The Normal Heart
A Staged Reading and Panel Discussion
Made possible by:
Provost's Year of Health
The Penn Theatre Initiative
The University of Pennsylvania Theatre Arts Program is proud to announce its project for the Penn Provost’s Year of Health: a staged reading and panel discussion of Larry Kramer’s powerful, Tony-award-winning 1985 play, THE NORMAL HEART. The reading will feature a cross-disciplinary engagement of this ground-breaking play by students, staff, and faculty drawn from across Penn’s campus, including those from the LGBT community, the social sciences, public policy, and the humanities. Through the week-long rehearsal process, Penn student actors will have a unique and valuable opportunity to work alongside professional actors, and experience a deep, dimensional approach to the understanding of script analysis and theatrical expression. Following the staged reading in the Bruce Montgomery Theatre at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, a multi-disciplinary panel discussion will be led by a Theatre Arts faculty member, and will include director David Fox, who will be joined by a member of the Penn Medicine staff or faculty, a scholar from Penn’s LGBT community, and other scholarly/professional panel guests from relevant areas of teaching and research. This event will be open to the public and tickets will be free, though seating is limited. The Theatre Arts Program is grateful to the Penn Theatre Initiative and the Provost’s Year of Health project for their support in funding this event.
Penn students interested in participating in this event should write to David Fox at email@example.com.
Not interested in acting? We are filling production staff, including roles of assistant director/stage manager, lightboard operator, soundboard operator and assistant stage manager/running crew. Interested or have questions? Write to Cat Johnson or Eric Baratta for more info.
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
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).
This play features five roles for women and three roles for men.
Act for credit!
Performers in The Heidi Chronicles will enroll in THAR350 Rehearsal and Performance.
Audition location: Room 511, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3rd from 7 – 10pm
and FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5th from 6 – 9pm
Audition materials will be provided at auditions.
Questions about auditions? Can't make these dates? Email Dr. Malague
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)