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Over the Rainbow

On December 4, a variety of student theater groups premiered “Over the Rainbow,” a unique cabaret and auction to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA). Now in its fifth year, “Over the Rainbow” is sponsored by the Tufts Department of Drama and Dance, Health Services, Torn Ticket II, Pen, Paint, and Pretzels, Bare Bodkin, and the Leonard Carmichael Society. Students performed a wide variety of songs–from musicals like “Hairspray” and “Rent,” among several others–and facilitated an auction featuring signed Broadway memorabilia and gifts from local vendors.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is a nonprofit that utilizes the resources of the theater community to raise money for AIDS-related causes. In the Tufts Daily video below, you’ll hear from ensemble member Julia Lyons, A13; Director Cailin Mackenzie, A14; and Executive Producer Stephanie Fischer, A13, who speak about the importance of BC/EFA and the significance of the yearly event at Tufts. The video also features rehearsal footage of the talented cast.

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Our Private Lives

Tufts Department of Drama and Dance debuted it’s production of “Our Private Lives” on October 18. The play, a black comedy from Colombia, is making its North American premiere in English at Tufts. The production features a small cast, and touches on issues surrounding a deeply dysfunctional family.

Check out the Tufts Daily video below for interviews with Director Laurence Senelick, as well as with cast members Ryan Willison, A13, and Edward Rosini, A16.

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Hamlet the Hip-Hopera 2012-2013

Following up from their explosive performances on and off the stage last year, Hamlet the Hip-Hopera is back and looking for new students to add their talents to the mix and join their cast. The play itself  “puts a modern, still-reverent remix on the Bard’s classic. The core of the text remains intact (as does its setting), but its means of communication – rap battles, dueling verses, slam poetry – are entirely new.”

Directed by John-Michael Sequeira, A12, with the musical direction of Tucker Delaney-Winn, A12, the Hip-Hopera is an independent production featuring performers from the greater Boston area with the help of the Tufts Drama Department. The cast hopes to compete at the regional level of the American College Theater Festival in Cape Cod, MA.

Check out their 2012-2013 trailer:

Interested? Click here for audition information.


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Tufts Students Dramatically take on the Blogosphere

Those who pursue a Ph.D. in Drama at Tufts thankfully do not keep their musings contained to the stage or to publications.

Danielle Rosvally, a current Ph.D. student, frequently discusses her intense interest in Shakespeare on her blog Daniprose. In her latest post, she discusses the upcoming movie Anonymous, which takes into account the rumor that Shakespeare did not actually write any of his plays. Rosvally responds…

Here’s my brief opinion of the authorship debate: why are we wasting our time?  No matter how we slice it, Shakespeare (either the man from Stratford or the great playwright – whether these two are the same person or not) is dead.  Shakespeare the man from Stratford existed.  Shakespeare the playwright wrote amazing, transcendent works of literature which continue to touch upon the human soul hundreds of years after his death.  Everything else is a fairy tale.

Meron Langsner, who currently holds a Ph.D. in Drama from Tufts and has  taught at the university in the past, has started a new blog entitled Taking Note and Taking Notes. He comments on a vast array of topics, from theatrical pieces and his involvement to performance and fight directing. For example, on the topic of cooperative writing, Langsner notes…

Only twice before had I co-authored anything, and both times it was with someone who was already a close friend coming into the process.  The experience of co-writing in a supportive environment with the people that I shared the retreat with where everyone was filling in everyone else’s blanks is incredibly affirming.

Be sure to check out Rosvally and Langsner on Twitter too!


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Tufts’ 3Ps Presents Yerma

This weekend, Tufts’ Pen, Paint and Pretzels (3Ps) will present Yerma as their annual Spring Major Production. Yerma, written by Federico García Lorca and directed by Jeewon Kim (A’11), is a play and “tragic poem” about a childless woman living in rural Spain who desperately wants to conceive. Laden with ambiguity and subtle cultural critique, Yerma is sure to leave audiences talking after the curtain closes.

Performances are this Thursday, Friday and Saturday (March 3, 4 & 5) at 8PM in the Balch Arena Theater. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased at the Balch Arena Box Office by calling 617-627-3493 or any day of the week from 9AM-5PM.

Here is a video featuring interviews with the cast:

And another detailing the rehearsal process:

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