The Normal Heart
A Staged Reading and Panel Discussion
Made possible by:
Provost's Year of Health
The Penn Theatre Initiative
January 30, 2015
7PM Bruce Montgomery Theatre, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Directed by David A. Fox
The Normal Heart: A semi-staged reading and talkback
Friday, January 30th at 6pm
The Montgomery Theatre / The Annenberg Center
Admission free to Penn community – first come, first served!
The Penn Theatre Arts program, the Provost’s Year of Health, and the Penn Theatre initiative are proud to present a staged reading and panel discussion of Larry Kramer’s powerful, Tony-award-winning 1985 play, The Normal Heart.
Kramer’s play, partially fictional but deeply rooted in fact, is a personal and political chronicle of the terrifying early days of the AIDS crisis, and specifically how it was – and was not – addressed in New York City. The Normal Heart is now almost 30 years old – and in the decades since its writing, AIDS has become a more managed healthcare issue, with a far more hopeful prognosis in many cases. Yet the play has not lost its vividness and immediacy, and remains a deeply affecting personal story, as well as an invaluable historical chronicle.
The cast for this production is drawn from Penn faculty, staff, alumni and students. The reading is free of charge, and open to members of the Penn community on a first-come, first-served basis. Following the reading there will be a talk back discussion.
For more information on The Normal Heart project, please contact:
David Fox, Director, New Student Orientation and Academic Initiatives
email@example.com / 215.573.5636
The Penn Plays Fellowship
The Heidi Chronicles
The Heidi Chronicles
a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Wendy Wasserstein
Directed by Dr. Rosemary Malague
Thursday, February 19 – Saturday, February 21, 7pm
To be staged in the Harold Prince Theatre, Annenberg Center for Performing Arts.
Funny and bittersweet, the comedy traces the journey of the “boomer” generation through the character of Heidi, “a brilliant feminist art historian trying to keep her bearings and her sense of humor on the elevator ride from the radical sixties to the heartless eighties.” This 20th century play has surprising resonance at this moment in the 21st century; indeed, it will also be receiving a Broadway revival featuring Elisabeth Moss this spring. The play features an ensemble cast of eight talented performers—five women and three men—we are also seeing a stage manager / assistant director (among other production roles).
Not an Actor? No Problem!
Production Staff opportunitiesNot interested in acting? We are filling production staff, including roles of assistant director/stage manager, light-board operator, soundboard operator and assistant stage manager/running crew. Interested or have questions? In most cases, no experience necessary--we'll train you. Write to Dr. Malague, Cat Johnson or Eric Baratta for more info.
2014-2015 Annual Theatre Arts Artistic Residency
This year's Artistic Residency, sponsored by the Theatre Arts Program with the generous support of the Penn Theatre Initiative, will feature master puppeteer Robert Smythe, founder of the groundbreaking, internationally renowned Mumpuppet theatre. Mr. Smythe, a four-time Barrymore Award winner, has performed around the U.S. and the world, including many theaters in the Philadelphia area. He has won numerous awards and fellowships from many of the country’s most prestigious cultural institutions, including the Guggenheim, the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. For two weeks, students in Theatre Arts will work intensively alongside Mr. Smythe, fusing theatrical themes and storytelling techniques with the creation of 3-D performance objects. This year, the Artistic Residency will also support the work of the Edinburgh Project, an ensemble composed of Penn Theatre Arts students, who will devise an original performance piece to take to the 2015 Edinburg Fringe Festival, using their work with Mr Smythe as “ raw material” for their explorations and performance research. The Artistic Residency will culminate in a public presentation of an original performance piece, or work-in-progress, performed by Mr. Smythe and the students working with him during his residency, on Thursday, April 16, 2015.
PAST EVENTS 2014-2015
by Maria Irene Fornes
Directed by Marcia Ferguson
Thursday, November 20 through Saturday, November 22. Nov. 20-22 @ 7pm. Nov. 22 @ 2pm.
To be staged in the Bruce Montgomery Theatre and other locations in the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts.
Tickets available at www.annenbergcenter.org
Fefu is an unusual woman. Her daily rifle shots at her husband have so far not managed to kill him - or their relationship. She gathers her women friends together for a weekend of water play, philosophy, bourbon ice cubes, gender politics, and argument. Is wheelchair-bound Julia a prophet? Will Celia kiss Paula? Will Fefu ever hit her mark? Audiences, who travel from scene to scene in random order, piece together their own experiences of the powerful mysteries at the heart of this play, and come to their own conclusions. Susan Sontag called Obie award-winning Fefu and her Friends (1977) "a wonderful, important play." Explore Maria Irene Fornes' unforgettable dream-world, and find out why.
Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Christopher Haddad
Julia: Nicole Sandaniantz
Fefu: Alessandra Rodriguez
Cindy: Grayce Hoffman
Paula: Claris Park
Christina: Connie Kang
Emma: Miranda Cravetz
Cecilia: Aizhaneya Carter
Sue: Jane Rinehart-Greaser
August 29: Welcome (Back) Picnic
New at Penn? Join Us!
Join members of the Theatre Arts Program faculty, staff and student body in celebrating the start of a new academic year and
Come meet new friends, see old ones, find out about Theatre Arts classes, learn about production opportunities (onstage and offstage), learn about our classes, enter our free raffles and partake of free food and beverages .
Specific information on auditions for the fall mainstage production will be released, and you will have the opportunity to speak with the director of this production and also find out about backstage opportunities.
Come and find out what Theatre Arts has to offer you!
All members of the Penn community are welcome.
Place and Time:
3pm, Friday, August 29
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Plaza
(rain location: Theatre Arts Suite, Annenberg Center--Upper Mezzanine Level)