4:30 p.m. in Lawrence 105 as part of the Arts and Humanities Colloquium Series. A Dreamplay is this semester’s University Theater production (running April 2-6), directed by Simona Giurgea in a new translation by Walsh.

Walsh is Professor of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism in Yale’s School of Drama. He served for nine years as senior dramaturg at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater and before that worked closely with the Minneapolis-based Theatre de la Jeune Lune on a number of award-winning productions. His translations of plays by Henrik Ibsen and August Strindberg have been produced professionally at theaters across the country including the American Conservatory Theater, Classic Stage Company, Yale Repertory Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and People’s Light and Theater among others. Walsh’s translations of the five Chamber Plays of August Strindberg were published in 2012 by Exit Press after being produced at the Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco. Walsh received a Ph.D. from the Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama at the University of Toronto and has taught at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


Colgate Theater Capstone Company announces performances

By University Theater on March 5, 2014
Poster for the Colgate Theater Capstone Company

Click the image to download the full-size poster.

The seven theater majors in the Colgate class of 2014 announce seven exciting capstone performances!

Ally Macey
I’m a Feminist… Now What? (a solo comedy show)
March 6-8, The Hourglass Tavern, Lebanon Street

Ben Mandell
Performance in A Dreamplay (an in-depth character study)
April 2-6, Brehmer Theater

Tierra Jackson
A Transmedia Performance (details TBA)
April 14-18

Carlie Lindower
Tycho (a staged reading of an original musical)
April 18, Persson Hall

Jesus Reyes
Lungs, by Duncan MacMillan (a workshop performance)
April 21-22, Ryan 212

Evan Tomlinson Weintraub
Gruesome Playground Injuries, by Rajiv Joseph (a workshop performance)
April 23-24, Brehmer Theater

Laura Uhlig
Candyland (a children’s theater piece)
April 26, Hamilton Center for the Arts

For more information, contact the Theater Program at 315-228-7639


Headlong Dance Theater brings Shosha to Colgate

By University Theater on January 27, 2014
A theater poster featuring a man and a woman popping out of a small chest.

Headlong Dance Theater’s residency on campus runs February 3-8, 2014.

From February 3-8, 2014, Colgate will host a residency and performance by Headlong Dance Theater, a Bessie-Award winning modern dance company based in Philadelphia. The residency will include a colloquium on February 4, sponsored by the Division of Arts and Humanities, and two performances of Headlong’s piece Shosha in Brehmer Theater on February 7th and 8th.

Shosha, an adaption of Isaac Beshevis Singer’s eponymous novel, depicts the Jewish ghetto of 1930s Warsaw through the lens of 1970s New York, where Singer enjoyed the most productive period of his career. Simultaneously comic and sensuous, Shosha draws its movement vocabulary from vaudeville and contact improvisation, framed by stage imagery that the Boston Globe calls “striking and unforgettable.”

Founded in 1993, Headlong Dance Theater has performed nationally and internationally to a range of audiences, and the company’s work — informed by a deep commitment to collaboration, and formal experimentation — has won many fans and much acclaim. “Does experimental dance have to be intimidating?” asks Gia Kourlas in the New York Times. “Not according to Headlong Dance Theater, which likes to lace its cerebral offerings with sly humor… Headlong is clearly not your typical dance company, with dances in keeping with the troupes’s motto that intelligent experimentation can be compelling and, in some cases, hilarious.”

Headlong’s Co-Directors, David Brick and Amy Smith, have trained in modern, ballet, jazz, tap, contract improvisation, releasing techniques, theater, sports, sign language, Bharata Natyam, and Ghanaian dance. Drawing on these and other sources, Headlong creates dances that both reflect and comment on the blind spots and hot spots of our strange, contemporary times. For more about the Headlong Dance Theater, visit their website.

Colloquium: Tuesday, February 4, 4:30 p.m., 105 Lawrence Hall
Performances: Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8, 8:00 p.m., Brehmer Theater. Admission free!

Funded by the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation.


Simona Giurgea to direct new translation of ‘A Dreamplay’

By University Theater on January 9, 2014
Poster with halves of two different eyes aligned to form one.

A Dreamplay will be performed April 2-6, 2014

This spring, Colgate’s University Theater will stage a new translation of A Dreamplay, directed by Simona Giurgea. Written by Swedish dramatist August Strindberg in 1901, A Dreamplay “invites us to reflect on the nature and significance of human relationships,” says Giurgea. Read more


Filmmaker Corneliu Porumboiu to visit campus

By University Theater on December 5, 2013
Corneliu Porumboiu

(From http://www.festival-cannes.com/)

On Friday, December 6 at 5:00 p.m. in Golden Auditorium, Romanian fimmaker Corneliu Porumboiu will be present for a screening of his work, When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism as part of Colgate’s Friday Night 35mm Film Series. This is an opportunity for students to ask questions of and learn from an international artist who was recently named in The New York Times‘ “20 Directors to Watch.”

Porumboiu’s films, which portray and critique Romanian history, politics, and society, have garnered international attention, winning prizes at festivals including the Copenhagan International Film Festival, the Chicago International Film Festival, and Cannes.

See the campus calendar for the most current information.


Acting Workshop with Yuri Kordonsky

By University Theater on November 15, 2013

YK workshopThe Acting Body, a workshop using the physical body to create genuine emotion.

November 18, 2013 4:15pm in Ryan 212

Yuri Kordonsky, Christian A. Johnson Artist-in-Residence for Theater, studied acting and directing in Russia, in St. Petersburg State Academy of Theatre Arts. He has taught, performed, and directed internationally since 1989.

As a performer and director, he toured in more than 20 countries and conducted workshops in Russia, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Romania. His recent directing credits include his original play Disappearance and House of Bernarda Alba by Lorca (Maly Drama Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia), Uncle Vanya by Chekhov, The Marriage by Gogol and Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky (Bulandra Theatre, Bucharest, Romania), A Cabal of Hypocrites by Bulgakov, Peer Gynt by Ibsen and Oedipus Rex by Sophocles (Wesleyan University, CT), A Diary of a Madman by Gogol (West End Theatre, Gloucester, MA), and Canterbury Tales by Chaucer (Riverside Theater, New York), among others.

His productions won numerous international awards including Golden Light (St.-Petersburg), Best Production (Union of European Theatres, Palermo), Best Production, Best Director, Special Prize of Romanian Ministry of Culture (Bucharest, Romania). He has taught acting and directing at Columbia University, George Washington University, and Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.

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