2014-2015 Annual Theatre Arts Artistic Residency
Public Performance of Residency workshop
By students of THAR275
6pm, Thursday, April 16
Free, limited seating open to the public
Bruce Montgomery Theatre, Annenberg Center for Performing Arts
Visit the Penn Art & Culture Flickr photo set from residency rehearsals
This year's Artistic Residency, sponsored by the Theatre Arts Program with the generous support of the Provost's Interdisciplinary Arts Fund, 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.
Spring 2015 Playwriting Class Short Play Readings
Jackie Goldfinger's Playwriting Class presentations
The Playwriting class will have their short plays read on Monday, April 20 at 2p.m. in the Montgomery Theatre, Annenberg Center for Performing Arts.
Everyone is welcome to attend!!
All but one student are brand new to playwriting so we are looking forward to celebrating their very new, very exciting journey this semester!
This year's professional actor participants are:
Alex Keiper (Arden)
Amanda Schoonover (Theatre Exile)
Sarah Gliko (Wilma)
J. Hernandez (Philly Shakes)
Brian McCann (PAC, Wilma)
Keith Conallen (Wilma)
PAST EVENTS 2014-2015
The Penn Plays Fellowship : But We're Happy
But We're Happy
by Joanna Glum (C'15)
Bruce Montgomery Theatre, Annenberg Center for Performing Arts
March 27, 2015
Staged reading performance to be followed by post-reading talkback.
Post-performance discussion to include project performers, director, playwright and playwrights Jacqueline Goldfinger and Bryan Delaney.
A Man, much like you and much like me, is in love. Unlike you and unlike me, he is in love with the Sun. His courtship catered from a park bench is interrupted by the Other Man, who, with little reason, pushes and prods until he's left to wonder if the Man is much like him, much like you, much like me - even in love. While neither quite knows what to make of the situation, it becomes clear that the issue at hand has nothing to do with the Sun or the Man or the Other Man and everything to do with the simple question of why and how these folk seek the company of others.
Tickets are free, but must be picked up at the Annenberg Center Box Office during regular hours
(M-F 9am-5pm) or on the night of the reading (while supplies last)
The Penn Plays Fellowship
The PENN PLAYS FELLOWSHIP is a collaborative playwriting project open to current Penn students, faculty, and staff. As the fellowship winner, Joanna (below, left) will receive a $500 award — and her play will go through a development process, based on critical feedback by professional writers, director and dramaturgs. The process will begin with a cold read-though at Writers House on December 5th and will culminate in a staged reading at at the Bruce Montgomery theatre on March 27, 7pm.
Thank you to all who applied! and special thanks to our judges, who were impressed with the range and depth of this year's submissions.
Honorable mention goes to Gina Elia for her play Those Were the Days: A Theatrical Adaptation (of Sorts) of Lu Xun's "In the Wine Tavern."
Directing the staged reading of this year's winning fellowship play will be People's Light & Theatre resident director Samantha Bellomo (below, center). The winning playwright will be mentored by award winning playwright Jackie Goldfinger (below, right)
Film or Stage? A Theatrical Night at the Movies
Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 6:00pm
FILM OR STAGE? WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON? | A THEATRICAL NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
This is a free event open to all members of the Penn community and will feature a free screening of a film (adapted from a stage play), free pizza, and lively post-screening discussion (debate) of film and stage topics between Dr. Timothy Corrigan, Director of the Cinema Studies Program and Dr. Marcia Ferguson, Director of Theatre Arts Program and selected students from these respective programs.
Pick a side and join in the debate!
The event begins with a vote for the film to be selected, with a vote period between March 3 and 16. The winner will be announced on March 16 and the film with the most votes will be featured at the screening. Click the link below to vote.
The screening will take place at 6pm on Thursday, March 19 in the Heyer Sky Lounge of Harrison College House.
This year's film choices span generations and genres:
You Can't Take It With You
Frank Capra's hilarious and charming film version of the Kaufman and Hart Broadway classic, which took the Oscar for Best Picture and Best Director in 1938. Features Lionel Barrymore, Jimmy Stewart, Jean Aurthur and an impressive collection of character actors.
Much Ado About Nothing
Directed and starring Kenneth Branagh, this 1993 critically-acclaimed film is based upon the Shakespearean play of the same name and features Emma Thompson and an impressive collection of Hollywood performers taking on Shakespearean roles.
The lively film version of the 'Comedy Crime Musical' stage version with the same name, starring Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere and others, which won Best Picture and other Oscars in 2002.
Voting : To vote for your favorite of the three films, click here.
The Heidi Chronicles
Thursday, February 19 – Saturday, February 21
Harold Prince Theatre, Annenberg Center for Performing Arts
$6 w/penncard, student, senior ; $8 general admission
Annenberg Center Box Office
Funny and bittersweet, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning comedy traces the journey of the “baby 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 (see it at Penn before its Broadway revival later this spring!).
The Normal Heart
A Staged Reading and Panel Discussion
Made possible by:
Provost's Year of Health
The Penn Theatre Initiative
January 30, 2015
6PM 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
Fefu and Her Friends
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.
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
Production photos from Fefu and Her Friends
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)