‘Iphigenia’ reimagined

October 30, 2012 • 265
Gods and generals, superheroes and aliens, and intergalactic warfare and Greek tragedy will come together this Wednesday in “Iphigenia Among the Stars.” A School of Drama world premiere, “Iphigenia” will be a thesis show for directing student Jack Tamburri DRA ’13, who worked with writer Benjamin Fainstein DRA ’13 to weave the text of Euripides’ »

Theater meets trial with ‘8’

October 22, 2012 • 0
Tonight, the School of Drama will stage a one-night reading of Dustin Lance Black’s play “8” in the University Theater. “8” is based on Perry v. Brown, the trial that in February struck down Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage. The play was simultaneously brought to the school’s attention by students Jabari Brisport DRA »

UP introduces peer advisors program

October 18, 2012 • 0
This fall, the Office of Undergraduate Productions, or the OUP, launched a new program that will give students formal opportunities to mentor other undergraduates working on theater productions. The OUP created eight work-study positions to recruit the “Undergraduate Production Peer Advisors,” whose areas of expertise range from lighting to scenic design, said Rorie Fitzsimons, the »

Angsty ‘Spring Awakening’ debuts

October 17, 2012 • 1314
“Spring Awakening,” a rock musical best known for its hit songs “The B* * * * of Living” and “Totally F* * *ed” opens at the Off-Broadway Performance Space on Thursday, Oct. 18. The 2007 musical, written by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, is set in 19th century Germany, and, like the 1891 play by »
Celebrations honoring songwriter Cole Porter 1913, whose senior year at Yale was exactly a century ago, begin Thursday witha cabaret Centennial Gala.

100 years later, Cole Porter still ‘Most Entertaining’

September 26, 2012 • 2
What do the lyrics of Broadway classics “Anything Goes” and “Kiss Me Kate” have in common with Yale football songs? All were written by Cole Porter 1913, one of the most prolific songwriters of the 20th century. On Thursday, two cabaret performances will kick off a year’s worth of events celebrating 100 years since the »
Filmmaker Mila Turajlic said that while documentaries can communicate political messages, they are also a platform for artistic expression.

In Serbian political past, filmmaker finds art

March 21, 2012 • 0
How does one document the history of a country determined to erase its own past? Serbian film director Mila Turajlic discussed this problem at a Master’s Tea in Pierson College on Monday. Turajlic’s first film, “Cinema Komunisto” tells the story of how Communist dictator Josip Broz Tito manipulated the Serbian film industry to create an »

In “Translations,” a battle of tongues

February 22, 2012 • 8
Opening today, the Yale Dramatic Association’s spring mainstage production, “Translations,” deals with language and the fate of those confronted by its loss. Written by Irish playwright Brian Friel in 1980, the play takes place in a small Irish village in the 1830s that is in the midst of being forcibly Anglicized by occupying British troops. »

Panel discusses body image, sex

February 7, 2012 • 1061
Issues surrounding body image and its impact on mental and sexual health took the spotlight at a Monday panel in a crowded Branford Common Room. Lisa Wade, a professor of sociology at Occidental College in Los Angeles, Yale’s Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Education Center Director Carole Goldberg, and Chief of Student Health James »

Artist Antoni focuses on process of art

November 15, 2011 • 0
Few people spend days gnawing on a 600-pound block of chocolate, allow spiders to construct webs between their legs or submerge themselves in baths of lard. In a Monday night talk at the Yale School of Art, performance artist Janine Antoni described all of those as the process of making art. Antoni said that in »

GRENIER: Staying in Neverland

August 31, 2011 • 3
On my 18th birthday, my mom gave me a book called “Stuff Every Woman Should Know” by Alanna Kalb. I could immediately see it was full of advice, like “Good Responses to Bad Pickup Lines” (“Hey baby do you have a minute?” “Sorry, I’m fresh out”) and “How to perform the Heimlich Maneuver.” My mom »