Where Work Meets Play(writing)
The O’Neill Playwriting Program was founded in 1997. Since its inception, it has attempted to bridge the town-gown divide by dissolving boundaries of age and experience. Although it has undergone some changes in structure over the years, the program continues to provide a unique playwriting experience to budding playwrights and mature artists alike.
“Don’t Be Too Surprised” Examines the Art of the Family
“Don’t Be Too Surprised,” shown at the Yale Cabaret on Thursday, written by Geun-Hyung Park and translated and directed by Kee-Yoon Nahm DRA ‘12, is a refreshing take on a topic oft-pondered – human relationships and the multi-headed feelings that come with them. The entire show plays out on just one set: a modest Korean home, furnished with plastic chairs, a small television and two tiny rooms. The bare and unembellished house is antithetical to what is yet to come—a flamboyant and complex story with delicate issues.
Roaming the Roman Empire
Showcased in a spacious room with orange-tinged red walls, “Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of Empire” has a pristine aura to it. Organizationally precise and self-explanatory, the exhibit has different sections, each telling the story of Ancient Rome.
“Window” Reflects on Something Familiar
With its opening set as a college dorm’s common room, “Window Full of Moths” made me feel at home right from the first act. Deglamorizing “college life” and highlighting the irritants that most college students are too accustomed to to bother with, “Moths,” written by Nick Baskin ’14 and directed by Thomas Stilwell ’16, attempts to sensitize its audience members to their own lives.
Barking Up the Right Tree, with Laurie Santos
The dynamic Director of Undergraduate Studies of the Yale Psychology Department, Dr. Laurie Santos, started the Canine Cognition Center on campus this past December. The Center’s studies attempt to find out how the dog’s mind works. Interested in comparative psychology research, Dr. Santos believes a lot can be learned about human psychology by studying non-human primates. In the interview that follows, this “leading campus celebrity,” as christened by the Time magazine, helps us explore her puppy love.
Exploring the Human Psyche Through “Maids”
“Maids,” shown at the Yale Cabaret on Thursday and directed by Dustin Wills DRA ’14, opened to reveal a room within a room. The room, in which the characters performed throughout the whole show, was framed by glass windows. The construction made for a veritable transparent screen between the audience and actors. In the opening »
From Woad’s to Wonderland
Welcoming its audience to a psychedelic wonderland, Yale’s only tap dancing team, Yale Taps, mashed up neon lights, fluorescent costumes, Disney-themed music and the old-fashioned sound of feet striking a stage, to give their audience “Tappily Ever After.”
Tangled Up In Blue
Tucked away on either side of Beinecke’s lobby are two glass cases with ostensibly unrelated 19th and 20th century books, literary manuscripts, sheet music, photographs, regalia and industrial manuals. The exhibits from afar looked like a tumultuous sea, and I felt like the rather shipwrecked observer. Exploring the cultural history of the color blue, the »