The 2013 Fall TDF Production, Spring Awakening, will open this Thursday evening. It will be performed on Oct. 24-26 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 27 at 2:00 p.m. in the Roschel Performing Arts Center. Tickets can be ordered at the box office or online.
Directed by Professor Kati Donovan, the piece "explores the transition a young person makes from innocence to experience in an unforgiving world. It explores themes such as sexuality, abortion, child abuse and suicide. Powerful, poignant, and passionate, Spring Awakeningwon 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and was named “Best Musical of the Year” by The New York Times."
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The Roschel Performing Arts Center will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Named after benefactor Dr. Robert L. Roschel ’54, it has been one of the major venues for a variety of Franklin and Marshall events since its completion ten years ago.
Roschel includes the Schnader Theater, equipped with a stage larger than two-thirds of its Broadway equivalents, state-of-the-art technology, and a small orchestra pit. It is capable of hosting a performance for up to 305 audience members. Roschel also houses numerous facilities including two dance studios and a drama studio, as well as the spacious Kreisel Lobby just outside the doors of Schnader.
Roschel has provided the space for a variety of events. First and foremost, it is a major venue for stage productions presented by the TDF Department. The F&M Players, the campus’ student-run theatre company, also uses Schnader for their winter performance. The Kreisel Lobby is used for a number of different occasions, including Admissions sessions and receptions of Common Hour speakers. Guest artists and lecturers have also used Roschel.
This semester, the TDF Department will present the rock musical Spring Awakening, Stuart Pimsler Dance Company, and the Fall Dance Concert in the Roschel Performing Arts Center.
The TDF Department will be celebrating this anniversary in a number of ways. Bonnie Bosso, Theater Production and Public Relations Manager, said: “We will have special lobby displays during Homecoming and during all of the productions in the facility, which will feature works by TDF designers and faculty. We are also working on developing a 10-year logo that would be used in all print work and communication. We will talk about the anniversary at this year’s functions, like our Fulton Theatre sponsorship.”
Roschel has been part of creating the on-campus robustness of F&M in the past ten years! We hope that it will continue to be a space that is used for advancing the artistic and intellectual life of the campus and the Lancaster community.
Jon Foley Sherman, Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre, has produced and performed a piece for the Fringe Festival at Philadelphia!
Professor Sherman and his colleague Julie Beauvais collaborated on the production and performace of This is Not for You. The piece explored the topic of solitude, presented in "the form of a Platonic dialogue interrupted by movement, music, and memory" (Elbow Room Press Release).
Here are some descriptions of the performance:
"A visually and emotionally lyrical dialogue about the presence of others. Make no mistake: this is a debate, not a love fest" (JB Farley in Phindie)
"This is Not for You is an affecting, if sometimes baffling, experience... it would be difficult to leave the Old Crane school without a heightened awareness of what it does and doesn't mean to be alone" (Jess Bergman in Citypaper Philadelphia)
Congratulations to Jon and Julie! The TDF Department is honored to count Jon as one of its members!
Earlier this August, the Robert Moss Theater in NYC produced the play Infallibility. Why is this special? Because the playwright, Matt Barbot, is a recent graduate of F&M.
While he was here at the college, Matt majored in Theatre and played many leading roles as an actor. Now his career as a theatre artist has extended beyond his years as a student at F&M.
As we meet a new season, TDF will also be welcoming two new faculty members, Professor Meredith A. Bak and Professor Kati Donovan. Please join us in welcoming them!
Meredith A. Bak is a Three year Visiting Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies.
Meredith comes to us most recently from her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women at Brown University. Meredith holds a PhD in Film and Media Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an MA in Cinema Studies from NYU, and a BA in Media Arts from Brigham Young University. Her research interests include media archaeology and the interesection of "old" and "new" media, particularly in relation to children's media and material culture. Meredith's current book project focuses on pre-cinematic visual media, from movable books to optical toys, and these technologies' roles in cultivating children as media spectators at the turn of the twentieth century. This semester she will teach Intro to Film and Media Studies & Documentary History & Theory.
Kati Donovan is a full time one semester Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre.
Kati holds an MFA in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University, an MA in Theatre, with a focus in dramaturgy from Villanova University, and a BFA in Musical Theatre from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her recent research interests have included "Empowering Victim Art Through Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel," and "A Defense of Celia in Shakespeare's As You Like It." This Semester Kati will teach the Musical Theatre Studies course, the Musical Theatre Acting course, and she will direct our students in the musical that won the Tony for best musical in 2007, Spring Awakening, which will take place on Oct 24-27 in the Roschel Performing Arts Center.
Welcome back to Theatre, Dance, and Film! The 2013-2014 season has now begun. Fall productions and events will be posted on the TDF page as well as the Box Office page. Check in later for more updates!
As of now, the following events will take place in the 2013-2014 season.
F&M Student Film Showcase - Sep 11
At the Green Room Theatre.
Dog Star Man Film Screening - Sep 24
At the Green Room Theatre. Co-sponsored by the Philips Museum of Art.
Luis Recorder & Sandra Gibson Projection Art Screening - Oct 2
At the Zoetroplis Art House (315 West James Srteet).
A Decade of Design Exhibits/Gala - Oct 5 from 2:30-4:00 pm
We're celebrating Roschel's 10th Birthday and the stunning work done by our resident designers, Virginia West '78 and John Whiting, over the years. In the Roschel Lobby.
Celia Rowlson-Hall Screening - Oct 16
At the Zoetroplis Art House (315 West James Street).
Spring Awakening - Oct 24-27
The 2006 musical by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik that took Broadway and the world by storm! Come see the first Dance department produciton of the year directed by Kati Donovan.
Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater - Nov 9
A 1971 F&M alum and Mill Humanities Fellow, Stuart Pimsler rejoins the campus for a weeklong residency culminating in a performance.
11x14 Film Screening - Nov 12
At the Philips Museum of Art. Co-sponsored by the Philips Museum of Art.
Fall Dance Concert - Nov 21-23
The annual fall concert of faculty and guest artist choreographed dances. The concert features dancers from across the campus.
Sincerity Forever - Feb 13-16
A loopy and savage satire that won the Obie Award in 1990. This show tackles some of the thorniest issues in American culture with a strong dose of the absurd and a fervent belief in the power of free speech.
Angels in America: Millenium Approaches - Apr 3-5
The iconic American play by Tony Kushner bursts on to the F&M campus for the first time! Come see the final Theatre department production of the year directed by Carol Davis.
Spring Dance Concert & Showcase - Apr 12-13
A presentation of student choreographed and danced work with lighting by our lighting design class.
The 2012-2013 season has concluded. Thank you for your patronage and support! TDF productions will be back in the upcoming 2013-2014 season.
Below are some production photos.
F&M Department of Theatre, Dance & Film will be presenting the 2013 Spring Dance Concert and Choreography showcase this weekend.
The Dance Concert will open tonight and last until Saturday (April 18-20), and will take place in the Roschel Performing Arts Center at 7:30 P.M. Tickets are availabe both online and at the Roschel Box Office.
The Choreography Showcase will take place on April 20 at 2:00 P.M. No tickets are required for the Choreography Showcase.
More information on this spring's dance events are to come.
You were lucky if you were one of the people who attended Martha Colburn's showcase in The Green Room Theatre tonight. Martha's films are exciting visual spectables bringing up issues about pop culture, consumerism, religion and the ever destructive human nature. We saw Myth Labs, Evil of Dracula, What's On, Triumph of the Wild and Don't Kill The Weatherman as well as several other shorts, each more thought provoking than the last.
Following the screening, Martha showed us some of the original artwork, which she hand made and manipulated to capture the animation effect on old school filmstock. The result is a unique juxtaposition of fast paced stop motion, the tangibility of real life objects and visual abstractness: in other words, you have never seen anything like this before!
Sponsored by the Office of the President, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage is will be visiting F&M for the weekly Common Hour on Thursday, March 21 at 11:30 a.m. in the Mayser Gymnasium.
Nottage received various awards including the Pulitzer Prize (Ruined), American Theatre Critics and New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards for Best Play (Intimate Apparel), OBIE Award (Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine), 2010 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award, the inaugural Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play (Ruined), Helen Hayes Award (Ruined), the Lee Reynolds Award, and the Jewish World Watch iWitness Award.
She also received the 2007 MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant," the National Black Theatre Festival's August Wilson Playwriting Award, the 2005 Guggenheim Grant for Playwriting, the 2004 PEN/Laura Pels Award for Drama, as well as fellowships from the Lucille Lortel Foundation, Manhattan Theatre Club, New Dramatists and New York Foundation for the Arts.
She is a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama, where she is currently a visiting lecturer. She is a co-founder and producer at Market Road Films LLC, a film production company.
The event will be open to the public and free. No tickets will be required.
Directed by F&M Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Jennifer Conley, the dancers performed on February 23 as part of the University Partners Showcase, an event that featured six student groups from around the United States performing Graham classics.
Here is the quote of the mention: "Much more stageworthy was the company's recent installment of its University Partners Showcase, where dance students from various colleges and high schools performed Graham choreography taught by Graham veterans... these programs offered such rewards as 'Celebration,' the stirring and rigorous 12-woman work from 1934 staged here by Jennifer Conley for Franklin and Marshall College."
Congratulations to the F&M dancers!
With the F&M faculty's approval of the formal creation of a new academic major in film and media studies on Feb. 11, students have a new opportunity to explore the complex roles film and media play in modern society. Shepherded by the faculty's Educational Policy Committee, the new major is part of F&M'sDepartment of Theatre, Dance & Film. The major is available to current sophomores -- and juniors if they can meet the requirements in their remaining semesters -- and includes 11 courses that educate students in film history, criticism, theory and production.
"Film and media saturate the contemporary cultural landscape," said Eitzen, who chairs the film and media studies program at F&M. "Our students have grown up swimming in a sea of media, including iTunes and YouTube, and this major will help them navigate that sea more deliberately. We want the major to foster disciplined storytelling and critical thinking so students engage with media more effectively."
Rather than creating a "silo" major in film, Eitzen said the department designed the major to weave various disciplines together, a hallmark of a liberal arts education.
F&M Department of Theatre, Dance & Film will be presenting the 2013 Spring Dance Concert and Choreography showcase in April. The Dance Concert will take place on April 18-20 at 7:30 P.M. Tickets are availabe both online and at the Roschel Box Office. The Choreography Showcase will take place on April 20 at 2:00 P.M. No tickets are required for the Choreography Showcase.
More information on this spring's dance events are to come.
F&M Department of Theatre, Dance & Film will be presenting Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind on the 14-17 of February.
In the play, a sudden, brutal act of domestic violence throws two families into crisis. The poetic complexities of Sam Shepard's brilliant work rupture all notions of memory, love, and home in the American landscape. The original production won a New York Drama Critics Award for Best Play of the Year.
Feb. 14-16, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Feb. 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm
Roschel Performing Arts Center
The Fall Dance Concert at Franklin & Marshall College in November 2012 featured a reconstruction of "Celebration," a 1934 production by legendary American choreographer Martha Graham. But for the dozen F&M students who performed the piece, the "celebration" was just beginning.
Directed by F&M Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Jennifer Conley, the dancers are taking their show on the road -- to New York City's famed Joyce Theater, one of the premier dancing venues in the country. The students will perform at 2 p.m. Feb. 23 as part of the University Partners Showcase, an event featuring six student groups from around the United States performing Graham classics.
On February 28, award-winning filmmaker Lauren Wolkstein joins Professor Andy Bragen and his "Writing the Short Film" class. Wolkstein will present three short films; Cigarette Candy, The Strange Ones, and Social Butterfly, followed by a discussion exploring the relationship between the scripts and the films.
Lauren Wolkstein was named one of the top twenty-five emerging filmmakers through The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Independent Filmmaker Project's inaugural Emerging Visions Program at the 2011 New York Film Festival. Wolkstein received her MFA in film directing at Columbia University where her thesis film, Cigarette Candy, received the Adrienne Shelly Award for Best Female Director, Plum Pictures Most Promising Filmmaker Award, and Best Narrative Short at multiple film festivals including SXSW and Palm Springs International ShortFest.
On February 19, we welcome Sarah Ruhl as the 2013 Lapine Family Distinguished Dramatist. Sarah Ruhl, a MacArthur Genius Award winner and Pulitzer finalist, is one of America’s most important mid-career dramatists.
Her plays have been produced internationally in London, Germany, Australia, Canada and Israel, and have been translated into Polish, Russian, Spanish, Norwegian, Korean, German and Arabic. She was recently the recipient of the PEN center award for a mid-career playwright, the Feminist Press’ Forty under Forty award, and the 2010 Lilly award. She has been teaching playwriting at the Yale School of Drama this past year, and she lives in Brooklyn with her family.
Ms. Ruhl will give a lecture at 7:30 PM in Schader Theater in the Roschel Performing Arts Center. This event is sponsored by the Lapine Family Visiting Theatre Artist Fund.
There is no charge but tickets are required for entry. Tickets may be picked up at the Box Office (open Monday through Friday noon to 6 PM), located in the Roschel Performing Arts Center off of College Avenue. Tickets can be reserved over the phone or via email but must be picked up at the Box Office by 6 PM Tuesday, February 19.