Don’t miss the final weekend of fiercely talented contemporary New York playwright Young Jean Lee’s freaky, postmodern take on Shakespeare’s greatest play, King Lear. Directed by Jody McAuliffe, Theater Studies faculty. As Lee describes her highly original version: “the kids are in the palace, they’ve just kicked the fathers out into the storm; they pretend they’re fine, then realize they’re not.”
What: Lear by Young Jean Lee
When: April 11-13 at 8pm and April 14 at 2pm
Where: Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, West Campus
How much: $10 general admission; $5 students and sr. citizens
Follow the development of the play on tumblr at: http://leardramaturgy.tumblr.com/
What does the ancient Greece of Plato’s The Republic have in common with the world today?
Read the story in the Chronicle Recess and see how the two connect and attend the performance on Saturday, February 23.
Hoi Polloi Theater Company will perform a work-in-progress based on Plato's Republic on Saturday evening, February 23 in Sheafer Theater, (Bryan Center, Duke West Campus) at 8 pm. Free.
We are excited to announce that Duke University Office of the Vice Provost and the Duke Music Department are collaborating with KidZNotes, the successful Durham-based music education program based on El Sistema, to host “Take A Stand” in the Nelson Music Room on Friday, February 15 and at the Holton Community Center on Saturday, February 16.
“Take A Stand” is the national El Sistema initiative of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Longy School of Music at Bard College that cultivates leadership and education in the El Sistema movement in the United States. The conference will bring together representatives from the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Longy School of Music to meet with Duke faculty and students, Triangle music educators and local entrepreneurs who have worked with KidZNotes over the three years of its existence.
As one of the most successful expressions of the ideals of El Sistema in the United States, KidZNotes is a perfect example of the effectiveness of social entrepreneurship through the arts. KidZNotes has established partnerships with the Durham Public Schools, Duke University, and the East Durham Children’s Initiative to provide free music lessons, instruments, and orchestral training to over 100 elementary school students, most of whom could not afford music lessons without KidZNotes.
If you are interested in social entrepreneurship through the arts, arts advocacy, and innovation through arts education, you should attend “Take A Stand.” Duke is committed to deepening its collaboration with KidZNotes, which means developing exciting ways to engage students in its programs.
Register now for Take A Stand at: http://www.kidznotes.org/take-a-stand/
Read more about Take A Stand on Duke Today.
Read more in The Chronicle Recess.
Stranger: A Festival in Search of Hospitable Acts
Photo by Elysia Su
The Duke University Department of Theater Studies and Sojourn Theatre of Portland (OR) present The Stranger Festival all day Friday, February 24, 2012 in locations throughout Durham.
The Festival is the culmination of a year of conversations and meditations about the dynamics of hospitality in Durham, from tiny daily acts of civility to the impacts of rapidly changing public policy. Duke students, faculty, Durham citizens, and guest artists from Sojourn Theatre will host a series of micro-events throughout Durham that intersect with and explore the daily patterns of the city.
According to Sojourn Theatre artistic director Michael Rohd, “We’ve taken on lots of projects that have some kind of bridge impulse in them. We want to bring people into contact who aren’t generally connected with each other.”
“Duke and Durham are geographically linked, but we felt there were plenty of bridges to be built between the two,” says Torry Bend, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Theater Studies at Duke and chief collaborator with Sojourn.
"This Sojourn residency created a forum in which Duke students and the Durham community could engage in the act of creation under the advisement of Sojourn Theatre – a nationally-known company noted for its ability to pair civic engagement with performance.
“In the act of producing The Stranger Festival, the collaborating students, faculty and Durham residents have defined the important subjects that affect their shared community and have created specially for that community.”
Events will take place on Friday, February 24 around Durham and are free and open to the public.
For more information go the The Stranger Festival website.
Read about it in today's Chronicle.
Chinese theater artist Yu Rongjun (Nick Yu) visits Duke University beginning Wednesday, March 16 for a residency working with the students in theater studies professor Claire Conceison's course “The China Experiment.” The students will welcome Yu to campus with a reading of excerpts of several of his plays in Sheafer Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, with a reception following in the Multicultural Center on the lower level of the Bryan Center. The class will culminate with a workshop production of his new play, "Das Kapital," on Tuesday, April 26, also in Sheafer Theater. Both performances are in English and free and open to the public.
According to Conceison, Yu's residency will expose students, faculty and community members to a dynamic and significant artist in China who is literally changing the course of theater there and who is deeply involved in international artistic exchange.
"He will relate wonderfully to Duke undergraduates and has an exuberant personality and contagious enthusiasm for life and for theater," says Conceison.
Yu is the most produced living playwright in mainland China and also the deputy general manager and longtime director of marketing and programming for Shanghai’s only state-run theater company, the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre. He is the author of more than 30 plays and the recipient of many awards. He is also the founder and director of a college theater festival in Shanghai.
While in Durham, Yu will meet with several other classes both at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill in addition to"The Chinese Experiment" class. He will also meet with Chinese students and will introduce a film screening on Thursday, April 7 as part of the Cine East series. He will visit some local schools in the community as well. Requests for meetings with Yu can be directed to email@example.com.
Ireland’s National Theatre, The Abbey Theatre, performs for the first time in North Carolina with the play “Terminus” on Friday, Feb. 25 and Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Carolina Theatre in Durham.
Tickets for the 8 p.m. shows, presented by Duke Performances, are available through the Carolina Theatre box office at 919-560-3030 or www.carolinatheatre.org/tickets.
“Terminus” is a cycle of three interlocking monologues told in a rhymed blank verse. Three characters each tell their stories directly to the audience, recounting angels and demons, passion and atonement.
Founded in Dublin in 1899 by, among others, W. B. Yeats, The Abbey Theatre is known as an incubator of Irish literary talent. Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, and John Millington Synge were among the authors whose works first appeared at The Abbey. More recently, in the past five years, the Abbey has commissioned more than 20 different writers and toured productions internationally.
Prior to the play on Thursday, Feb. 24 in the Nelson Music Room on Duke’s East Campus, “Terminus” writer/director Mark O’Rowe will present a lecture on his experience writing and directing the play. The event is free and open to the public.
The company will also be artists-in-residence at Duke in advance of their performance. Full and up-to-date information on residency activities is available at www.dukeperformances.org.
*Editor's Note: The play contains strong language and graphic descriptions, and is recommended for ages 18 and over.
A futuristic tale of blacks in space and a classic story of a North Carolina slave girl offer varying portrayals of the black experience during "The Theme is Blackness" theater festival next month.
Curated by Duke University faculty and presented by The Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern Nov. 3-13 at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham, the festival features two weeks of plays and discussions on the state of theater and race in America.
"We wanted to create a forum where new plays by black playwrights could be showcased outside the month of February," wrote Jay O'Berski, Duke theater studies assistant professor of the practice, in an email message. "Because we have so many incredible black artists in Durham with connections to internationally renowned playwrights working in the U.S., we knew it was time to start something in Durham."